Homework is defined as time spent in addition to the normal classroom lesson to consolidate learning. This may take many forms including rewriting notes, reading, completing class work, skill repetition exercises, drafting essays, preparatory work or reading for a new topic or an enrichment activity. It may involve the use of technology such as computers. For example all students need to complete activities from the Mathletics program to embed learning.
This facet of homework will vary from class to class and be dependent on class progress through a teaching program and on a teachers assessment of where strengthening of classroom theories and skills need homework support. Therefore the time commitment will vary.
The other component of homework is the completion of assignments, research papers, investigations and preparation for tests and exams. These major assessments are noted in the course outlines that each student received at the beginning of each term for each subject. Parents also receive a package of course outlines covering every subject their child studies. The outlines indicate when major assessments are due and test sat. This creates another layer of homework that is specific to assessment. The course outline allows students to establish a timetable of study so to meet their assessment requirements.
This can lead to “heavy” and “light” periods of homework. However if a student has an established and practised homework/study regime then “heavy” periods of homework can be accounted for. Homework is the vehicle to reinforce what has been taught in class plus acts as an extension of learning that manifests itself in assessments, tests and exams.