Homework Policy for Mrs. McCulligan
Why I assign homework: I believe homework is important because it enables students to practice skills that are instructed at school which aids in the retention of instructed material that is vital to future learning and success in school and beyond. In addition, homework prepares students for upcoming lessons, teaches responsibility, and helps students develop positive studying habits.
When homework is assigned: Homework will be assigned Monday through Thursday. The time it takes for students to complete homework varies from one student to another because each student works at a different pace. Students will know about tests a week in advance.
Student’s responsibility: I expect students to do their best on their homework. I expect homework to be neat. I expect students to do the work on their own and only ask for help after they have given it their best effort. I expect that all assignments will be turned in on time. All assignments will be written down in the assignment book and taken home so parents may check the assignment book. Assignments are also posted on my site.
Parents’ responsibility: Parents are the key to making homework a positive experience for their children. Therefore, I ask that parents make homework a top priority, providing necessary supplies, a quiet homework environment, set a daily homework time, provide praise and support, not let children avoid homework, and contact me if they notice a problem. Also, it is advised parents check their child’s progress on SunGard on a regular basis. Weekly is best.
Teacher’s responsibility: I will check all homework and document if it is completed and turned in on time in order to track students practicing skills and work habits. I strongly believe in the value positive support plays in motivating children to develop good work and study habits. I will give students praise and other incentives when they do their homework. I will send home Friday Folders and post marks on SunGard to assist parents in keeping up with their child’s progress.
If assignments are not completed: If students choose not to do their homework, they choose to lose certain privileges, such as recess. If there is a legitimate reason why a student is not able to finish homework, please send a note to me on the day the homework is due stating the reason it was not completed. The note must be signed by a parent.
Absences: When a student is absent, they have an equal number of make-up work days to absence days to turn in completed assignments. For example: 2 days absent = 2 extra days to complete make-up work.
Always something to do: There are websites for children to work on brush up on skills.