Homework Philosophy and Guidelines
Parent Help at Homework Time Improves Student Learning
Your assistance during homework time is critical to student success. Homework serves many purposes included practicing skills introduced in class as well as studying concepts for upcoming assessments. It also gives parents a glimpse into what we are currently studying in class.
I give homework for one of the following reasons:
1. To provide practice for skills introduced in class. Skills need to be practiced before they can be mastered.
2. To prepare students for upcoming lessons. Sometimes students will be asked to read something so that they have background knowledge to make our in-class discussions more meaningful.
3. To give students a chance to work with a skill in a new and challenging way.
4. To develop and improve the study habits and homework routines that will help students find success in college and beyond.
Frequency of Homework Assignments
A student should plan to spend 30 minutes on homework each night. Students can expect to practice reading skills and math skills each night. Other homework is given as well, but to respect students' busy schedules, more than one night is given to complete all other homework. Additionally, if a student spends significantly more than 30 minutes on homework and/or is not able to complete the reading and math assignments in one night because of other obligations, please send a note to school which will be used to give an extension on the assignments. I respect the extra-curricular activities in which our students engage, and my goal is for homework to remain in balance with these other priorities.
How to Help
- Develop a homework routine and stick to it.
- Provide a quiet, homework area stocked with pencils, paper, and anything else the student may need.
- Look over the assignment notebook and come up with a plan of action for your student.
- Be available for encouragement and clarification.
- Look over assignments for completeness and neatness.
- Talk about what your student is learning.
When There is a Problem
Please contact me if you experience any of the following:
- Your student is regularly taking much longer than 30 minutes to finish the homework I have assigned.
- Homework is becoming a source of conflict between you and your student.
- You feel as though your student is struggling with the concepts or skills presented in the homework and may benefit from additional teaching time with me.
Jump-starting Conversations with Your Student
Linking school and home life is such an important factor for the successful education of our students. Please use one or more of the following conversation starters at home with your student each night. Hopefully the conversations will provide one more way for you to stay connected to our classroom and your student's education/interests!
1. What did you learn today?
2. What was your favorite part of the day today?
3. What homework do you have?
4. What is going on in the novel you are reading?
5. What did you learn in math today?
6. What are you looking forward to about the school day tomorrow?
7. What is something you wish you were studying right now?
8. Did you get any graded papers back today?
When looking at graded papers........
9. What do you think about Mr. Rollins' comments? What does he mean?
10. What would you do differently if you had the same assignment to complete over again?