The purpose of homework is to support classroom learning through practice, pre-learning, processing, or checking for understanding.
Assignments are developed for specific purposes:
- to aid in diagnosis of student’s needs, interests, abilities
- to provide drill or exercise as needed by student
- to enrich or extend knowledge
- to encourage inquiry and recognize talents or interests
- clearly explain the homework assignment to students
- post the homework assignment
- check homework consistently
- assign work that is appropriate to the age, level and needs/interests of the student
- Teachers may differentiate assignments for students- particularly those with special needs and consider their accommodations
It is recommended that the time allotment for homework (in totality- for all subjects, including reading log) is as follows:
- Kindergarten: on an individual basis
- Grades 1 – 2: 15-30 minutes per night
- Grades 3 – 4: 30-45 minutes per night
- Grade 5: 45-90 minutes per night
Most homework assignments will be given Monday-Thursday. On occasion, assignments may be given on a Friday. Extended research projects may also be assigned over a period of weeks, in the upper grades.
- Establish a consistent, regular time for homework. A good routine is an hour of play after school followed by homework time before dinner.
- Establish a comfortable homework area. It may be at a desk or at a table. Make certain it is well lit and quiet.
- Have homework supplies handy. Keep paper, pencils, pens, and eraser near your homework spot to save time and avoid interruptions.
- Concentrate on the task at hand, and see individual assignments through before taking a break.
- Keep a calendar of long-range assignments.
- Check student homework assignment pad daily.