Algebra 1 Homework Policy Letter

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Homework Policy

Mrs. Kennedy

Why I assign homework:

I believe homework is important because it is a valuable aid in helping students to make the most of their school experience.  Homework reinforces previously taught skills and prepares students for upcoming lessons.  Overall, homework teaches responsibility and helps students to develop positive study habits.

When homework will be assigned:

Homework will be assigned Monday through Thursday. All assignments are copied daily in a homework assignment book. Assignments should take student about 30 minutes to complete. This is not including the assigned reading of 30 minutes or more daily. This also does not include, studying for tests, finishing special projects or completing class work that may need additional time. Spelling tests will be given every Friday.  Math tests will be given after the completion of every math unit.  A pre-test will always be sent home the day before a math test is administered.

Student’s homework responsibilities:

I expect students to do their best job when completing homework.  I expect homework assignments to be copied and completed neatly.  I expect students to do the work assigned on their own and only to ask for help after they have given their best effort.  I require that all assignments are turned in on time.

Teacher’s homework responsibilities:

My assistant will check all homework.  This does not mean that a grade will be assigned just that it will be reviewed for completion.  If a student’s homework reflects a lack of understanding of a concept or skill I am informed and try to meet with that student or students for a skill review that same day.  Homework is not used for assessment purposes.

Parent’s homework responsibilities:

Parents are the key to making homework a positive experience for their children.  I am asking that parents make homework a top priority, provide necessary supplies and a quiet work environment.  Also set a daily homework time and provide praise and support as appropriate. Parents are to sign or initial student’s homework assignment books each night upon completion of the assignment.  This reinforces that the value of homework is important to the parents as well.

If students do not complete homework:

If students choose not to complete and turn in their homework on time, they will loose a portion of their recess for the day for homework completion and in addition must give five Kennedy cards.  If homework is consistently forgotten or incomplete, parents will be notified.

If there is a legitimate reason why a student is not able to finish homework, please send a note on the day the assignment is due.  The note must be signed by a parent.

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An elementary school teacher in Texas has decided to do away with homework.

In a letter that has been shared thousands of times on social media, Brandy Young, a second-grade teacher at Godley Elementary School in Godley, Texas, wrote that after "much research over the summer," she would not assign her students any homework other than any work that was not completed in class that day.

"Research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performance," she wrote in the letter, handed out to parents during a meet-the-teacher night on Aug. 16. "Rather, I ask that you spend your evenings doing things that are proven to correlate with student success."

In her letter, Young suggested that parents eat dinner with their children, read together, play outside and get their kids to bed early.

Samantha Gallagher, whose 7-year-old daughter, Brooke, is in Young's class, posted a photo of the letter to her Facebook page. It has been shared more than 68,000 times.

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Gallagher said she and her husband "love" the policy because it will allow Brooke more free time to practice gymnastics, read and play outside, she told ABC News.

Without the looming prospect of nightly assignments, Brooke has started the school year with a "positive outlook," Gallagher said.

Gallagher said she and her husband feel "very fortunate" that Brooke has such an "amazing" and "innovative" teacher.

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