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Preamble

Homework is intended to assist students to achieve the learning expectations expressed in the curriculum documents and should strengthen the educational partnership between the home and school. The Trillium Lakelands District School Board requires that homework be assigned as part of the instructional program. The Board recognizes that the purpose, nature, scheduling and evaluation of assignments will vary according to grade and subject.

SYPS Three Essential Policy Features:

  1. A statement of tenets that outline our philosophy on homework;
  2. The purpose of homework; and
  3. The nature of homework as defined by Memorandum No. 152 in relation to Board Policy 397 on homework.

Statement of Tenets

We at Scott Young believe that school should provide the best possible program in the most enabling, rewarding and least restrictive environment for all the students. We believe that we should strive to create an environment where student effort is recognized and valued. Student participation in all areas of independent learning shall be encouraged and rewarded.


1) Philosophy on Homework

To accomplish these outcomes, we strongly endorse the following:

  • That the term “homework” refers to that aspect of independent learning which occurs in addition to regular scheduled classes.
  • That student success is enhanced by parent involvement and commitment to the independent learning process.
  • That students use the agenda and hotline to organize the work to be done at home.
  • To review for tests and examinations.
  • That independent learning, self-discipline, and a strong personal work ethic are important to the success of each individual as a lifelong learner.
  • That those who demonstrate involvement in independent work not completed be referenced in the formative evaluation process.
  • That rewards for independent learning should eventually be intrinsic and self-fulfilling as students acquire skills and routines and achieve personal success.
  • That some time in class should be allotted to do assigned work for independent learning.
  • That all teachers should make themselves available to assist students with independent learning outside the regular class time.
  • That independent learning and routines are acquirable skills and should be taught.
  • That the independent learning responsibilities of a student, when communicated to the parent in a positive, constructive manner are received favourably, produce measurably results, and encourage a partnership between parents and school.
  • That independent learning skills for each student are at different stages of development and that our expectations must take into account:
Grade level
I.E.P.’s / modification / accommodation
I.P.R.C. Identification
Personal readiness
Environment conditions


2)
Purpose of Homework

(Independent Learning)

  • To teach children responsibility by completing assignments that require organization, planning and completion.
  • To review and reinforce new learning.
  • To involve parents in their child’s education.
  • To complete work that has been started at school.
  • To prepare for special programs like speeches and projects.
  • To remediate areas of weakness.
  • To review for tests and examinations.

3) Nature of Homework

(Independent Learning)

  • Reading
  • Incomplete school work
  • Skill building exercises
  • Projects, research and major assignments
  • Review for tests and presentations

Not Recommended for Homework:

  • Research when materials are not available at home
  • Introduction of new skills
  • Work that requires a partnering or group discussion
  • Work that requires ongoing instruction and monitoring
  • Incomplete school work not done because concepts are not understood, or beyond the capability of the child