To be unwilling to encourage dd do her homework this week as for the past 3 weeks her homework has not been marked?

(38 Posts)
chocolatespiders Sun 07-Jul-13 19:39:13

Or do I accept that it is a busy time of the year for teachers.

We have been enjoying the sunshine far to much to think about homework!!

Shesaysso Sun 07-Jul-13 19:44:58

Same thing happens at my DS's school. We havent done it this week. I'm sorry but I think if his teachers can't even be bothered to look at it why should we bother. He gets really disheartened when his elder sister gets feedback/ stickers for her homework and he gets nothing.

Eyesunderarock Sun 07-Jul-13 19:47:25

I hate giving regular homework and I hate marking it.
Write a note giving your reasons.

Piddlepuddle Sun 07-Jul-13 19:49:11

No you are absolutely NBU

Is absolutely fair enough that no one wants to or has the time to mark it.

In which case don't set the bloody stuff

Eyesunderarock Sun 07-Jul-13 19:50:25

School rules. sad

WMittens Sun 07-Jul-13 19:50:47

I'm sorry but I think if his teachers can't even be bothered to look at it why should we bother.

Because you want your child to get educated?

I agree that the lack of feedback is crap, but the idea is to gain knowledge, not marks.

Euphemia Sun 07-Jul-13 19:51:48

YANBU, and I'm a teacher!

I'd be tempted not to bother, and see if the teacher even noticed.

arethereanyleftatall Sun 07-Jul-13 19:52:44

Isn't homework for the Childs benefit, regardless of whether it's marked or not.

chocolatespiders Sun 07-Jul-13 19:55:27

If she doesn't do it she will miss play/lunch time and will have to do it during this time.
It is planning and designing an advert>>> oh no I think we have left it to late.. dd is still cooling in the paddling pool smile

fuzzpig Sun 07-Jul-13 19:55:36

I would, but DD quite likes doing her fortnightly HW anyway (she's only 6, so that may not last forever grin) so no battle.

I did find that a lot of her HW seemed to get 'marked' (commented on) in one go last term - could that be the case with your DC?

Oh dear, hopes none of yours are in my class I don't think I've marked homework for a couple of weeks because I've been so busy doing other things for end of term like plays, leaving assemblies, getting things organised to move classrooms, dealing with children who are worried about next year etc. Makes note to self to check books tomorrow :-)

chocolatespiders Sun 07-Jul-13 19:56:16

We did do the numeracy this morning smile

soverylucky Sun 07-Jul-13 19:56:29

Normally I would say YANBU but there may be reasons why it has not been marked. Is this a problem that has persisted all year or is it just the last three weeks? The teacher may have been ill, there are lots and lots of reports to write at the moment, end of year exams to mark, performance management targets to update and supply evidence for, organisation of trips or end of year shows etc. I think if this has been an on going problem then YANBU but if it is a one off and the rest of the year has been fine then perhaps give the teacher another chance.

ApocalypseThen Sun 07-Jul-13 19:57:38

You do know that homework is for the child's benefit? It's not piecework that teachers are being paid to extract from child slaves.

Eyesunderarock Sun 07-Jul-13 19:58:28

Adverts are easy, faff around on word for a while, import images.
Email it or put it on a memory stick.
Or don't bother, but say why. The teacher has no defence then.

formicadinosaur Sun 07-Jul-13 19:58:46

My DS started to write quite outrageous things in his homework and always got a big tick.

ANormalOne Sun 07-Jul-13 19:58:58

I think you should encourage your DD to do homework still, but bring it up with her teacher that it hasn't been marked. I don't think it's appropriate to allow your DD to ignore her responsibilities, just because someone else is.

Eyesunderarock Sun 07-Jul-13 19:59:31

Then the school should decree July homework free, it's not as if the end of term is a surprise with the workload.

Eyesunderarock Sun 07-Jul-13 20:01:03

'My DS started to write quite outrageous things in his homework and always got a big tick.'

I love it when students get creative and riff on a theme. If I set English that is skills based and content free choice, they are amazingly inventive. smile

Katisha Sun 07-Jul-13 20:02:04

Children need to see their effort has been acknowledged. If you're not going to mark it them don't set it. And DSs are fed up to the back teeth always having to do posters, leaflets, adverts...

Shesaysso Sun 07-Jul-13 20:07:32

Wmittens absolutely agree with you and I do put a lot of effort in to help Ds with his education. However he's 5 years old and with a choice of doing homework that won't get looked at or playing outside in the sun I'm afraid the latter has won for me this week.

HooverFairy Sun 07-Jul-13 20:08:24

I can understand why you feel this way, but aren't you just teaching your child that they don't have to put the effort in if other people don't? I'd still insist that the homework was done, then I'd write a separate letter to the teacher expressing how I felt about the work not being marked. The homework will benefit your dd, and trying to get out of doing something isn't the best lesson. It is a busy time of year, perhaps your dd's teacher is struggling with the marking load a bit.

PasswordProtected Sun 07-Jul-13 20:12:55

If that is the attitude from parents and teachers, it is no wonder that the UK is going to go down the economic tubes fairly soon.

NotYoMomma Sun 07-Jul-13 20:13:37

stupid argument

its like when parents don't read withtheir children or even take an interest in helping them learn and then get all arsey when they are not as good as other kids.

I hated volunteering in the school and seeing the same kids again and again with no parental input in their diaries

chocolatespiders Sun 07-Jul-13 20:19:05

3 teachers in the family and I know they are always bogged down with marking. DD sometimes helps with the giving out of stickers.

Will do it on word and nip into work extra early to print it out so DD can take it in tomorrow.

I agree July should be homework free smile

FunkyNails Sun 07-Jul-13 20:23:40

Know what you mean formicadinosaur. We were told to stop correcting DSS spelling as if we do the teacher doesn't know what he is having difficulty with however it now comes back with a big tick and none of the words corrected as apparently it's only important he gets the assigned spelling words correct and not the other words in the sentences hmm

charitymum Sun 07-Jul-13 20:28:43

Homework is for a child's benefit but feedback is essential-indeed effective feedback is the single most useful thing a teacher can do for a child.

So yes it matters if teacher does not review work or provide some other manner of marking e.g. by peers.

Ask the school what their approach to homework/feedback is.

Don't know how old your child is but frankly most ages would benefit from time spent outside than at poorly set homework and lots of teachers would agree.

treesntrees Sun 07-Jul-13 20:30:36

I always thought homework was set so that the teacher could see that the child had understood the lesson.

BackforGood Sun 07-Jul-13 20:35:09

What's with all the "we" - are you a pupil at the school ?
If it is your dd's homework then it's up to her if she wants to do it at home (and miss the paddling pool) or do it at breaktime at school, surely.
As a parent, you remind them / ask them what they've got, but it's up to them to do it.

My dd's spelling tests are rarely marked and her weekly numeracy tests no longer exist. When I mentioned this to the teacher (& the head) I apparently don't need to worry cos she is "doing ok".
Yanbu, I no longer insist dd does hers.

Piddlepuddle Sun 07-Jul-13 20:42:29

At 5, though, Backforgood, there isn't a lot my DS can do without our input.

Actually, I did make that point when I spoke to our head recently (and with a similar remark to the OP's) - that the home learning required an awful lot of parental support (Internet research etc)

Itsaboatjack Sun 07-Jul-13 20:44:46

My dd (8) whilst very good at school is usually reluctant to do her homework. I mentioned it to her teacher who said to me not to force her to do it.

chocolatespiders Sun 07-Jul-13 21:17:47

We is because dd requires me to assist her/help her and encourage her to get her homework completed and handed in on time. So I do see it as a joint task!!

BackforGood Sun 07-Jul-13 23:20:55

That's what makes homework so pointless - it doesn't assess a child's understanding if a parent has done it. Homework tasks need to be tasks a child can do by themselves. It's hardly fair on the children who don't have parents doing their homework for them, to see things coming in that adults have clearly had a BIG hand in creating.
PiddlePuddle I would not support a 5 yr old doing homework that needed internet research as a regular task as it's not appropriate homework for a 5 yr old, as you rightly say. That needs to be discussed with the school though (as you are doing). My comments were based more generally on Primary aged children (up to 11) as the OP hasn't said how old her dd is.

OhDearNigel Sun 07-Jul-13 23:38:32

Isn't homework for the Childs benefit, regardless of whether it's marked or not.

But if it's not marked how can the child know whether they have got it right ?

ComposHat Sun 07-Jul-13 23:57:00

Fuck it... it seems tht f they aren't marking it, then it is homework for the sake of setting homework. If they can't be arsed to spend their time marking it, why should you or your children waste their time doing it.

brilliantwhite Sun 07-Jul-13 23:57:07

if they havent got time or cant be bothered to mark it , why should your child be bothered to do it , there is no point if it isnt getting marked .

This is one of my biggest bugbears about homework. I understand teachers are busy at this time of the year so why set it in thd first place if it's not even going to be looked at.

Actually I don't think dd2 has had her homework marked all year. Her reading diary certainly wasnt looked at and it took the teaching staff in her class 8 months to notice she had jumped 5 reading levels despite me writing constant polite notes in the diary. The teacher did apologise and said They had been concentrating on the more able students hmm

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