Focusing on learning through homework completion


August 29, 2016 // 0 Comments

We hear it all the time: Ready, Set, Go! Ready means there is a level of preparedness for what is to come. Parents ask, “Are you ready to go?” as they head to the car to run an errand or [...]

The Black Box

July 4, 2016 // 1 Comment

There is an imaginary black box that exists in the homework process between every teacher and student. It’s a box of mystery, hazy boundaries, inputs and outputs, and shared influence out of which [...]

From Persuasion to Partnership

June 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

Since the fall of 2008 I have sought to persuade freshmen to do their homework. As of today, I am looking to partner with them. The difference is dramatic and the results could disappoint. From the [...]

Freshmen @ School for 12 Hours

May 27, 2016 // 0 Comments

I’m always amazed at what freshmen can do when the environment is right. We took 24 freshmen who are failing or nearly failing classes and gave them the option to stick around school for an [...]

When is a Freshman Insubordinate?

May 24, 2016 // 1 Comment

Robert is a nice awkward kid who refused to do his research paper. Weeks went by and despite his proven ability to do the work, he refused to complete the paper. He and I met weekly for three weeks [...]

Homework: What would it take?

May 6, 2016 // 0 Comments

A neighbor catches your attention over the fence and has a “grand plan” for how you should spend some of your time. What would it take for you to join in? I asked this question last week [...]