Fourth Grade Teacher Ali Baran Explores the Role of Homework in NAIS Independent School Magazine

Category:

In the summer of 2016, a group of Park faculty members across grade levels and divisions had the opportunity to explore the current research around homework and the role that it plays in students’ lives here at Park. The project was funded through the F. Parvin Sharpless Faculty and Curricular Advancement (FACA) program — Park’s innovative professional development program that provides teachers time and funding for intensive study that directly benefits Park students. 

A participant in the FACA project “Examining the Role of Homework at Park School,” fourth grade teacher Ali Baran recently wrote an article for NAIS Independent School Magazine that discusses the history of take-home assignments, where we are today, and what schools need to consider as they evaluate their approaches. The following is a brief excerpt from the article:

What we’ve learned so far is that when it comes to homework, we cannot practice a one-size-fits-all approach. It has always been our default to assign homework, but what would happen if we conducted an experiment? What if not giving homework became our default setting? What if we asked ourselves: Is there a specific reason that this homework assignment is necessary? Then maybe we could truly be mindful of our students’ lives outside of school, and put the learning and well-being of students first.

Click here to read the full article.

Back to The Latest

Share

Related Posts

Visual Arts Chair Christine Tillman Featured in BmoreArt

Park School’s Pre-K-12 Visual Arts Chair and Upper School Visual Arts Teacher Christine Buckton Tillman was featured in BmoreArt this week. The in-depth interview covered art education, the Baltimore art...

Park’s Debbie Roffman Discusses Her New Book on WYPR’s Midday

Park School’s Debbie Roffman was on the air this week to discuss her new book, The Science of Babies, and, more generally, to talk about child development and how to...

Park’s ISAMR Club Featured on WYPR

Today WYPR spoke with Park’s Upper School science department chair Julie Rogers and Poly’s Upper School environmental science teacher Vicki Mathew about the International Student-led Arctic Monitoring and Research program...