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Homework is Important

Homework is an important part of each student’s academic program and is assigned for any of a number of reasons:

  • to complete work not completed in class

  • to check student’s understanding of items covered in class

  • to provide extra practice

  • to serve as preparation for future lessons

  • to reinforce material that was taught in class

  • to complete a long term project

In 1991 the School District published a Homework procedure.  According to the procedure, the recommended average homework time for elementary students is as follows:

  • grade 2 and 3 15 - 30 minutes per day for 4 days

  • grade 4 and 5 30 - 60 minutes per day for 4 days

The procedure states that times should be flexible for teachers and students.

Homework Policy

Students who complete homework on a regular basis develop sound work habits and routines. Those students who do not, affect their own progress as well as hinder the pace of the lesson and the progress of the other students.  They often require extra assistance from their  teacher to catch up. 

If a student has a valid reason for not completing homework, parents should write a note to explain the incomplete homework and the child will be excused.  If there is no note for incomplete homework the steps outlined in the Parent Handbook and Homework notice will be followed.  

If a student is experiencing difficulty with a homework assignment he/she may ask for help from his/her teacher.

Most students at Auguston complete their homework regularly.  For a few students who forget occasionally the reminders at level one should correct the problem.  For the very few students who consistently do not complete their homework, the more serious consequences may be necessary.

This homework policy has been established to support student achievement.  Any system is rendered less effective without parental support.  We request your help and support with homework and the homework policy.

Consider Making a Schedule

It can work like a charm in cutting down on tensions, worries, and daydreams. Far from making a robot of you, a time schedule frees you from making top-level decisions constantly thus allowing you to make the best use of your time.

Start by Making a Record of your Fixed Activities

Examples would include classes, meals, meetings, etc. Each week add information revolving around class assignments; note due dates and estimate study time required.

Remember these Principles of Time Use when deciding how to spend your time.

  • Many effective schedulers habitually plan their day at a regular time--5 to 10 minutes in the morning or before going to bed.

  • Allow larger blocks of time for learning new material, grasping concepts, drafting a theme, etc. Divide these larger blocks of time into definite subparts the length of your concentration span (20 minutes? 30? 10?)

  • As you begin work on each subpart, jot down the time you expect to finish; when you're through, reward yourself with a brief break: move around, talk to a friend, drink water, eat a snack...whatever is good for you.

  • Use short periods of time (15 to 45 minutes) to review. It's especially wise to spend a few minutes reviewing immediately BEFOREa class involving discussion or recitation. Immediately AFTER a lecture class spend a few minutes reviewing your notes.

  • Schedule harder study tasks when you are most alert and can concentrate best.

  • Do something daily -- don't let it all pile up!

  • Plan to really learn the first time; the rest of your study time should be spent reviewing through recitation, discussion, making up and answering possible test questions, etc.

  • Don't try to allocate ALL your time; know what needs to be done and how long it will take you. It's HOW you use your time that counts.