Five Hot Homework Tips for Parents | ED.gov Blog

Parents,

It is never too late to help your child learn good study habits. Homework, although sometimes a challenge, is part of the learning process and depends on a child practicing skills learned in the classroom. Studies have shown that homework and school grades go hand in hand. The more time quality time spent on homework, the better the grades. Note the emphasis on quality over quantity. Your child does not have to spend a lot of time for the homework to be effective; the child simply needs good study skills.

Check out “Homeroom“–the blog site for the U.S. Department of Education.  Explore more than this one post, though. There is a lot of good information that can help your child succeed with flying colors!

For additional information on parent engagement, take a look at this site, aptly named “Parent and Family Engagement.

Teachers, make sure your students know how, what, and where to study for optimal performance.  Practice of good study skills leads to faster learning and homework preparation. All kids want to learn to save time on their homework. Show them how.

Can’t do a direct link? Here are the URLs.

The Homework post:  http://www.ed.gov/blog/2013/01/five-hot-homework-tips-for-parents/

Homeroom blog site:  http://www.ed.gov/blog/

Parent Engagement site:  http://www.ed.gov/parent-and-family-engagement

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Free Webinars for Teacher Personal Professional Development

The summer break is only half over. You still have time to add to your online teaching skills by participating in free professional development webinars, following bloggers specializing in virtual teaching, and participating in the Back-to-School Olympics.

Click over to the following blog from Virtual School Meanderings to learn more.

Virtual School Meanderings URL: http://virtualschooling.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/digital-learning-day-sneak-peek-new-website-upcoming-webinars-and-back-to-school-olympics/

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NAEP Questions Tool v4.0

Have you ever wondered what the questions look like for the NAEP? Here’s a tool that lets your know. I found some of the questions interesting. For example, I landed on a music knowledge question. Considering that many schools are dropping their music programs because districts are losing funding, I found the “music responding” content classification to be nearly superfluous at this time. However, a lot of schools have managed to save their programs, so perhaps this content area is not so surprising. However, here’s the link to the tool. Explore, learn, and enjoy!

NAEP Questions Tool v4.0.

URL: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/itmrlsx/detail.aspx

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