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Helping Your Students With Homework: A Guide for Teachers - February 1998

Overcoming the Obstacles

Fortunately, a number of strategies are known to help overcome the obstacles. Used together, these strategies can make homework less stressful, more enjoyable, and more meaningful. The tips can also help students master the ability to learn independently.

The information in this booklet is based on sound educational research and the experiences of award-winning teachers who have shared their favorite assignments and best strategies for getting students to complete homework successfully. These teachers come from all around the country and put their talents to work in many kinds of schools and communities--urban, inner-city, suburban, small town, and rural. They teach a broad range of subjects and at a variety of grade levels.

Echoing the sentiments of many of her colleagues, Barbara Allen, an Illinois high school art teacher, explains:

"When students think of homework, usually it's a negative thought. But it shouldn't be, because learning should be fun. I don't think anybody today can become truly educated if they don't learn to work on their own."


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