Homework is a constructive tool in the teaching/learning process when geared to the needs and abilities of students. Purposeful assignments not only enhance student achievement, but also develop self-discipline and associated good working habits. As an extension of the classroom, homework must be planned and organized, must be viewed as purposeful to the students, and should be evaluated and returned to students in a timely manner.
Teachers may give homework to students to aid in the students' educational development. Homework should be an application or an adaptation of a classroom experience, and should not be assigned for disciplinary purposes.
In our math classroom, the majority of our assignments that are entered into the gradebook are daily assignments that we complete during class. Students that utilize their in-class time effectively will not be asked to complete assignments outside of class or at home. Students that do not utilize their in-class time effectively will be asked to complete assignments outside of class time and/or at home. A majority of our daily assignments are graded on completion and not scored for accuracy alone. Students may utilize multiple sources of assistance while working on daily assignments including: peer assistance, teacher assistance, checking answers in the teacher workbook, checking answers in the back of the student textbook, etc.
Quizzes and tests are graded for accuracy and are always completed during regular class time. Students may utilize teacher assistance, but may not work with a peer. Quizzes and tests can be corrected by students and they will receive full credit for doing so. No student will ever be required to correct a quiz or test, but the opportunity is available for anyone to utilize. Students may ask for teacher assistance when completing corrections on quizzes or tests. Students must be able to explain and/or provide proof of a corrected question to receive credit.