Amount of homework in U.S. vs. the rest of the world
Recommended amount of homework vs. actual homework assignedHomework varies greatly depending on the grade and subject. The National PTA recommends teachers to follow the 10-minute rule when it comes to assigning homework, which means there should be 10 minutes of homework per grade. For example, 1st graders should receive 10 minutes per night, 2nd graders receive 20 minutes, and so on. Increasingly, parents and teachers favor systems like this because they reduce stress on the student, teacher, and parent, while simultaneously improving the student’s test scores.
Traditional schools vs. Montessori schools
Active learning: Montessori schools stress an active approach to learning. Rather than having a teacher stand and orate lessons, students are encouraged to use a hands-on approach and discover new information for themselves.
Time: Children are given as much time as they need to understand new information, so they can learn at their own pace.
Teachers: In Montessori schools, teachers act like Sherpas, guiding students through lessons and homework to help them grasp concepts.
Different ages: In a traditional school, all students in a grade are close to the same age. In Montessori schools, students range in age within 3 years. For example, a Montessori teaching session may involve children ages 3-6.
A balanced approach to homework
As parents and teachers, we want to educate our children to the best of our ability. This includes utilizing homework as a supplement to schoolwork. Yet, overloading students with too much homework can be counterproductive, and even harmful. A balanced homework plan can help students learn, while easing stress on parents and teachers alike.