Another example of a homework assignment that engages students can be done with middle or high schoolers.Teachers can ask middle or high schoolers to read newspaper, magazine, or internet articles to find new vocabulary words, uses of parts of speech, or examples of description and political persuasion.Assign homework that actively engages students with their families to enhance bonding, maximize positive time spent together, and demonstrate to family members that learning can occur in everyday life outside the classroom walls.Claire holds bachelor’s degrees in English and Public Policy from Duke University and a master’s degree in Social Policy (with a concentration on Education Policy) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.For a kindergarten child, a homework assignment may be welcomed as a sign of growing up.Praise or rewards simply for homework completion have little effect on student achievement, but feedback that helps them improve or reinforces strong performance does. About the Author: Claire Rivero is the Digital Strategy Manager for Student Achievement Partners.Consider keeping this mini-table handy as you design homework: The act of assigning homework doesn’t automatically raise student achievement, so be a critical consumer of the homework products that come as part of your curriculum. ) work or reflect some of these common pitfalls, take action to make assignments that better serve your students. Claire leads the organization’s communications and digital promotion work across various channels including email, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, always seeking new ways to reach educators. Prior to joining Student Achievement Partners, Claire worked in the Communications department for the American Red Cross and as a literacy instructor in a London pilot program.As educators, we must first ask, what is the purpose of homework?Teachers should rethink the reasons for assigning homework.Students from low-income families may face additional challenges when it comes to completing homework such as lack of access to the internet, lack of access to outside tutors or assistance, and additional jobs or family responsibilities.While you can’t erase these challenges for your students, you can design homework that takes those issues into account by creating homework that can be done offline, independently, and in a reasonable timeframe.