Homework

Homework is a continuation of a learning process developed in the classroom and carried on by the student independently. Taking into account the student’s age, grade level, and level of achievement, the average time for daily homework assignments will vary.

Purposes:

  • To promote good study habits.
  • To develop a sense of responsibility and independence.
  • To help the child master a skill.
  • To enhance and stimulate the child’s creativity.
  • To encourage the child to learn new things.
  • To reinforce and practice the concepts taught in the classroom.
  • To inform parents of what their children are learning in the classroom.

Role of Student: 
Each student has the responsibility of good work and study habits. The student should:

  1. Understand and write down the assignment.
  2. Ask questions about an assignment if not clearly understood.
  3. Take necessary text and material home.
  4. Do assignments carefully, neatly, and thoroughly.
  5. Submit assignments on time.
  6. Make up homework missed due to an absence from class within a reasonable amount of time.
  7. Assume responsibility for completion of individual assignments.
  8. Utilize study helps and available resource materials.
  9. Use study time efficiently. Long-term assignments require special attention in this regard.

Role of Parent: 
Cooperation by parents is a necessary factor in meaningful homework experiences.

  1. Help child develop a positive attitude toward homework.
  2. Provide an environment in which assignments can be completed with few distractions.
  3. Encourage the child to study at a regular time, and help develop proper study and work habits.
  4. Show an interest in the nature of the homework assignment and communicate to that child that assignments are expected to be completed without constant dependence upon others for help.
  5. Give only the kind of assistance which enables the child to learn how to do assignments. Do not do the assignment for the child.
  6. Teach the child to balance his/her outside activities to allow time for completion of homework assignments.
  7. Monitor and insure that homework is being brought home, completed, and returned to school.
  8. Encourage daily independent reading.
  9. Communicate with the teacher when homework problems arise.
  10. Make arrangements to get homework missed due to absence.

Role of Teacher:  
In order to reinforce school learning, provide practice and expand application of knowledge and skills the teacher should:  

  1. Make the directions and the purpose of the assignment clear.
  2. Be aware of the student’s activities, special events and other demands on the student’s time when giving homework assignments.
  3. Evaluate/review all homework assigned (written and otherwise) in a timely and appropriate way.
  4. Communicate to the parent, by way of the student, the type of homework to be given, the method of evaluation, and its impact on grades.
  5. Provide helpful suggestions to parents for aiding students with homework.
  6. Use homework as a learning tool, not as a disciplinary measure.
  7. Communicate with parents when homework problems arise.
  8. Provide homework assignments for students before, during and/or following student absences.

Principal: 
The administrator, as the overseer of the educational program in the school should:

  1. Communicate the school policy and purpose of homework to teachers, parents and students.
  2. Monitor the homework procedures within the building.
  3. Develop open communication on homework with parents and among schools.
  4. Periodically evaluate the consistent implementation of these guidelines.