Northeast School District celebrates a week free of homework - KOAM TV 7

Northeast School District celebrates a week free of homework


Students at a four-state high school head back to reality, after a dream of no homework for one week came true. The school decided while athletes celebrated a week off between sport seasons, the whole school should be involved.

How many attempts does it take to make kids do their homework? Well, for a whole week students in the Northeast School District didn't have that problem.

Superintendent Greg Gorman came up with the idea and says "it just came to me we ought to give the kids and the teachers a break from homework. So we just decided to do a homework buffer week and there was no homework assigned."

The Kansas State High School Activities Association's requires student athletes participating in fall sports to take a weeks rest before beginning winter sports, and students say with the homework free week, it was much needed.

"Some of the classes are really hard, and you have to be there for them and you miss classes going to games and stuff, and that makes it difficult to be a student athlete." says senior volleyball player, Morgan Maransani.

Students in the school district say they have anywhere from an hour to 2 hours worth of homework each night and they say this approach to learning is a lot easier to learn the basics.

For math student teacher, Julie Oswald, she immediately saw a positive reaction from her students, and says taking a little extra time to go over a problem is well worth the slight change to the curriculum.

"They were able to sit there and work thru the problems, and they could just raise their hands and get feedback immediately versus if they don't know how to do the problem on the first try and they're at home and there's no way to contact me, then they have to wait til the next day." Oswald says.

High School Principal Jason Clemensen also agrees with the idea. "

"This way, this at least helps us to where we can get this done in class, we can ensure that our students are understanding the information, and if they're not then we can come back the next day and re-teach the information." he says.

The school is back into it's usual practices - but say with the success of the prior week, they hope to give students another break in the future.

Susan Lofts is a history teacher at the school, and in her web extra she describes her teaching style with her student.

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