Homework is an important part of the school learning experience. Guidelines for homework are 20 minutes for elementary age children, 60 minutes for middle school and 90 minutes for high school. For students with dyslexia it is unusual to take 2 to 3 times that amount of time to get their homework completed each night. Any benefit a child might derive from the extra practice and review is negated by the frustration and exhaustion they feel when this happens. This is rarely done with homework while accommodations are often used in school to help students with dyslexia complete their homework. Teachers need to be aware that it is easy to overburden and overwhelm a child with dyslexia by expecting the same amount of homework to be completed in the same amount of time as the students without dyslexia. The following are suggestions to share with general education teachers when giving homework. Write the homework assignment on the board early in the day. Set aside a portion of the board that is free of other writing and use the same spot each day. This gives students plenty of time to copy the assignment into their notebook. Some teachers provide alternate ways for students to get homework assignments.

Homework strategies for students with dyslexia

 A bulk email is sent to all students, or their parents, listing the homework assignment. The classroom telephone message is changed each morning to reflect the homework assignments. Students can call the classroom to get the assignment. Form a homework chain. Each student writes the name of two other students in the front of their notebook who they can call to ask questions about the assignment. Give students plenty of time to amend their notebooks to reflect the change in case you must change a homework assignment because a lesson was not covered. Explain the reasons for the homework. There are a few different purposes for homework: practice, review, previewing upcoming lessons and to expand knowledge of a subject. The most common reason for homework is to practice what has been taught in class but sometimes a teacher asks the class to read a chapter in a book so it can be discussed the following day or a student is expected to study and review for an upcoming test. Student can more easily focus on the task when teachers explain not only what the homework assignment is but why it is being assigned. Use less homework more frequently. Rather than assigning a large amount of homework once per week, assign a few problems each night. Students will retain more information and be better prepared to continue the lesson each day. Allow students with dyslexia to use a computer. This helps to compensate for spelling mistakes and illegible handwriting. Some teachers allow students to complete an assignment on the computer and then email it directly to the teacher, eliminating lost or forgotten homework assignments. Let students know how homework will be graded. Will they receive a checkmark simply for completing the homework?