The debate over homework has gone on for decades, but schools and families have changed in many ways, and, as author Cathy Vatterott notes, “There’s a. Meet the Homework Lady. Cathy Vatterott. Homework Lady was created to provide information to teachers, school administrators, parents, and the general. Rethinking Homework has ratings and 40 reviews. Cathy In Cathy Vatterott’s book Rethinking Homework, Vatterott explains two sides of a long debated.

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Apr 28, Lindsay rated it it was amazing. Which teacher behaviors and attitudes reinforce good homework practices. There is a renegotiation going on caghy now between the public and our education system. Vatterott provides useful ideas, and makes a teacher think about how to assign effective, fair homework. Intellectual activity is intrinsically more valuable than nonintellectual activity.

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Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs examines the role homework has played in the culture of schooling over the years; how such factors as family life, the media, and the “balance movement” have affected the homework controversy; and what research–and educators’ common sense–tells us about the effects of homework on student learning.

I know a lot of students struggle through too much homework, while others refuse to do it because it’s more repetition of skills they already have. The more self-reflexive we are in our practice–pro OR anti-homework–the better teachers we all will be.

Great hojework for teachers. I don’t agree with everything in it, but I do think that the author makes some legitimate vattterott.

This book spurred me to reflect about my instructional practices, so it had value for that reason, although I didn’t agree with all the author’s conclusions or recommendations. I just wish that there were more concrete recommendations.


The book is split into 5 main chapters that essentially cover history, dynamics, research, practices, and strategies. Though it is not expounding on in this book, these step have value far beyond homework. She is bringing up these ideas for consideration and self-reflection, and she provides a lot for us to think about.

The debate over homework has gone on for decades, but schools and families have changed in many ways, and, as author Cathy Vatterott notes, “There’s a growing suspicion that something is wrong with homework. August 5, 44 Comments.

Jan 02, Amanda rated it it was ok. Vatterott frames the execution of her central goal: The other very important point that Vatterott makes is that differentiation is key to homework that supports learning. When I am the Queen of Education, I’m going to ask all my loyal subjects to read this. September 28, at 1: Lots to like here. She is a former middle school and high school teacher and middle school principal. Books by Cathy Vatterott.

August 5, at 5: Numerous examples from teachers and schools that have revised their practices and policies for homework illustrate the new paradigm in action. Not quite–she does say that some teachers use h A nice quick book that brings up a lot of thoughts. Schools should take a look at this homework bill of rights and then have a discussion This book was a real eye opener to me.

Rethinking Homework: Best Practices That Support Diverse Needs

Instead, the author urges educators to replace the “old paradigm” characterized by longstanding cultural beliefs, moralistic views, the puritan work ethic, and behaviorist philosophy with a “new paradigm” based on the following elements: Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required.

Establish formal methods of parent-teacher communication. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Homework Survey for Parents. November 18, at 8: I cannot wait to read this book, even if I don’t necessarily agree that homework will be around forever. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Kohn doesn’t make many explicit suggestions for teachers but he vatterot really good at making you think about the purpose and need for homework.


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Endorse a set of inalienable homework rights. Best Practices that Support Diverse Needs. Finally, I really like Vatterott’s focus on learning being the end goal and the way that all else should be driven by that time spent, frustration levels, etc. To ask other readers questions about Rethinking Homeworkplease sign up. At each grade level, there appears to be an optimum amount of homework. homesork

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Apr 29, Dave Intlekofer rated it it was ok. It was too long for a book. Parenting styles Beliefs about the place of academic work in life Parent involvement in homework Economic realities Power structures at home While any one of these topics could create enough fodder for a Malcolm Gladwell book, the brief exposure to them has the cumulative effect of making the homework dilemma seem downright impossible to solve. You’ve inspired me to read it! One person found this helpful. Veteran teacher, trainer, professor, consultant, and author Cathy Vatterott distills her years of experience with all kinds of schools into a balanced approach that ensures homework leads to more opportunities for learning and teaching At last, a book that forever solves the debate over whether homework is an essential component of rigorous schooling or a harmful practice.

Highly recommend this for all teachers and administrators, no matter what grade level.