6 Steps for Saying No to Homework

I’m asked often by parents, how can they extract their child from the irrelevant daily ritual of homework? The process is often simpler than first thought. “The child belongs to the family. A child is not school property”. Heather Shumaker 6 steps for Saying No to Homework: Know your stuff . Have a look over the research and feel confident that …

Episode 124: Questioning Homework with Alfie Kohn

In this episode the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare revisits the topic of homework, with educator, author and advocate Alfie Kohn. Hear: What the research says about the impact of homework on academic learning, time management skills and school/home continuity 3 reasons that we cling to homework in spite of what the research says What the alternative to homework looks like …

Episode 94: Rethinking Homework – Part 4

Want to know what homework free afternoons look like? In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare shares how her children spend their freedom filled afternoons, which they add to in their own words. A little warning comes with this episode, that the child conversations alternate between being very quiet and very loud. Be cautious with the volume so …

Episode 93: Rethinking Homework – Part 3

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare continues the homework mini-series, looking specifically now at school policy. What does your school policy say about homework? Is it consistent with what you see in your child’s classroom? Are there any core beliefs, themes or inaccuracies that you can tap into when renegotiating homework? Links for this episode: #52: How …

Episode 92: Rethinking Homework – Part 2

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare continues the homework mini-series. Join her fora deep dive into what the research concludes about its benefits (or lack of). Links for this episode: The Homework Myth book by Alfie Kohn Reforming Homework book by Mike Horsley and Richard Walker Clare’s blog post: The facts on homework Episode 41: Brilliant Boys …

Episode 91: Rethinking Homework – Part 1

In this episode of the Thriving Children Podcast, Clare kicks off a mini-series about homework. She shares her personal and professional story of homework rebellion, then 3 tips for the mindset of doing things differently. Links for this episode: 60 Minutes episode: No homework Justin Coulson’s Homework Letter Email Clare: [email protected]   LISTEN IN

Episode 15: No Homework! 

After recently being featured in a 60 Minutes story about homework, Clare takes this opportunity to debunk 8 myths about homework. 8 reasons that parents and teachers are clinging onto this unnecessary daily practice, despite there being no academic benefit. Myth 1- Homework is compulsory Myth 2 – Saying no is lazy parenting Myth 3 – It’ll create mediocre kids …

Homework Debunked

The homework debate continues with gusto after last week’s episode of 60 Minutes, which featured my family.

Horrendous Homework

As a teacher, many people are surprised to hear my views on homework. I don’t like it and here’s why…