The practical tips that this video includes make it seem so helpful – to both teachers and parents. Even though it doesn’t go into extreme detail, it’s a real way of looking at a few ideas that can truly help. Instead of overwhelming the viewer with loads of suggestions, it sticks to a few really great ideas that work with young students.
We all know that homework is a school stressor for students and parents alike. This video doesn’t just talk about how to help children balance schoolwork and the rest of their activities, but it also speaks to the ways in which parents need to help their children – and when not to. What struck me was the ending of the clip, when it’s pointed out that parents need to talk their children through a stressful assignment instead of ‘doing’ the work for them.
I enjoyed the simple way that this piece backs up the idea that too much involvement isn’t helpful for the student. By including relevant research (in a clear and concrete way), it gives any teacher a foundation for helping parents to understand why overparenting (in terms of school) isn’t a positive thing all of the time.
Not only is this a truly comprehensive resource, but it’s also something that I can see easily being used as a handout on ‘parent night’ or ‘open house’. Parents have so many questions, and always seem to second-guess if what they’re doing is right. What this resource does is to break down the tips int general and subject-specific ideas – providing well-rounded answers.
The suggestions from a real teacher make this article helpful in a completely practical way. Not only does it give you a few great ideas to bring to the parents, but it’s also an easy-to-read (i.e., there’s no fancy educational jargon that the non-educator wouldn’t understand) and perfect for parents themselves.