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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?

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Session 3 chapter two homework in the context of the new family essential questions

  • 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?

  • What might we do to address the socio-economic differences among our students?


Reflections on parent teacher conferences in groups of 4 6

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?


The three socio economic gaps

The three socio-economic gaps

  • The reading gap

  • The conversation gap

  • The health and housing gap

  • What can/should we do about the three gaps?


What are your reactions to ruby payne s suggestions page 40

What are your reactions to Ruby Payne’s suggestions? (page 40)

  • Do not assume the child has a quiet place to do homework.

  • Do not assume the child has a parent home in the evening.

  • Do not assume the child’s parents speak and read English.

  • Do not assume the family has money for school supplies.

  • Do not assume the child has access to materials such as paper, a pencil sharpener, scissors, glue, magazines, or a calculator.


What is your reaction to the goldberg quote page 44

What is your reaction to the Goldberg quote? (page 44)

  • Homework is an anomaly that transverses the boundary between family and school. It is a standard created at school for behavior to take place in the home. There is no other area in a child’s life where an authority outside the parent has so much influence on policies and practices at home… School… is mandatory, and homework has become an assumed extension of that legal mandate. (p. 4)


A bill of rights for homework

A Bill of Rights for Homework

  • Turn to page 55 and reread the Bill of Rights for Homework.

  • Which aspects do you agree with and why?

  • Which aspects do you disagree with and why?

  • What ideas might we utilize in our own practices?

  • What aspects might be beneficial for more of our staff to examine?


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