SCASD Homework Policy:Purpose
These administrative regulations support a consistent approach across schools and build from grade to grade.
Expectations by Grade Level
The following guidelines represent district expectations for homework assigned by a teacher in both daily reading, as well as a maximum for homework assigned per day and/or week. This does not include optional exploration or learning activities in which families choose to engage (e.g. - online resources, additional reading, parent/student requests).
What Reading at Home Could Look Like
- Adult/Family member reading to child
- Adult/Family member reading with child - taking turns page by page
- Child reading alone or with adult/family member
- Reading can include reading books, magazines, recipes, lego directions, blog, etc.
Teacher and Family Practices
- Assign reading for joy nightly (no reading logs, sticky notes, etc.).
- Ask students what they read at home - have them share in class.
- Communicate classroom learning via a newsletter/Seesaw, etc. (homework is not the mechanism to inform families what their child is learning in school).
- Assignments should be authentic, purposeful, differentiated, and connect to what was learned in school.
- Teachers need to collaborate when assigning homework so as not to exceed the maximums and to create coherence across the school. (Students accelerated out of grade are assigned the homework for the grade level into which they are accelerated.)
- Students may not miss recess for not completing homework.
- Create opportunities with teachers and/or volunteers for students who don’t/can’t do homework.
- Envision math homework beyond the worksheet. Consider menus and choices.
- Communicate homework expectations during Back to School Nights during both the principal and teacher presentation.
- In order to foster perseverance, encourage students to make independent first attempts at learning.
- Create an environment that respects education and learning.
- Create a homework space for your child.
- Encourage your child to complete homework independently. If your child can not complete the homework, work to support your child and communicate with the teacher if the child can not do it.
- Respect the time suggested by the guidelines.
- Read classroom newsletters, Seesaw, emails, etc. that communicate classroom learning.
- Access online tools if families want additional work, such as Exact Path.
- Encourage students in grades 3-5 to develop time management skills by planning how to complete homework.
- For grades K-2, develop a home routine for fostering independence.
Please note: individual situations and/or cases may call for flexibility.In compliance with the District Guidelines above, you can expect the following homework while in Room 203:Room 203's All-Star Homework- Homework this year may be different from what you have experienced in the past. We try to use many Whole Brain Teaching strategies in our classroom, and we will be doing something called “ALL-STAR HOMEWORK” this year. Each week, your child will have homework items listed on a weekly bookmark. These items will consist of activities that will help your child master individualized 4th Grade word work, become a better reader, and improve math fluency. Each activity completed will earn your child 1 star. There will be a variety of activities listed. These activities do not need to be turned in to the teacher each day…they serve as practice. Each time an activity is completed, your child should draw a star by it on the bookmark. On Thursday night, your child should add up his/her stars for the week and write the total. He/She should then get you to sign it to confirm the amount. This bookmark will be turned in on Friday. We will total all of our stars together and our ALL-STAR TEAM (our class) will earn a reward based on the number of stars earned.Math- Homework will only be given as needed (Example: If a student has work to make-up and/or was not able to finish an assignment during class). Additional practice pages will be sent home for families to use to help reinforce and further develop concepts being taught at school. As these pages are completed, they can be counted as a star for that evening and turned into the teacher the following day.Reading and Language Arts- Your child should be spending a fair amount of time reading every night. Depending on the amount of other work they may have, the amount of time spent enjoying a book, magazine, comic, etc. will vary.Ongoing Projects- Your child will have various projects in Writing, Social Studies, and Science depending on the unit of study and time of year. More specific information pertaining to these projects will be communicated when the project is assigned.