What Teachers Want You To Know: Homework Tips & Suggestions

1. When it comes to homework, parents play the most important role. The educator can assign the task, but if the parent is not encouraging/motivating their child to complete the task or do their best at home, scholars are not only missing out on valuable instruction, but skills such as studying and having a good work ethic. 
It is important for parents to be involved in their child’s education, and to know what work is being assigned as far as homework and projects or when assessments are given. Parents should communicate (if not daily then weekly) with their child’s teacher or if the teacher has a website, view the site for updates or homework assignments on a daily basis.

2. At some point all teachers get blamed for something, and I have had my share. I have been blamed for a scholar not understanding a particular concept when in fact that scholar had not completed any in class or outside assignments even with parents being aware. In the Equation of Success for a child, the Parent + Child + Teacher = Success. The parent and child make up 2/3 of that equation. And that’s a big part! We all have to be in it together.

3. Homework tips for parents: 
•Ask the child to teach you what is being taught in class. Kids love to share their new found knowledge with anyone, especially their parents. Have kids teach you.
•Talk to the teacher: We WELCOME parent involvement and we have TONS of resources. If you can’t understand something, let your child’s teacher know and he/she will be happy to assist you!
•The internet is huge! Search the internet for video tutorials if you’re not knowledgeable on a particular subject.
•Visit the library and check out books for free! Learn what your scholar is learning or help them dig deeper into concepts.
•To keep up with daily homework assignments, buy your child an agenda and have the teacher sign it with the nightly homework. Also, this year I’m utilizing Remind 101. Each night I send a mass text to parents on my distribution list with homework that had been assigned for the evening. Ask your scholars teacher have they signed up for Remind 101.

4. The parent and teacher relationship is one of the MOST important relationships you can have. We want to work alongside the parents to do what’s in the best interest for the scholar so we can see them grow into responsible, successful citizens. If the bond between the parent and teacher is broken, that can be a bad situation for the scholar. The scholar may not feel as motivated to perform because he/she knows his/her parents do not care for the teacher. 
Honestly, I can’t give a percentage on parental involvement. It depends on the culture of the school and community. My first school was Title One and high poverty in rural North Carolina. Parents were concerned with their children’s education, but there was very little involvement because the parents worked multiple jobs to make ends meet. The school I currently teach at has a lot more parent involvement and the communication with parents and teachers is truly great! 

Kia Dessaure teaches sixth grade mathematics at K-8 magnet school in Charlotte, NC.  She is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Executive Leadership where she hopes to obtain a job in Nonprofit.

“Every teacher may not be a parent, but every parent is definitely a teacher.” Education starts at home. Its important that parents take an active role in their child’s education.- Kia

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