Session 3—Chapter Two: Homework in the Context of the New Family Essential Questions: What is the role of parents when it comes to homework? To what extent should we expect home life and school life to be intertwined? How might we teach without judging the values of our students’ families?
Reflections on parent-teacher conferences (in groups of 4-6)
What did your parents say about homework during your conferences?
What types of questions about homework did parents ask during conferences?
Discuss some of the different parenting styles you encountered at conferences.
What beliefs about the place of academic work in home life emerged in your conversations with parents? Did you see evidence of any of the following?
“All academics, all the time.”
“Balancing academics and family-chosen activities.”
“Balancing academics, leisure, and happiness.”
“The priority of family responsibilities and paid work.”
What levels of parental involvement with homework were revealed in your conversations?