Can we ignore the homework and exercises in class?
Yes, but it is not advised.
All of our students experience classes differently. Some students participate a lot while others prefer to be muted the whole time. Both are okay.
However, if your want your students to maximize their potential then we suggest following the guidelines and structure set by the teacher. Not all teachers will give homework. Your teacher will tell you whether or not homework is due each week. If you are not sure if you have homework please contact your teacher directly through email.
Participating in class discussions and exercises is more important than homework. Class time is the only time where your student can practice speaking skills with classmates and the teacher. By participating in class, students are forming connections that will bring benefits years down the road. They are learning how to communicate with people in different cultures using a foreign language. Building the confidence to speak up in class takes time, but it is worth it.
We advise that you take advantage of all the resources available to you. We know students are often burdened with too much homework. In fact, homework has been shown to have a negative impact on mental health. We are interested in guiding young people to become successful. Therefore, we recommend taking a holistic approach to learning. Consider the overall health of your child.
If you think your child needs more practice there are alternatives to homework. It is possible to have children practice useful skills and knowledge while maintaining a healthy life. For example, if your child is taking English classes they can still review concepts in other ways.
- Take turns reading a book together.
- Review a class video from 3 - 4 weeks ago.
- Ask your child questions in English even if your English isn’t great.
- Make vocabulary flash cards (add pictures, make it fun).
There are many things you can do to help your child learn. Homework is not always the answer.
Answered by Chris Ternosky