We hope you are enjoying our theme of the month - Executive Functioning! This week we want to turn our focus to time blocking. This is a concept that a lot of us are already familiar with (you have your literacy block, math, lunch, etc.) but did you know that you can change a child's educational outlook with time-blocking too?
One of the most common things we hear when families are looking for Learning Evaluations for their children is that "homework takes forever." This is a tell-tale sign that the child might be struggling somewhere academically. This could be attention, dyslexia, or a number of other learning disabilities. While it probably doesn't actually take "forever" to complete the assignment, there is a point where your child may be spending too much time on homework.
Tip for Helping Your Students Time Block Their Homework
The rule we always tell our families is that homework should take 10 minutes per grade level. If you have a second grader, they should be spending 20 minutes on homework. If you have an 8th grader, it should be 80 minutes.
As a teacher, you rarely see the students completing their homework. However, if you can provide families with this information, it can help them understand if their child is struggling much earlier on. If you are teaching third grade (where kids should spend about 30 minutes on homework every night) but you have a family who says that it is taking them 90 minutes to get through it, please pass this information along.
By giving your students' families this homework time blocking information, they will be more aware of how long their child should be spending on assignments each night. While spending too much time on homework itself is not enough to diagnose a learning disability, the parents need to know that it is a valid concern. There could be an academic struggle that is impacting how long it takes the student to complete their homework.
Want to know more about how you can help your students? Check back every Tuesday for a new blog, and check here this Friday for a FREE executive functioning resource! You can also jump onto our Facebook Page where you can post a question and get feedback from our team and other educators.