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Wildwood Homework Plan

Homework is an extension of instruction in the classroom. It provides practice and further development of the concepts. Homework may be differentiated based upon a student's individual needs. Teachers will always provide guided practice in the classroom prior to these assignments being given.
 
When is there homework?
Homework is typically assigned Monday through Thursday evenings, though sometimes there may be homework over the weekend. Instances may occur when the time required to complete homework may exceed the typical time limit. These instances include research reports, science projects, etc…
How much homework is expected?
Kindergarten & First Grade = average of 30 minutes or less per night
Second & Third Grades = average of 30-60 minutes per night
Fourth, Fifth, & Sixth Grades = average of 60-90 minutes per night
 
How much parent involvement is expected?
Parents and guardians should provide a quiet place for their child to do homework that allows him or her to concentrate and focus. Students should have some supervision during homework time to ensure they are working and in the event they should have questions or need assistance. Resources for completing homework include a dictionary, atlas, pencil, and paper. Other resources include crayons, colored pencils, markers, scissors, and glue. A computer is also a helpful tool.
 
What are the expectations for students?
Students are expected to complete daily homework assignments the day it is assigned. Long-term projects may be assigned over the course of several days or weeks. If students are experiencing difficulty, the students should complete as much of the homework as possible. Parents/guardians are asked to add a note indicating there was difficulty with the work.

How does homework relate to student grades?

Homework is a contributing factor in a student's grade. This factor varies from teacher to teacher. Tests tend to carry more weight when calculating a final mark on the report card.

What's the best way for parents to help?

Parents and guardians should communicate regularly with the teacher. In addition, parents and guardians should listen to their child read nightly, practice math facts to build speed and accuracy, and maintain and monitor any daily or weekly assignment sheets.  Some teachers list assignments online using ABI.  Check with your child's teacher to see if this is an option for monitoring student progress.
 
What homework strategies will be taught to students?
Students will be assigned homework on a day-by-day or weekly basis. Teachers will establish how they pass out and collect the homework, and they will communicate these procedures to students and parents. Assignments will be collected, and feedback will be provided in a timely manner.
 
What resources are avalable to students?
All students will have access to school resources including the library and the computer lab during the week according to the class’ schedule as well as additional time if available. Class time will be given to answer questions about homework and for the student to practice with the guidance of the teacher.  Each teacher is available to assist students with questions during the day throughout the school year. Parents and guardians may contact the teacher to determine when the teacher might offer additional support, either before or after school, or during a break. Other programs that support students include Differentiated Instructional Time (DIT), various school interventions and enrichment opportunities, and Student Intervention Team (SIT) participation.

How are assignments coordinated among different subjects?

Every effort will be made to coordinate long-term assignments and other special activities with the student’s regular homework. Special activities that students may choose to participate in include the site “Science Celebration,” the district Science Fair, the PTA “Reflections” program, contests for various service groups, art activities, Talent Show, and more. Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact the teacher if their child is spending an excessive amount of time doing homework.
 
How will homework emphasize higher order thinking skills?
The classroom teacher will teach independent research skills when research is required for class work or for homework. These skills vary from class to class depending on the assignment and grade level standards. Teachers typically require students to read independently (with parent support if necessary) for ten to thirty minutes per night Monday through Thursday. Teachers use district adopted textbooks and supplemental materials to instruct grade level content standards to all students. Problem solving skills are taught and practiced at all grade levels.
 
What type of feedback is the teacher expected to give?
All teachers will make every effort to provide students feedback in a timely manner. Results will be used to identify concepts and standards that need re-teaching and/or extension. Teachers regularly meet to plan instruction that is designed to meet the needs of each student in their classes.
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