1. All homework should be completed in pencil.
2. All homework must be labeled with student name and the date.
3. Student work should demonstrate the students’ most legible writing so that their work, ideas, and answers are clearly understood.
4. Students should check their work for mistakes.
5. When writing, students should use their own words. I emphasize to underline the word and move on if they get stuck spelling a word. On independent practice, I am most concerned with checking that students understand concepts and how to use strategies – not that they have perfect spelling.
6. Students should always do their best work!
Creating the Homework Habit:
Parents can help children develop good working habits. Please show your child that homework is an important priority and that you value its worth by offering the following kinds of support.
- Work with your child to determine a schedule for completing assignments. For some students, homework habits are more easily formed if children work the same time each day.
- Help your child choose an appropriate study location. It should be a quiet and comfortable space with minimal distractions.
- Be a resource for your child, but let them grapple with their own work. If they get “stuck,” ask your child to read the directions, question, or task aloud to you. Sometimes talking it out aloud is enough support.
- If your child is really struggling with a task and have reached their frustration level or tears, please have them skip the question and move on. If this occurs, please write me a note and attach it to the homework. Explain that they tried their best, but were not able to complete the task independently. This gives me more valuable information about who/what I need to reteach than having an adult or sibling guide them through the task without them fully understanding. Under these circumstances, with a note, students will not be penalized in any way for skipping a problem or not completing an assignment.