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Homework Policy

 Teacher Responsibilities

Objectives

   Homework is the extension of learning experiences initiated in and continued beyond the classroom. Concepts taught in the classroom are reinforced through homework. Homework may involve written or study work students do on their own time. It may be a tool whereby parents can participate in the student’s learning experience. The practice of assigning homework is strongly encouraged and supported by the Board of Education.

   The specific objectives of homework may vary at grade levels but generally include these purposes:

  To extend the concept of learning beyond the classroom

  To nurture the development of good study habits

  To encourage the use of independent research skills

  To promote student independence, responsibility and self-discipline

  To develop a feeling of accomplishment and a positive self-image

  To reinforce and enrich learning

  To provide preparation for subsequent lessons

  To provide for immediate reinforcement of classroom instruction

  To provide opportunities for drill and practice

  To serve as a means of review of classroom work

  To provide the teacher with an ongoing assessment of student progress

 

Responsibilities for Achieving Objectives

Principal responsibilities:

  Oversees the implementation of the District’s homework policy

  Interprets that policy to students, teachers and parents

  Individualizes the policy according to the needs of the school

 

Teacher Responsibilities:

  Informs students and parents of the District’s policy as well as informing them of the teacher’s own guidelines

  Provides meaningful tasks that enrich and supplement work introduced during class time

  Strives to individualize assignments where necessary

  Guides students in completing assignments within time limits

  Evaluates and provides feedback on assigned homework

  Initiates communication with parents when appropriate

  Realizes that extenuating circumstances occasionally arise preventing the completion of homework

 

Parent Responsibilities:

  Establishes with the student a specific agreement concerning an appropriate time and place to complete homework

  Helps the student work within the mutually established routine

  Provides an appropriate physical and psychological climate in which to complete homework

  Monitors, but does not do the child’s homework

  Initiates communication with the teacher when appropriate

  Notifies the school and requests home assignments in the event of prolonged illness

 

Student Responsibilities:

  Completes assigned work on time and to the best of the student’s ability

  Assumes responsibility for making up work when absent

  Communicates with the teacher when extenuating circumstances prevent the completion of assigned homework

  Selects school activities and schedules outside employment to allow for successful completion of homework

 

Counselor Responsibilities:

  Serves as liaison, as needed, among student, teacher and parent

  Helps the student and his/her parents to establish priorities and realistic goals

  Upon request, provides information to aid in monitoring a student’s homework

  Seeks an opportunity for selected students to participate in a study skills group

 

Guidelines for Homework Assignments

   The amount of homework to be assigned and the time anticipated to complete assignments will vary for the various grade levels. Time spent on homework should be commensurate with student abilities and needs in subject areas; in most instances a total of 1-1/2 hours per day and six hours per week should be considered as a maximum time element. Middle school team teaching philosophy allows for a more equitable distribution of homework to account for the vast individual differences in this age group.
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