Could Giving Parents Homework Help Students?

This article describes a pilot program to include families in student’s learning conducted by the nonprofit, PowerMyLearning, at South Bronx Preparatory. Once every one to two weeks teachers assign family playlists, homework that includes two project-based activities, one for the student and another in which the student teaches the concept to a family member. This EdSurge article by the CEO and co-founder of PowerMyLearning includes more information on the research behind the learning by teaching strategy.

PowerMyLearning worked with John Hopkins University to develop the playlists and drew from the research conducted by Joyce Epstein from the National Network of Partnership Schools to develop Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS). The TIPS website features tips, examples, and blank templates for developing interactive homework.

While the PowerMyLearning personalized learning platform, including family playlists, is available to schools for a fee, any teacher could use the ideas from these two resources to create joint home learning activities to empower both students and their families.

Source Organization: EdSurge

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