January Newsletter

Mr. H's Class 2016

Welcome Back!

I hope you all had a relaxing and peaceful winter break. Our week thus far has been spectacular, and your children seem to have matured over the break.

Important Dates

Monday, January 18, 2016

MLK Day - no school

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Report Cards Go Home

Monday, February 01, 2016

Staff Development - no school

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Staff Development - no school


Homework

As teachers, parents will often ask us: "Could we have more homework, we really want our child to improve/be more successful/get ahead." Many are often surprised at how little homework we assign in 3rd grade. While homework has been a part of school for centuries, we need to take a close look at what we do, and why we do it to make informed decisions that can best help students learn. Please read this excerpt from a Washington Post article by researcher and author Alfie Kohn on some of our latest findings about homework.


"First, no research has ever found a benefit to assigning homework (of any kind or in any amount) in elementary school. In fact, there isn’t even a positive correlation between, on the one hand, having younger children do some homework (vs. none), or more (vs. less), and, on the other hand, any measure of achievement. If we’re making 12-year-olds, much less five-year-olds, do homework, it’s either because we’re misinformed about what the evidence says or because we think kids ought to have to do homework despite what the evidence says.


Second, even at the high school level, the research supporting homework hasn’t been particularly persuasive. There does seem to be a correlation between homework and standardized test scores, but (a) it isn’t strong, meaning that homework doesn’t explain much of the variance in scores, (b) one prominent researcher, Timothy Keith, who did find a solid correlation, returned to the topic a decade later to enter more variables into the equation simultaneously, only to discover that the improved study showed that homework had no effect after all[2], and (c) at best we’re only talking about a correlation — things that go together — without having proved that doing more homework causes test scores to go up. (Take 10 seconds to see if you can come up with other variables that might be driving both of these things.)


Third, when homework is related to test scores, the connection tends to be strongest — or, actually, least tenuous — with math. If homework turns out to be unnecessary for students to succeed in that subject, it’s probably unnecessary everywhere."

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Archery Trick Shots | Dude Perfect

Perfecting our Aim

To start the new year we began by having a conversation about archery. In archery you have to think about where you want your arrow to go before you release it. Sometimes you hit the target, and other times you miss. What is important is not where the arrow lands, but where you intend for it to go. When we hit the target, we celebrate, but when we miss we adjust our aim and keep trying. The more we practice, the more often we hit our target. Learning is the same way. We have to aim carefully and try our best. Even when we don't meet our goals, we keep going until we do.