Time spent on homeworkMost CCPS children are spending between 5 and 30 minutes onhomework each day.
Time Spent on homeworkParents seem generally satisfied with this:
It doesn’t suit everyIt doesn’t suit everyfamily...family...
“Receiving homework on a Monday to be handed in Friday is toohard. Our family needs time on the weekend to catch up withhomework.”
“The homework is having a notable impact on our family life inthat as both my husband and I work, the majority of thehomework needs to be completed on the weekend which istraditionally family time. In our situation, our daughter attendsbefore and after school care on certain days and.. they do nothave adequate computer resources or staff to assist the childrenshould they need help with homework...Due to work and othercommitments (swimming and piano) it is often after 7.30 pmbefore we can commence homework. This is too late for an 8year old.”
Most parents like computerbased homework“Homework done on the computer is the most motivatingsuch as mathletics, spelling city and slide shows.”“Computer based work (ie mathletics) often seems moreexciting for the children. my daughter loves any homeworkthat is craft related and also loves using powerpoint for herpresentations”
a few weren’t so positive,“Can understand spelling, but stupid powerpoints seemuseless.”“STOP the speeches, these should be prepared in class notturned into parent involved Channel 9 worthy powerpointpresentations”“I dont think mathletics is good as a stand aloneassignment.”“I dislike the Spelling City computer program.”
Access was also an issue“Our daughter attends before and after school care on certaindays and.. they do not have adequate computer resources orstaff to assist the children should they need help withhomework.”
The Y2 Matrix style HomeworkIs popular“Year 2 homework (2012) because choice, creative and flexiblewith respect to daily time-allotment.”“Where they can choose to complete certain tasks from a rangeof tasks. Where they can be a little more creative themselvesrather than just completing worksheets.”
The Y2 matrix style homeworkis popular,• “The homework being set for 2/3E is a fabulous model, as itwas in Yr 2! The children have flexbility to choose the tasksthey would like to complete and understand that there is a 4week window in which to complete it.”• “I think the assignment scenario in year 2 is great. I wrotemy child does 5-10min which is an avge. Sometimes we do20mins and sometimes nothing. I love the flexiblity of thisyear’s homework program.”
but some found it hard tomanage.“For my family the best type of homework is a reader followedby one other item that is the same every day for a week (forexample a maths sheet or spelling lists). It needs to berepetitive and easy to pick up and do for my kids to getthrough it. While the computer related tasks are great if Idont stand over my kids they find their way somethingdifferent and dont finish the task! The project type tasks aregood for the kids but one a term would be great.”
Some prefer the Y3 model.“Weekly homework in Y3 vs style given in Y2 (5 weeks at once)she likes the spelling lists gives her a sense of achievement.She likes the bonus /optional activities on the weekly sheet.She enjoys doing the presentations - it is great she knowwhen she is scheduled to give them and the topics. This wayshe can get it finished on the weekend.”
Some want traditional homework,“Bring back the old style sheets they would get forhomework!!”“Drop projects. Focus on basic maths practise, reading andkeeping a daily journal”“Simple maths revision. Writing a few sentences or reading”“Specific homework sheets to complete. Not choose this orthat. Work that is consistent and revised school work”
others Are against homework.“Please let my children be free after school to play, be creative,leave behind the classroom. Let them value free time oractivities without the spectre of homework hanging overthem.”“My belief is that homework is useless, and its just anotherthing for stressed-out parents to try to manage. Its alsooutsourcing the work that teachers should be doing.”
Others are against homework“Research shows that homework is not necessary at primaryschool and at its worst, stresses children when they needtime to themselves. Im all for a ban on homework.”“Its just another stress factor for parents. Im a single motherworking full-time. Theres no way I can supervise homeworkon top of everything else. Plus I honestly dont believe itmakes that much difference.”
Many found the Monday -Friday modeldifficult• “Receiving homework on a Monday to be handed in Fridayis too hard. Our family needs time on the weekend to catchup with homework.”• “ I found the year X homework a struggle as you got it on theMonday and had to hand it in on the Friday. My children goto after school care three days and then have an activity onthe other day and it is a struggle.”
Many found the Monday -Friday modeldifficult• “Allow for homework to be done on weekends if needed andhanded in on a Monday.”• “At the moment, homework sheet is only available Mondayto Friday. My child likes to complete her homework, but wehave many extracurricular activities, so that it would behelpful if she could also work on the homework on weekenddays.”
The Value of Homework -The Value of Homework -Parent ViewsParent Views
Parents value homeworkfor:Teaching valuable habits and routines that will be needed inhigh school.Revision of core curriculum - without which their childrenmay fall behind.Opportunity to find areas their children need help withTo find out what is being taught at school
Almost every teacher said‘NO”• “No I believe this time could be better spent creating and delivering qualitylesson”• “Probably not, but If it helps a student to better understand a concept or how tospell a word I am happy.”• “No, although feedback from students who have gone on to high school indicatethat the homework received in Stage 3 prepared them for high schoolhomework.”• “Yes, providing the homework is targeted to learning outcomes. I absolutelydisagree with the giving bookwork to finish at home approach. Chn who cantfinish in lesson time need support from a teacher in class.”
Review the researchDoes homework make adifference?Does homework teachorganisational skills?What are the most effectivehomework practices?
Consider the needs of C21learnersWhat skills do our studentsneed to learn?Does our homework modelsuit the needs of C21families?
Consider the costs andbenefitsHow can we plan aneffective homeworkprogram that is resourcefriendly?Is the outcome worth thetime spent administeringthe program?Resources inOutcomes
This Term...Establish a common purpose and vision for our homeworkDefine school criteria for what makes a good homeworkprogramExamine our current programs and identify adjustments wecan make
Next Term...Share our purpose and vision with our communityTrial approaches that fit with our school definition of goodhomework.Reflect and Review
Fourth Term...Determine the practices that will become embedded in ourhomework programsWrite a new homework policyShare our policy with the communityPlan for the long term - how can effective homeworkpractices be maintained over the coming years.