Or, still thinking what assignments do you will "suggest" to your students?
Are you on your way to select a summer holiday activity book?
Publishers fill your post box with new books and they claim to be the panacea?
Here you are a short article that can open your eyes or it will make you rethink about summer homework.
This is one of the articles published in The New York Times under the title The Crush of Summer Homework
What Homework Can’t Do
Nancy Kalish is the co-author of “The Case Against Homework: How Homework Is Hurting Our Children and What We Can Do About It.”
Summer homework sounds like a good idea…until you see how miserable a child looks as he slogs through that pile of book reports, math packets, journal entries, and other typical assignments. The summer load has grown significantly since we were kids. But a little hard work never hurt anyone, right?
Some studies claim that students lose skills they don’t practice over the summer. However, if a child can’t regain his grasp of fractions with a brief review, maybe those skills weren’t taught well enough in the first place. Doing a mountain of math sheets without a teacher’s help — and perhaps incorrectly — is not the answer.
But there are a few things summer homework does accomplish effectively: It steals time away from other important aspects of learning such as play, which helps kids master social skills and teamwork. In addition, writing book reports means kids spend fewer hours being physically active, which is essential for good health and weight control, not to mention proper brain development.
Perhaps worst of all, summer homework affects how kids feel about learning and school. Do we want our children to start the year refreshed and ready to learn? Or burned out and resentful? It’s something every teacher should carefully consider.
Do we want our children to start the year refreshed and ready to learn? Or burned out and resentful?
Do not miss my next post about some new ideas on ESL summer homework.