When the last bell rings for the day, you most likely see students burst out of school so happy to be free! They’re ready to meet up with friends, participate in activities, scarf down a snack or two, and enjoy their night. Once they arrive home, however, they realize that it’s not all popcorn and video games: They have to do their homework. There are math worksheets to complete, essays to write, and pages to read. It’s sometimes the last thing a student wants to do, but homework doesn’t have to be a chore—or worse, a battle. You don’t want it to be that way, and neither do your parents.
Thankfully Harris Cooper, a distinguished professor in the department of psychology and neuroscience at Duke University, has spent more than two decades researching the issues surrounding homework. He offers plenty of great advice that you can share with parents to help ease homework pain.
Below, we’ve included some homework tips from the professor along with a list of supplies parents can keep on hand at home to ease the stress of homework time.
Share Cooper’s homework tips below with your classroom parents, and hopefully homework time will become less of a battle and more of a win—for your students, their parents, and you!
The following homework supply list will help ensure your child has the necessary supplies to be successful. Supplemental homework supplies may be needed throughout the year for special projects, but if you keep the below items stocked in your child’s homework station, they will have all the tools they need for most homework assignments.
Number 2 pencils
Pencil sharpener (electric)