Koonlaba: What do you think about summer vacation homework?

11164757_10206497932583916_3464456028614437679_nI just read a post on Scholastic Teachers about rethinking summer homework. The author insists that summer homework be meaningful and interesting. Students should buy-in on having to complete this homework over their summer break. The author of the post describes some activities that qualify.

This post made me start thinking about what other educators think about summer vacation homework. Is it a worthwhile endeavor? Does it really prevent the “summer backslide?” Should it be just about reading? Should it be engaging and lend to buy in? Does summer homework serve to help students remain connected to their schools or introduce themselves to their new teachers? Tell me, what do you think about summer vacation homework?

Amanda Koonlaba is an elementary art teacher in Tupelo, MS. She is a contributor to MSEdBlog. Her views are her own and do not represent the views of any other entity.

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