restricted access Reflecting on the Homework Ritual: Assignments and Designs

A look at the popular press and books on homework reveals that this nightly ritual is a common complaint of many students and a source of tension among families. Teachers hold the key to changing homework processes and can help to reduce such tensions. This article highlights issues related to general homework practice—including time spent on homework, communication between the home and school, and the purposes of homework. In addition, the article includes a discussion of the benefits and design of a specific type of interactive homework called Teachers Involve Parents in Schoolwork (TIPS). By reflecting on homework practices and implementing a regular schedule of interactive homework, teachers have the potential to engage students and families in more positive homework experiences.