Homework Policy Intermediate Multiage Dr. Gail Davis Why Homework? • Homework should be a continuance of what students have already covered in the classroom. • It is the Independent Practice part of a good, educational study wheel. As Madeline Hunter explains and I see it… • Learning is about the acquisition of new concepts and skills! Introduction of new skills Summative Assessment Guided Practice Re-teach, as needed Enrichment Move on or move back Formative Assessment Independent Practice • Homework becomes Independent Practice. • Students may have to keep on trying until the Formative Assessment indicates they are ready to move on! Therefore… • Students should plan on Reading twenty (20, XX, veinte) minutes daily. They may read silently or aloud to you or a sibling, • Students should read in a car, on a star, in a boat or on a goat…it really does not matter! • However, students should read on their Independent Reading Level. Independent Reading Level • How can you tell if a book is a student’s Independent Reading Level? • If your child can read a paragraph with almost no hesitation or having to stop and sound out too many words, • or can retell accurately the main ideas of what he or she just read, that is probably the Independent Reading Level. Same old books… • Children benefit from reading the same book as many times as they wish. • Remember reading Goodnight Moon (insert your child’s favorite book here) a gazillion times? • Now your child is doing the same thing, only for him or herself. Reading Speed… • It’s really fabulous! • Reading familiar text increases reading fluency, reading with expression, noticing forms and features of text (such as punctuation), feelings of confidence, autonomy and self control. • What’s not to like? Mathematics • Students should plan on memorizing addition, subtraction, multiplication and fraction facts to automaticity. • That means more Independent Practice. • Plan on doing about ten (10, X, diez) minutes of math. That is one word problem a night. Viva la difference! • Some students will have addition fact sheets and some will have algebra homework. • Independent Practice is individualized. Other Assignments • I like to involve the family in most homework assignments other than reading and math. • I ask the students for ideas, and I generate some myself. • I hope you all have fun with homework! Other Assignments • Additionally, your child may receive other homework assignments as needed or wanted. • There may be unfinished class work, research, or independent projects that require occasional homework time. • So, how much homework is reasonable? I thought you’d never ask… Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Read 20 minutes, plus ten minutes of math five times a week. Read 30 minutes plus ten or more minutes of math five times a week. 30 minutes, plus ten or more minutes of math five times a week. 20 + 10 X 5 nights a week 30 + 10 or more 30 + 10 or more X 5 nights a week X 5 nights a week Preparation for …(fill in the blank) • Parents sometimes worry that their children are doing less homework than children in (Other Teacher’s) class. • I would assure you that it all averages out! • Furthermore, we do not ask our elevenyear-olds to drive because some time in the future they will be required to drive. The same fits with homework. • Because a high school child might complete two hours of homework daily, does not mean that a 4-5-6th grader should. • I will prepare your children for their present grade, and I will expect that in the future, their teachers will do the same! That’s It! • Homework has some variables, but generally is consistent. • Closer to spring and MSP, things change (more on that in the spring). • Independent Practice means that your child should be able to complete the assignment independently. • If at any time you have concerns regarding homework, please feel free to contact me at: • [email protected] • I will do my best to get back to you within two working days. • 2 * 24 = 48 hours, Dr. D.