Revision – JRES Homework Pilot 2017-2018
All students :
• Read appropriate level books for 20 minutes each night, independently and with their families.
• Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 may be assigned 10 minutes of nightly Math practice.
• Get outside and play (this does not mean more screen time).
• Eat dinner with your family (and help with set-up and clean-up).
• Get a good night’s sleep.
JRES Homework Pilot Frequently Asked Questions
I heard “no homework.” Shouldn’t this be called a homework policy?
Our intention was never to be a “no homework” school. Our intention was to reduce homework demands, and highlight the positive benefits of regularly reading for enjoyment. Our goal is that our students create a daily habit of reading something they enjoy, and reap the intrinsic reward that they earn.
Why has Math been added in grades 3, 4, and 5?
Generally, our faculty would like more hours in the day to provide all the instruction and practice time our students need. We’re finding that students in these grades need regular practice time to establish their Math fluency. Your student’s Math homework should not exceed 10 minutes per day, will not impact their letter grade, and will be focused on independently practicing routines.
In our other grades, we may occasionally substitute an independent Math activity for reading. That Math activity will allow parents to know more about their student’s Math growth, and will enable the teachers to know what their students can finish independently. Parents may expect this about once per week.
Will my child ever have to do classwork at home?
Maybe. Upon occasion your teacher may ask your child to review for a test. Or, perhaps your child was unable to complete an assignment that the rest of the class finished.
What if I want my child to do more homework?
Every child has different needs. Enrichment resources are available on your teacher’s web page, and your teacher can assist you in finding the best challenges for your child.
How long is this going to last?
Despite the energy and consideration that has gone into this wide-scale change, it is an experiment. As such, our new homework policy is subject to change and refinement as we monitor our students’ academic growth and development.