Research Trends: Why Homework Should Be Balanced
What kinds of homework seem to be most effective?
The Risks of Guesstimating Homework Time from Edutopia
Stanford Research Shows Pitfalls of Homework
Freeing Students – and Teachers – From Homework from Edutopia

AES Homework Beliefs & Guidelines
We believe that…                                                      

  •    middle school students experience increased achievement when they continue to learn outside the classroom. This includes teacher-assigned homework.
  •    homework may introduce, reinforce, extend or enrich learning.
  •    assignments are designed to be completed with minimal adult assistance.
  •    homework helps students become independent learners.
  •    homework is a part of the developmental continuum. As students get older, their ability to learn independently outside the classroom increases.


  •    Because every child is unique, the length of time it takes a student to complete homework will depend upon a variety of factors: a student’s efficiency, learning styles, English language proficiency, work habits, prior knowledge and distractions.
  •    While the amount of time that students devote to daily homework will vary, the Middle School recommends a maximum average of:
  •    Grade 6: about 60 minutes daily (5 days per week) Grade 7: about 70 minutes daily (5 days per week) Grade 8: about 80 minutes daily (5 days per week)
  •    These guidelines do not include independent reading.
  •    Assignment expectations and due dates will be clearly communicated and reviewed with students prior to the end of class. Assignments will also be available on the teacher’s online calendar.
  •    Periodically throughout the year the middle school has “No Homework Weekends.” These are meant to provide a restorative time for the family to relax and re-energize. These generally fall on long weekends. During these weekends, no homework will be due the next class after the break.

Homework Articles
The Homework I With My Child Brought Home From School

Homework / Play
AES Home Learning

Gever Tully: 5 Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do

Opposing Homework:
Synthesis of Research Findings on Homework  By Chick Moorman and Thomas Haller  http://www.janebluestein.com/articles/hw_research.html

The Homework Myth By Alfie Kohn http://www.alfiekohn.org/books/hm.htm (book)

Rethinking Homework By Alfie Kohn http://www.alfiekohn.org/teaching/rethinkinghomework.htm

The Case Against Homework By Sarah Bennett and Nancy Kalish http://www.thecaseagainsthomework.com/


Dan Meyer http://blog.mrmeyer.com/?p=133

Support for Limited Homework:
Too Much Homework In Middle School http://www.learningrx.com/too-much-homework-in-middle-school-faq.htm

Middle School Homework Committee Executive Summary http://www.glenview34.org/aboutus/news/docs/middleschooltaskforce/9.1%20Hmwk%20Committee-Exec%20Summary.pdf

Homework – What Research Says What Is Its Value? By Barbara Pytel http://barbara-pytel.suite101.com/homework-what-research-says-a17761

Harris Cooper http://cooper.socialpsychology.org/

The Myth About Homework http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1376208-2,00.html

Duke Study: Homework Helps Students Succeed in School, As Long as There Isn’t Too Much http://today.duke.edu/2006/03/homework.html

Gary Garbe and David Guy, No Homework Left Behind http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/summer06/vol63/num09/No-Homework-Left-Behind.aspx

Robert Marzano and Debra Pickering, The Case For and Against Homework http://www.ascd.org/publications/educational-leadership/mar07/vol64/num06/The-Case-For-and-Against-Homework.aspx

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