Homework

Parents are in a bind when it comes to helping with homework. When they have a child who can’t focus long enough to complete homework assignments, or can’t understand the directions, or resists starting the assignment, or came home with the wrong book, parents sometimes over-help. As an advocate, it’s a judgment call advising a parent, guardian, grandparent, or even a sibling when to back off and only offer reasonable help at home. If there is over-helping, teachers don’t get accurate information as to how much the student can do independently. The homework or long-term assignment goes into school completed, corrected, looking neat and tidy, but it’s not the student’s work.

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