About Homework Lady

Homework Lady was created to provide information to teachers, school administrators, parents, and the general public about the topic of homework. This site will provide the user with research about homework, general purposes of homework, guidelines for reasonable homework limits, ideas for best homework practices, and help for parents in working with their children and their children’s teachers.

Homework Lady was also created to encourage the user to reexamine firmly ingrained beliefs about the inherent “goodness” of homework, the almost religious fervor with which many embrace the goodness of homework, and the idea that excessive homework is the sign of a rigorous education.

Hopefully, this site will stimulate discussion about the value of homework, it’s connection to school achievement, and the roles of parents, and schools in the homework process. The author’s writings are meant to sensitize the reader to critical educational, cultural, and social issues related to homework.

And finally, Homework Lady is a resource for teachers, administrators, and parents who have recently attended presentations by Dr. Cathy Vatterott. Homeworklady contains handouts from recent national or international presentations.

It’s creator is Dr. Cathy Vatterott, an education professor at University of Missouri-St. Louis who has been researching, writing, and speaking about homework for the last 15 years.

Discussions about the grading in homework in her presentations in the U.S. and Canada revealed a major disconnect between how grades are typically used in K-12 classrooms and our goal of helping students meet academic standards. These discussions inspired her latest research about K-12 standards based grading and her latest book, Rethinking Grading: Meaningful Assessment for Standards-Based Learning. That book is now available from ASCD and through most retail bookstores. (Click on the book cover to the right for more information and to purchase).