Thursday, 24 March 2016

Update on Homework

For the first 6-7 weeks of this term homework had been based around finishing tasks not completed during the day. We were purposely giving students too much work with the expectation they would finish it at home. However, we were finding that children were not taking this home and completing tasks at school. This approach was inconsistent in that it seemed that some kids had homework and others did not.

In reflection, we have decided that students will have set tasks for homework that works with their classroom learning. In addition, parents/caregivers will sign off tasks to show what has been done at home. We hope this will help prepare our students for college. This afternoon all children were given a homework sheet. Below is a description of how it will work and the expectations surrounding the sheet. We will also send a notice home next week (Week 9).

Homework Sheet (example) 

How it works:

Students must complete at least 3 tasks a week. These are mathletics, reading and a rich task chosen by the teachers. To create transparency, students are required to show their parents or caregivers what they are doing each night. They will tell/show them how long they have been reading or completing maths activities and then the adult will sign this off. To keep learning relevant, the "rich task" will be connected to what the students are learning in class. We encourage adult involvement in these tasks so students can create meaningful connections between home and school. 


 If all homework is completed students can always do the following; 
  • Reflect on their day in the classroom
  • Check teacher comments from your reflection document
  • Carry on with your must do and can do activities 

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