To give or not to give

Throughout my practicum experiences and observations in numerous classrooms, I have noticed that there is quite a discrepancy amongst teachers whether or not homework has or does not have a benefit. I believe that it comes down to an abundance of components, not simply the grade level that the student is in. This is inquiry is mainly intermediate focused.

During my last practicum in a grade 4/5 classroom, my Sponsor Teacher did not believe in giving out homework, and she had a very solid argument as to why. However, I know of lots of teachers in grade 5 that do give out homework to their students, so I wanted to research it so that I can form my own opinion on the topic.

Today’s blog post is going to give an insight into the BENEFITS of giving out homework. Here is a list of 10 benefits to it:

10 Benefits of Homework

Homework teaches students about time management.
Homework teaches students how to set priorities.
Homework helps teachers determine how well the lessons and material are being understood by their students.
Homework teaches students how to problem solve.
Homework gives students another opportunity to review the class material.
Homework gives parents a chance to see what their child is learning in school.
Homework teaches students that they have to do things, even when they don’t want to.
Homework teaches students how to take responsibility for their part in the educational process.
Homework teaches students how to work independently.
Homework teaches students the importance of planning, staying organized and taking action.


10 Benefits of Homework

10 Replies to “To give or not to give”

  1. I look forward to reading more of your posts on this topic as I feel it is somewhat controversial. I personally do not have much insight on the topic as both my practicum experiences were in a primary setting. Although I am sure there is still a very strong argument either way. I am curious to see through your posts whether or not there is more research supporting the positives or negatives of giving homework or if it will be relatively equal. If the research is equal then I wonder if you think distributing homework should be dependent of your particular class?

    1. Yes, I definitely think that distributing homework should be dependent of every class. As I continue my research, I think I am beginning to develop an opinion that homework should only be given if the students have not finished something when they have had more than enough time to complete the assignment. Instead of assigning “homework” I can give out extra “practice” worksheets for those students who would like to do more, or their parents want to see them doing more at home.

  2. I am excited to see your further posts regarding giving or not giving homework. I feel that it is a very controversial topic. I am yet to really form my own opinion regarding it because I have not done much research on it. It was very beneficial to read about the pros of giving homework. I do think learning about time management and setting priorities will help students vastly with their futures. Also, giving parents the opportunity to see what their child is learning at school is important. This is a great topic and I am looking forward to your next post.
    -Breanna 🙂

  3. I love your topic! One that I am personally not at a point of having solid upderstanding on how I feel as well. I am excited to follow this because it will help me in my practicum experience this year as well.
    I like the benefit of time management and being organized because it is one of the biggies when it comes to actual application in high school and life. I am curious though if that will shift or if we will still stress the importance of it in educaion today.
    How do you feel about 70 minutes of homework a day? I heard through the grapevine that is an average of what grade 7’s should be doing? I don’t know if i is accurate though.


    1. I think that 70 minutes of homework is too much for grade 7. Although I do think that giving homework will help them for high school, I think that it should only be assigned when they have not finished something that they have had lots of time to complete in class. In addition to unfinished homework, I would also maybe assign 30 minutes of silent reading, and some additional “practice” worksheets for those who would like to do more.

  4. I really like this topic because it is a very viewed topic and everyone has some form of opinion on it. I like that you also added information about your experience because it gives you as the student and us as readers a chance to get a better look at what is going on in a teacher’s head. I am looking forward to hearing more about this topic and seeing how you grow from this topic as well.
    – Jaime

  5. What an interesting topic. To be honest, I haven’t done enough research into this to know if homework is beneficial or not, so I look forward to reading your blog!
    The sponsor teacher’s (grades 2-4) I have worked with so far did not send home homework for various reasons. However, while my current sponsor teacher does not send home “homework,” she does have home reading for them. They bring home a booklet each night and have their parents help them or simply sign off on it. There are so many benefits to reading at home but not every student has access to books. This way, they have reading pre-printed in the booklet to read and practice with.
    -Genoa 🙂

    1. I definitely agree that reading should be something they are doing every night! I would always like to assign silent reading, but would never make it an absolutely mandatory thing. I think that it is up to the parents to have their child read every night, and I wouldn’t want to make them hate reading because it is something that I am assigning every day. It should be something they want to do!

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