Policy #3.6.1-Homework Policy

HOMEWORK                                                                                               3.6.1


 

What is homework?

 

Homework refers to those assignments which are to be completed outside of class time. Homework is based on the premises that the school day is not long enough for a student to practice and/or use all of the skills, concepts, and understandings taught in class and that learning is not confined to the school, but takes place in the home and in the community as well. In addition, homework includes home study in which students study course materials on their own without a teacher's noted assignment.

 

What are the objectives of homework?

The objectives for homework are:

1. To develop independent work habits in the learner.

2. To give added practice for skills being developed in an area.

3. To use as a diagnostic tool for individual or class teaching.

4. To give the learner the opportunity to organize and plan time.

5. To give the learner opportunities to use resources in the community.

6. To enable the learner to get more out of his/her classroom time with the teacher.

7. To broaden learning through independent research and discovery.

 

Respective Responsibilities:

STUDENTS

1. Record the directions for homework in an assignment notebook.

2. Make sure the directions are clearly understood.

3. Maintain an appropriate study environment.

4. Accept responsibility for completing assignments and keeping material in order.

5. Complete written assignments individually unless instructed otherwise.

6. Budget time properly for long term assignments.

7. Recognize that homework is not limited to written assignments, but includes studying, reading, and/or researching.

8. Comply with each teacher's homework policy, particularly regarding penalties for late papers.

9. Self-correct homework to avoid repetition of errors in the future.

 

PARENTS

1. Provide suitable place for study.

2. Establish a consistent study time.

3. Check student assignments in notebook.

4. Oversee long-term assignments and assist student in learning to budget time accordingly.

5. Encourage student to accept responsibility for completing homework assignments.

6. Assist with - but do not do - the work.

7. Recognize that homework is not limited to written assignments, but includes studying, reading, and/or researching.

 

Guidelines for Homework Assignments at Grade Levels

            In addition to these daily assignments, students may also be assigned short and long term projects as determined by the teachers.

 

Kindergarten

            One 15 minute assignment per week and additional assignments are optional.

Grade One

            Approximately 15 minutes three times a week.

Grade Two

            Approximately 30 minutes four times a week.

Grade Three

            Approximately 45 minutes four times a week.

Grade Four

            Approximately 60 minutes four times a week.

Grade Five

            Approximately 60 minutes four times a week.

Grade Six

            Three to five assignments each night lasting approximately 90 minutes in total per             night.

Grades Seven and Eight

            Assignments in all subjects. Students should be studying and doing homework for             a minimum of 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

Grades Nine through Twelve

            Assignments in all subjects. Students should be studying and doing homework for             a minimum of 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

 

First Reading of Millis School Committee: April 24, 2001

Second Reading of Millis School Committee: May 1, 2001

Approved Date: May 1, 2001

 

 


 

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