Per the School Council’s recommendation, homework is meant to build on ideas and skills taught in the classroom.
Math homework is meant to reinforce content, encourage critical thinking and/or learn how to better explain their thinking.
Reading and writing homework is focused on building general reading stamina, teaching note-taking, summarizing, analyzing/synthesizing information and writing in response to reading across different academic subjects.
All homework is meant to be appropriately challenging, but not “hard.” While it is our goal that your child leave school each day with a firm understanding of their homework, there may be times when a particular assignment remains difficult or confusing. If you notice this, please write me a quick note or email so that I may offer extra help at school.
There will be approximately 15-30 minutes of homework most evenings, Monday through Thursday (not including reading). Reading homework will take between 30 and 40 minutes and is combination of reading and responding to reading.
Homework will never be “officially” assigned over a weekend or break. However, your child may be encouraged to read independently or work on long-term class projects during the weekend.
Your child has a “Homework Portfolio” that they will use to pack up for the day. Any notes/forms/information from me/school to you or from you to me/school, should travel via the Portfolio. The students will put any other folders, reading, writing, math, etc. in the portfolio ever afternoon if they have homework in that subject that they need resources to complete. My hope is that this helps prepare them for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade where they will be responsible for bringing home materials from different subjects nightly.
Everyone also received a planner/agenda on the first day of school. They will learn how to copy their homework assignments accurately into these planners and refer to them to stay on top of their responsibilities. I will check planners at the end of the day for completion and if a student needs more support in taking responsibility for writing and/or completing their work I will be in touch with you so we can work out a system that will best support their learning.
In our class, we have an “Oops” policy. Essentially, a child gets three “strikes” in terms of homework (incomplete, missing, unacceptably sloppy). The first two strikes are freebies and the homework is expected the following morning; on the third instance, a student must complete the homework during break/free time which is typically our afternoon recess time.
*Note: I recognize that life can get in the way and there will be times when your child is simply unable to complete their assignment on a particular evening (family emergencies, unexpected interruptions, grandparents 50th anniversary, etc.). In these cases, please send me a quick email or note so that they are not penalized.
If your child has worked thoughtfully and carefully for more than 30 minutes, and/or is feeling overwhelmed, you don’t need to push them to finish. Send me a brief note or email explaining the situation so that I can make necessary adjustments.
Rubric and Formatting:
All homework must have a name and the date at the top of the page. The name needs to be highlighted before the paper is turned in (this will happen at school in the morning to prevent “no name” papers form being passed in). The Homework should also always be neat, complete, show effort, and be edited (for careless mistakes and errors). Homework will be scored as a 1, 2, 3, or 4 to familiarize students with the scoring system we will use on the Standards Based Report Card. A 1 means No or Not Yet - the homework is not complete or is entirely incorrect. A 2 means Yes but - the homework is mostly correct but has several errors for fixing. A 3 means Yes - this homework has 1 or two errors at most. Lastly, a 4 means Yes and- this homework shows evidence that the student went above and beyond doing extra problems or solving something in multiple ways. Students are always given a chance to review their past homeworks in school to ask questions and make corrections. Every 1 or 2 (Labeled as T for Try Again) can be turned into a 3 or 4 (Labeled C for Correct). This form of mastery learning helps students realize it is okay to make mistakes and that sometimes we all need extra help.
I aim to be as available as possible to my students and families. If a student gets “stuck” on a homework assignment feel free to have them reach out to me via email, Class Dojo, or Google Classroom and I will do my best to provide guidance from afar.