Homework

Homework
Students can expect homework every day, though not necessarily in every subject. It is expected that every student will make a reasonable attempt to complete all assigned homework.

Guidelines for Parents, Teachers and Students.

The primary goal for TCIS students is academic success. We want all students to be challenged and to be able to broaden their knowledge and skills while developing and maintaining a positive attitude toward learning. In order to support this, homework is assigned to reinforce concepts learned in class, to strengthen good work habits, to help develop time management skills, and to provide a means of exploring new ideas. During the transition through the school, from lower primary through graduation, students are expected take more responsibility for doing their homework. Homework will not be given for the sake of giving homework.

The following guidelines have been drawn up to clarify teacher- parent - student roles in assigning, supervising and completing homework.

  1. At the beginning of each year, teachers will inform parents of individual teacher expectations regarding homework and other assignments for the class.
  2. Time management is an issue that many TCIS students face. At times, students may appear to have little homework and at other times may appear over- burdened. If this is the case, parents can play a role in helping students establish a regular pace and space to complete the assigned homework.
  3. If difficulty with homework is being experienced by a student, he or she is encouraged to discuss this with the teacher. If these concerns continue to persist, then parents should contact the teacher.
  4. The TCIS assignment book is a means for students to keep track of assignments and all students are expected to use it. Parents are encouraged to examine the assignment book regularly and provide support when needed.
  5. General guideline for amounts of homework on average each night:
    • Grades PK-K       –             20 - 30 minutes
    • Grades 1-2          –             30 - 40 minutes
    • Grades 3-5          –             30 - 50 minutes
    • Grades 6-8          –             60 - 90 minutes
    • Grades 9-11        –             90 minutes minimum
      Many factors can affect how much homework is assigned and how quickly a student completes it. If a student appears to be spending an inordinate amount of time on a given area of homework or if a student does not appear to be challenged, parents are encouraged to contact the teacher of that subject and make their views known.
  6. In the event a student has missed a number of classes because of illness or other reasons beyond the student’s control, it would be best for the student to telephone a reliable friend and get the day’s homework. Often, a neighbor or classmate can arrange to bring home books or other necessary materials. Students will be given a reasonable amount of time to catch up with the work they have missed once they have returned to school. Upon returning to school, students should see each teacher to discuss the best means to catch up. For excused absences, students are given 1 day for each day missed to make up the work.
  7. It is expected that homework will be checked regularly for completion and/or graded by the teacher.
  8. Students are expected to do their own work with only an appropriate amount of assistance provided by parents as needed.