Why Do Homework?

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The following resources are helpful to parents and teachers:

  1. Book: Supporting Successful Transition from Primary to Secondary School by Tina Rae (2014)
  2. Book: Book: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv (2008)
  3. Book: Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing across the Curriculum by Steve Johnson (2013)
  4. DVD video: Canadian Popular Music in the '60's, '70's & '80's by EMI Music Canada (2012)
  5. DVD video: Canada: A People's History produced by Mark Starowicz (2001).
  6. Book: Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition by James Raffan (1999)

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Girl completing her homework.

Why Do Homework?

  1. It makes your teachers happy with you.
  2. It makes your parent(s)/guardian(s) happy with you.
  3. Studies show that students who consistently complete their homework achieve higher marks than those who don't.
  4. Your teachers assign homework to help you review and practice the skills and concepts you learned in class. Make homework a habit if you want to succeed at school.
  5. Studying and completing homework is a skill you can learn. Study SMARTER, not HARDER by planning your time and using it well.
  6. Homework gives children tasks they must complete in their own time and so introduces them to the responsibilities of remembering, managing their time, and working independently.
  7. Homework is an integral part of the curriculum and an important tool for helping children to learn.
  8. A good, well-managed homework programme helps children and young people to develop the skills and attitudes they will need, for successful lifelong learning.
  9. Homework also supports the development of independent learning skills, and provides parents with an opportunity to take part in their children's education.

Why Do My Teachers Assign Homework?

Teachers assign homework for many reasons.

  1. Homework can give students extra practice time, apply information learned, and help them expand their knowledge beyond what learned in class.
  2. Assignments are also a good way for students to learn to work independently.
  3. Homework assignments can also help students work on bigger projects and learn how to use other resources such as encyclopaedias, the Internet and public libraries.

When Should You Do Homework?

  • Work on your homework each day around 4:30 pm or 7 pm.
  • Use your student planner each block to note your assignments and their due dates.
  • Schedule a daily study time - the best time for you; ideally the same time each day
  • Study in 15-30 minute blocks
  • Take breaks (about 5-10 minutes)
  • Plan to spend 1-1/2 hours per school night on average (more for tests or major assignments)

Where Should You Do Homework?

  • a room where everything you need is at hand
  • a quiet place; away from distractions such as television and phone
  • well lit place with lighting that helps you see your homework

What are the Materials You Need to Do Your Homework?

  • pen, pencil
  • lined paper
  • computer and printer if required
  • post your daily timetable and a calendar for noting assignment due dates and tests.

Teachers Should Consider The Following When Assigning Homework

Benefits of Parental Involvement in Their Child's Homework