Oh, homework. There is little else in school that is more controversial. Does it benefit the students or not?
Research indicates that homework at the high school level has a positive effect on student achievement, but the effect is much less at the elementary level. Elementary teachers, however, often report that they assign homework to develop responsibility and effective skills for college and life – skills such as planning, organizing, managing time, making choices and problem solving.
Unfortunately, that list includes the exact executive functioning skills that many students with learning disabilities and/or ADHD struggle with. So how can parents help set their children up for success with homework?
For most children, it is beneficial to set up a consistent homework routine. Students with executive functioning difficulties need consistency and structure in order to develop a habit or routine.
Homework can present real struggles for many students with learning disabilities and ADHD. Prepare your family with a plan so that the structure is set before school gets rolling this fall.
Blogger Stephanie Dunne, Ed.S., is the Center Director at Springer School and Center. Prior to coming to Springer, Stephanie practiced as a school psychologist in public and private schools for ten years. If you have questions, please contact Director of Learning Programs Carmen Mendoza at .