Homework is defined as an assigned activity which is primarily accomplished outside of regular class time. Such work shall be appropriate to the grade level, subject matters, and instructional objective(s); in general, the amount of time spent on homework shall increase as the student progresses through the grades.
Purpose and benefits of homework can include:
- Extend or make more meaningful concepts introduced at school
- Engage students in purposeful practice relevant to their learning
- Develop effective student habits
- Develop independent learning skills
Responsibilities of Students:
- Listen carefully to all directions regarding homework; ask questions if the assignment is not clear.
- Fourth and fifth students will write down assignments in their daily planners.
- Set aside a regular time for studying.
- Work on homework independently, so that it demonstrates your best efforts.
- When necessary or when required by the teacher, ask for appropriate homework help.
- Produce quality work.
- Make sure assignments are done according to the given instructions, and completed on time.
- Read 20 minutes per night, in addition to the assigned homework.
- Complete homework assigned during an illness or absence in a timely manner if applicable.
- Realize that regular study as well as written work, is an integral part of homework.
Responsibilities of Teachers:
- Ensure homework is relevant and meaningful to reinforce classroom learning.
- Give clear instructions and ensure students understand the purpose and procedures.
- Insure that homework is checked, reviewed and timely feedback is given.
- Prepare written guidelines of the homework requirements including the relationship these guidelines have to the student learner and reporting grades.
- Present guidelines at Back to School Night and throughout the year if needed.
- Encourage daily reading.
- Monitor long-term assignments in order to avoid last minute student efforts.
- Allow students to make up work if absent due to a religious observance.
- Assign no homework over a weekend, official holiday or break. Assign no homework on Friday and expect it to be returned the following Monday. Note: projects may span into or over multiple weekends or break.• If a pattern of late or incomplete homework develops, involve parents and contact them in a timely manner.
- Monitor the effectiveness of homework as reflected in student performance.
Responsibilities of Parents:
- Contact the teacher to stay informed about the student’s learning progress and if the student consistently exceeds time guidelines
- Set a regular, uninterrupted study time each day in a quiet, well-lit study area.
- Help the child establish school work as a high priority above social and recreational demands.
- Monitor student’s organization and daily list of assignments.
- Encourage daily reading.
- Help students to focus on learning, not to just get the work done. Encourage independent work unless the assignment requires group or parental involvement.
- Be supportive when the child gets frustrated with difficult assignments.
- Monitor and/or check completed work.
Responsibilities of Principal:
- Implement district policy.
- Support professional dialog
- Promote teacher collaboration.
- Monitor homework quality.
- Facilitate interventions and support programs.
It is understood that the expectations below are averages and that actual minutes will vary based on the content of the instructional program during a particular week and the length of time individual students need to complete particular assignments.
The expectation for the average student by grade level is as follows:
K 10-15 minutes (+ 20 minutes reading)
1 15-20 minutes (+ 20 minutes reading)
2-3 30 minutes (+ 20 minutes reading)
4-5 30-50 minutes (+ 20 minutes reading)