• 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.