Homework is an important component of education in the schools and is defined as “lessons to be studied or schoolwork to be done outside of the classroom.” It provides a means of extending the available classroom time and can assist in strengthening student self-discipline. It can also serve as an important tie between the parent and the school by providing a means through which parents can become more involved in the education of their sons and daughters.
In establishing this policy, the Corporation takes the following positions:
A. Homework assignments should be meaningful, creative, challenging, and require a reasonable amount of the student’s time.
B. Homework assignments should be completed as assigned and returned on time.
C. Homework assignments should focus on the topic or unit of study presently being discussed and should be evaluated by the instructor.
Students, teachers, parents, and administrators all have responsibilities in regard to homework. Teachers, parents, and administrators should become partners in the educational process and serve to support each child in his/her learning. However, the primary responsibility must remain with the student. S/He alone can complete an assignment and learn from the experience. The student has the greatest role in making homework a successful part of his/her learning and derives the greatest benefit from the additional study.
ROLE OF THE STUDENT
A. It is the responsibility of the student to complete assignments, as assigned, and turn them in on time. If the assignment is unclear the student should ask for clarification from the teacher. All students should make sure that they have clear understanding of the homework material before leaving school for the day. Students must also understand when an assignment is due and what needs to be completed.
B. It is the responsibility of the student to develop good study habits. Students should work in a comfortable study area and not procrastinate.
C. It is the responsibility of the student to be organized. S/He should have a plan for remembering assignments. S/He must remember to take home the books and materials needed to complete the given homework.
D. It is the responsibility of the student to prioritize his/her activities so that homework is important. S/He should have a specific time when homework is done and must understand the importance of homework in the learning process.
E. It is the responsibility of the student to effectively use the study time available during the school day.
ROLE OF THE TEACHER
A. It is the responsibility of the teacher to communicate to students and parents what is expected.
B. It is the responsibility of the teacher to evaluate homework assignments and provide appropriate feedback.
C. It is the responsibility of the teacher to provide homework assignments which are based on one (1) or more of the reasons given below. Homework must be more than “busy work” and should not be assigned as punishment.
Reasons for homework assignments:
A. to provide practice on material which will reinforce previous instruction
B. to utilize classroom time most effectively by requiring reading or research prior to a discussion
C. to extend or enrich classroom experiences
D. to allow for the completion of unfinished classroom assignments
E. to allow for individual independent research
ROLE OF THE PARENTS
A. It is the responsibility of the parent to show interest in the child’s homework and encourage the child to work hard toward improvement.
B. It is the responsibility of the parent to help the child understand the role education plays in preparing them for life and work.
C. It is the responsibility of the parent to provide an appropriate place for the child to do homework.
D. It is the responsibility of the parent to assist the child in scheduling enough time to complete homework.
E. It is the responsibility of the parent to pay attention to the amount of time required to complete homework. Attention should also be given to the number of questions and/or understanding of homework.
F. It is the responsibility of the parent to encourage the child to ask the teacher questions in order to clarify assignments.
G. It is the responsibility of the parent to contact the teacher if problems with homework consistently occur or if homework expectations need clarification. Other school personnel are also available for consultation.
ROLE OF THE ADMINISTRATORS
A. It is the responsibility of the building administrator as the instructional leader to communicate the philosophy and purpose of this policy to teachers, parents, students and community.
B. It is the responsibility of the building administrator to assist the staff in implementing this policy
C. It is the responsibility of the building administrator to encourage reasonable and effective use of homework as an educational activity.
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