Homework is an important part of the education process. In addition to reinforcing specific subjects in the classroom curriculum, homework can and should:
- Develop responsibility and good study habits
- Encourage growth of the individual student to his/her full potential
- Exercise communication skills
- Logically connect or challenge facts and ideas
- Provide each student with an opportunity to develop independent judgment
- Empower students to think critically and problem solve
- Encourage pride in work
- Lay the foundation for students to take responsibility for their own learning
- Provide for the application of learning to real-life situations
Time set aside for homework serves several purposes. It provides opportunities for practice where students reinforce newly acquired skills or apply recent learning. Homework may also consist of assignments that help students prepare for class participation and activities. Extension homework using projects, problem solving, or individual research takes the student beyond work in class. Equally important is the fact that homework is an exercise in developing self-discipline, self-reliance, and effective time management skills. These skills are essential to being successful in school.
Parent support and supervision of homework are extremely important factors in building positive attitudes and successful study habits. Parents are encouraged to take an active part in the education of their child by being informed about homework requirements.
For students to receive full credit, homework assignments must be turned in on the date they are due. For each day the homework is late, the grade may be affected. Each classroom teacher will establish homework guidelines that include credit for completed assignments and consequences for incomplete assignments.