My district expects students to get 10 minutes of homework a night, Monday through Thursday, per grade (so first graders get 10, 6th graders 60, etc). It's not a requirement, but it's a general expectation, and parents get grumpy if they don't see it. I didn't have a... huge... problem with it for third graders. Twenty minutes of independent reading and a small handful of math problems took care of it. But now that I'm teaching 5th grade... I've seen enough research to make me believe that homework has minimal value (if any) for elementary kids at all, and 50 minutes of homework a night... ugh. They aren't going to want to do it, and I sure as [redacted] don't want to grade or check it. I'd really prefer to just stick to what I've done with third grade. I'm just afraid of getting called to the carpet for not giving enough homework. Any suggestions on how to balance things?