Homework is an integral part of your learning process. It allows us to practice, strengthen our weaknesses, and also become more proficient at completing a task with higher success rates.
At the OJCS we have dedicated meaningful time and resources into developing a new Homework Philosophy and Policy. Big takeaways are that homework should only be assigned if it is:
Mathematics is an ongoing practice, and each day we craft and sharpen our practice, and there are always next steps. Mathematics is not just only about memorizing formulas and steps, although it does account for some of your learning and makes going forward easier, most of your practice will be honing in on critical thinking skills, developing a skill for inquiry based learning, and improving problem solving skills.
Sometimes homework in our classes will be solely memorization based, to aid in speed and efficiency to simple problems and will be personalized on the needs of the student. In other cases, homework will be more synthesized or new to you, as watching a video on a new skill or concept and coming to class the next day to try it out, (flipped classroom) and then attaching that idea to a skill you already know.
In all situations, homework in my class is all about the effort and time that you put in, to make your learning more consolidated. It has a purpose and it counts.
Math homework will not be GRADED for a mark, however for effort and completion only. It is solely a practice or inquiry based approach. This makes our time in the classroom more meaningful, positive, and active.
In all instances of homework, you are responsible for the following:
- Completion and your best efforts put in to complete the entire task (does not mean it has to be 100% correct)
- Show all of your work (when applicable)
- Submitted on time for meaningful feedback
- Take ownership and ask questions, don’t wait until the last minute, I’m here to help!
- Doing your own work. (Partner work is ok, BUT If you don’t understand it yourself, it doesn’t belong to you.)
- Check your grade’s google calendar and blog for updated and/or current homework assignments
- Keeping track of homework deadlines and due dates
Some homework assignments may be due the following day; however, most homework assignments will have a flexible period (2-3 days) to account for life outside of the classroom. Manage your time.
I understand that sometimes circumstances come up, and you may be unable to complete your homework by the due date. This is an excused absence and you will have a meeting with me to decide on a revised due date for you.
However, if you fail to complete homework assignments, without a valid excuse, the following may occur:
- Warning and due the next possible day.
- Meeting with me and due the next possible day.
- Meeting with me and remaining in during second recess to complete homework that day
- Phone call/e-mail home
- Administration involvement
I am always available to help with any homework activities and assignments, and most often will be able to sit with you and go over some clarifying questions and steps to help any homework activity, or concept from class more accessible and friendly to your learning style.
Speak up. Ask questions. Own your Learning.