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ICEAP NS Homework Policy

ICEAP NS’s Homework Policy aims to help reinforce what has been learned in class, prepare students for upcoming lessons, teach responsibility, and develop positive study skills. It also aims to aid students in planning their work time more effectively.

Homework is generally defined as written or non-written tasks assigned by teachers that are completed by students outside of the classroom; its purpose is to:

  1. Practice newly taught skills;
  2. Reinforce previously mastered skills;
  3. Extend or apply concepts and skills taught;
  4. Develop independent learning and study habits;
  5. Increase student achievement. Finish incomplete classroom assignments;
  6. Prepare for upcoming instruction.

Homework will involve reading texts or short stories, worksheets, writing, answering questions, doing research, studying new words, and pre-learning activities.

Properly implemented, homework will:

  1. Relate to the curriculum;
  2. Have a specific purpose;
  3. Match the skills, interests, and/or needs of the learner;
  4. Be time appropriate;
  5. Include clear directions to students;
  6. Lead to increased levels of mastery of content standards and skills;
  7. Promote lifelong learning; develop good work habits, responsibility, initiative, organizational skills, and self-discipline.

Teacher Role & Responsibilities

  1. Clearly model and explain homework assignments or special projects in the classroom, including: purpose, due date, expectations, missing work, late work, penalties, and credit;
  2. Relate homework to classroom instruction and curriculum with a specific purpose;
  3. Ensure homework assignments are time-appropriate;
  4. Ensure homework varies and matches student abilities and needs and promotes learning;
  5. Ensure homework resources are easily obtained in order to complete assignments;
  6. Review homework in a timely manner and provide helpful feedback;
  7. Establish a system for recording and recognizing completed homework.

Student Role & Responsibilities

  1. Get the assignments and ask for further explanation when needed;
  2. Classroom assignments are the student’s responsibility. If a student is unable to complete an assignment in class, it automatically becomes homework that must be completed at home and returned to school the following day;
  3. Gather all necessary materials (e.g. books, handouts) to complete homework;
  4. Organize time to finish assignments;
  5. Check work carefully, making sure assignments are complete and demonstrates best work;
  6. Turn in assignments on time and be aware of the penalties for late and/or missing work;
  7. Be responsible for taking care of and returning borrowed materials;
  8. Be responsible to get missing assignments;
  9. Students will not be given time in class to complete late work;
  10. Homework is to be completed by the beginning of class on the day it is due;
  11. If a student misses a class, it is his/her responsibility to get the assignment(s);
  12. Homework that is to be passed in and collected must have the date, student’s name, and student ID.

Tips
KISS: Keep it short and simple. Make it relevant.
Acknowledge it: Understandably, it’ll be nearly impossible for you to correct it all – don’t even try. While there are many reasons for homework: to practice, to show you what the student knows, so the student knows what their weak areas are, etc.

Even though you won’t be “grading” every assignment, you will need to keep a record of who has their homework and who doesn’t.

Consequences for not doing homework

Each time homework is not done students will be deducted points from their overall course average.

Homework encompasses a range of activities but in general refers to subject work to be completed outside of class. This includes tasks such as students reviewing their notes after each class, study time for reviews, quizzes, tests etc.

To make sure that homework is appropriate, teachers should follow these guidelines in relation to the homework they assign:

  1. Homework should have a clear academic purpose. Homework should be used to enhance classroom learning. Avoid homework practices that are punitive, unreasonable, and/or futile.
  2. The student should easily understand the ultimate goal of the assignment – pre-learning, checking for understanding, practice, or processing. The important roles of homework are to practice skills and reinforce course content. Teachers should use a balanced approach between these priorities when planning assignments.
  3. Homework should focus on high quality tasks that are doable. If a student cannot complete a homework assignment independently, such an assignment can undermine student motivation. In terms of difficulty, all homework should be within the developmental/intellectual/skill capabilities of the students, for whom it is assigned.
  4. Teachers should remain cognizant of students’ needs for rest and recovery, tailoring their homework demands accordingly.
  5. Avoid concentrating assignments, projects, or other work at the end of a semester.
  6. Then at the end of the term, you can give points for each completed assignment.

Homework will be assigned daily. Teachers may not actually “grade” every homework assignment, but they will always check to see that it is complete.