Homework is an essential part of the school program because:
- It develops positive habits which are essential for lifelong learning.
- It provides practice time to reinforce skills and material learned in class.
- It can provide an opportunity for the child to satisfy a desire to learn more about a topic.
- It teaches students to work independently.
- It provides a daily opportunity for parents to encourage their children to succeed in school.
- It provides a daily opportunity for parents to follow and support their child’s progress.
3.2.2 AMOUNT AND FREQUENCY OF HOMEWORK
Regular homework makes it much easier for parents to play their role in their child’s learning process. Homework may be assigned on every school night. Normally, there will be no written assignments or assignments on new material given on weekends.
Homework may be assigned for the next class or to be completed over a period of days or weeks e.g. reports or projects. Teachers may, on occasion, choose not to assign homework for a school night.
- CONSEQUENCES OF NOT DOING HOMEWORK
Teachers will be the first to deal with any homework not done. If it continues, the parents will be notified. If the problem persists, other measures may be implemented.
If there are special circumstances involved outside the student’s control, the teacher will make the necessary adjustments. This should not happen frequently or the child will not benefit from the rationale involved in assigning homework.
Parents should notify the teachers if there is special reason for their child’s incomplete homework assignments.
- ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITY OF EACH PERSON INVOLED
The Teacher’s Responsibility:
- To state the homework policy and make sure that students understand it.
- To assign homework based on Dante School's homework policy.
- To establish and ensure the students understand the expectations with regard to completing the assignments
- Teachers are to give adequate time for students to record assignments and ensure students put the necessary material in their schoolbags.
- To check on assignments done and give help when needed.
- To inform parents when a student is not doing or completing homework and collectively find a solution.
The Parent’s responsibility:
- To provide a suitable place for the child to do homework.
- To establish a schedule which sets a routine for the time when the child does the homework.
- To provide the necessary materials (e.g. pens, pencils, erasers) so that there is no time wasted.
- To encourage the child and help to start the process.
- To support but not teach during the process.
- To read and check to see that the assignment is complete and done according to class guidelines.
- To sign the “Student Agenda Book” on a daily basis only after all homework has been completed and verified.
- To give praise when the child has made a good effort.
- To contact the teacher through notes, phone calls, or by requesting a meeting when problems arise.
The Student’s responsibility:
- To bring home the assignment when it is on a weekly schedule or to copy the assignment when it is given daily.
- To take home all materials necessary to do the assignments.
- To follow the guidelines established in the classroom concerning neatness.
- To make an effort to do the assignment independently.
- To make corrections when the homework is corrected in class.