HOMEWORK, SLEEP AND THE STUDENT BRAIN

HOMEWORK, SLEEP, AND THE STUDENT BRAIN

Glenn Whitman

Director, The Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning

http://edutopia.org/blog, 23/07/2014

At some point, every parent wishes their high school aged student would go to bed earlier as well as find time to pursue their own passions — or maybe even choose to relax. This thought reemerged as I reread Anna Quindlen’s commencement speech, A Short Guide to a Happy Life. The central message of this address, never actually stated, was: “Get a life.”

But what prevents students from “getting a life,” especially between September and June? One answer is homework.

Favorable Working Conditions

As a history teacher at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and director of the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning, I want to be clear that I both give and support the idea of homework. But homework, whether good or bad, takes time and often cuts into each student’s sleep, family dinner, or freedom to follow passions outside of school. For too many students, homework is too often about compliance and “not losing points” rather than about learning. Read more →

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Jul 2014
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