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Definition: Homework is any activity performed at home, or other than during the regular instructional period, that is related to the pupil's schoolwork. It may be an informal (enrichment) type activity or a more formal (skill building) type activity assigned by the teacher or when appropriate, collaboratively planned by the pupil and teacher. Homework is an activity that is conducted independently of the teacher's direct supervision. For example, work completed during the regular instructional period would not be considered homework, but assignments completed during an "independent study period" would be considered homework.
Purposes and Goal
The purpose of homework is to extend, supplement and strengthen the pupil's experiences and learning. The ultimate aim in the accomplishment of homework shall be the student's acceptance of the responsibility for independent work outside of the formal classroom situation.
We believe that the responsibility for homework must be jointly shared by students, teachers and parents.
The following are guidelines for determining the nature, frequency and amount of homework for students:
1. Homework is practical and meaningful.
2. Homework helps the pupil develop habits of regular study.
3. Homework promotes communication between parent, child and teacher and may include cooperative pupil-parent type activities.
4. Homework is designed to improve skills in reading, writing, arithmetic or other areas of study.
5. Homework is sufficiently limited to allow for recreation and social life, especially on weekends.
6. Homework may be make-up work after absences, provided that after an illness the health of the student is given special consideration (the teacher should be especially careful to give adequate teaching of the work needing to be made up and an adequate length of time to complete missed assignments.)
7. Homework may include unfinished class work or it may be in the nature of extra help for those who are having difficulties.
8. Homework may involve discussions with family members, practicing observation and listening skills, collection of resource materials and information or data gathering.
9. Homework is based on instructional needs and, therefore, is not given as a form of punishment.
1. Listen carefully when instructions are given.
2. Ask the teacher for clarification if he/she does not understand the assignment.
3. Write the assignments in a notebook, folder, or calendar.
4. Check assignments and take home necessary materials to complete the assignment.
5. Use study area and time allocated for homework wisely. Begin homework without reminders.
6. Inform parents as early as possible whenever assignments call for activities involving members of the family or driving to another location.
7. Gather all completed assignments the night before to avoid "forgetting" of homework.
8. Turn assignments in on time.
Teacher Responsibilities 1. Assign homework according to student needs, abilities and interests.
2. Provide a variety of assignments.
3. Be sure students understand assignments and allow time to write them in notebook or assignment tablet.
4. Inform parents about special long-term assignments/projects.
5. Provide feedback to students.
6. Inform parents of special units to be covered and encourage parent participation if parents have particular experience or skills in these units.
7. Teachers doing cooperative/departmentalized type of teaching coordinate with fellow teachers to avoid "overloading" on some days and no homework on other days.
Parent Responsibilities 1. Set aside a quiet, private, and well-lit place to study.
2. Set aside a specified time for homework.
3. If necessary, transport your child to places required by the assignment.
4. Check the homework for accuracy, but do not do the work for him/her.
5. Explain or clarify the assignment as needed.
6. Encourage your child to complete his/her work. If your child is having difficulty with the assignment and is unable to complete it independent write a note explaining this to his/her teacher.
7. Praise good work. Find something positive to say about his/her completed work.
8. Listen to your child when he/she talks about homework or wants to share what has been learned.
9. Use homework time to talk to your child about what has been learned, if there is no homework.
10. Contact the teacher if you have any concerns regarding your child homework.
11. Provide materials and school supplies (pencils, ruler, scissors, assignment tablet, paper, etc.) to complete assignments.