The purpose of homework is to
- Assist students in building academic confidence by allowing them to experience success, while also becoming aware of their limits.
- Facilitate the capacity for students to demonstrate a sophisticated level of metacognition-a student's ability to think about their own thinking.
- Reinforce critical concepts taught in the classroom through independent practice.
- Continue to build and enhance a partnership between home and school.
- Allow the teacher to have an increased level of awareness of student strengths and weaknesses, thereby guiding personalized instruction.
- Improve executive function skills –the ability to organize, plan and manage time.
- Provide opportunities for students to demonstrate application of knowledge and skills in a variety of settings.
In a way that
- Minimizes anxiety and frustration.
- Honors individual learning styles and needs.
- Recognizes and respects competing demands on students' time outside of school.
- Is meaningful and purposeful.
- Promotes exploration and discovery.
- Meets students at the zone of proximal development (Zone of Proximal Development –or ZPD- asserts that all learning is meaningful when level of challenge is not overwhelming to a child's level of competence).
- Recognizes attempts at completion and/or attempts to problem-solve.
- Is strategically designed for each child.
As a result
Students should be able to effectively
- Apply and expand knowledge in different settings.
- Gain a desire for continued learning and growth.
- Transfer skills to future life experience.
- Become more self-sufficient and accountable.
- Own their academic and social strengths and challenges.
- Practice self-advocacy without arrogance or apology.
- Master effective study techniques, organizational, and time management skills.
Teachers should be able to
- Assess students' strengths and challenges using subjective and objective-based data.
- Obtain a better perspective of how each student learns.
- Adjust curriculum and methods according to students' needs.
- Provide constructive feedback regarding student progress.
And Parents should be able to
- Celebrate their child's strengths and accomplishments.
- Feel empowered to taper their level of involvement based on child's developmental needs, independence, and level of ability.
- Gain a better understanding of their child's learning style.
- Receive consistent feedback regarding what the student is learning and how he or she is progressing toward the goal of content mastery.