“These kids are going to have situations that will cause them stress and they need to figure out how to handle it.” Virginia Naughton, a grandmother in Brooklyn, New York, says she sees homework as the most direct way to know what’s going on in kids’ daily lives.
“Homework is sort of a pulse, a starting point, to talk about classes, school friends and whatever else is going on,” she says.
“I also gave homework to get them thinking about things that we’d talk about the next day, for example, why they thought the U. Another went to the library on the way home every afternoon for the same reason.
It was the sole place she could concentrate.” Likewise, Chicago elementary school teacher Mariam Cosey sees the impact of poverty, hunger, and insecure or overcrowded housing in her classroom each and every day.
Her work has appeared in many publications including Education Week, and her blog, Practical Leadership, was featured on the Scholastic website.
She has been a presenter and consultant, and with Magna Publications she developed videos on demand highlighting successful strategies for classroom teachers.
Among her honors is a Woman of Distinction Award from the New York State Senate.
She is a strong believer that all kids can learn and that teaching requires art, skill, and a good sense of humor.
Sid Kivanoski, a recently retired teacher at one of New York City’s highly competitive specialized high schools, is also a proponent of homework.
He explains that because New York students have to pass Regents exams in English, math, science and social studies to earn a diploma, assigning homework ensures coverage of material that might appear on the exam, but that he was unable to address during class. Still, Kivanoski knows that many of his students faced enormous challenges in completing their assignments. to do homework because that was the only time it was quiet at home.