Homework is a bridge that joins schools and parents. Not only is it important because it is at the intersection between home and school, but it also serves as a window through which parents can observe their children’s education and express positive attitudes. From the school’s perspective, this is an opportunity to monitor students’ independent progress, and for parents there is the potential to gain a greater appreciation of education and to provide positive reinforcement and support towards the child’s achievements.
Homework plays an important role in solidifying knowledge. It is through practice and participation in learning tasks that homework improves student achievement. Thus, it would be expected that if homework is being completed accurately, not only would the student’s general knowledge and grades improve, but they would also strengthen their mastery of basic academic skills, such as reading, writing, spelling and mathematics.
Other advantages to homework are: improving on your child’s ability to bring an assignment home, gather, search and organize the necessary materials to complete the assignment, and develop the self-discipline to complete the assignment by the due date. This not only develops his or her sense of responsibility, but also improves personal skills such as time management. Furthermore, it provides the parents with an opportunity to see what their child is learning, and to also become aware of class activities as well as the school’s expectations.
At Rowntree, our homework reinforces skills taught in class, provides an opportunity for students to apply newly gained knowledge without the teacher’s supervision and prepares them for the following day’s group class activities. Regular completion of homework usually leads students to acquire high success rates in their learning assessments such as but not limited to tests and quizzes. This reminds me of a famous quote by Thomas Edison that has remained with me all throughout my teaching career……
“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Accordingly, a genius is often merely a talented person who has done all of his or her homework.”
10 Benefits of Homework:
- Learning how to manage time.
- Setting priorities.
- Problem solving.
- Another opportunity to review the class material.
- Develops self-motivation.
- How to take responsibility for their part in the educational process.
- How to work independently.
- The importance of planning, staying organized and taking action.
- Homework helps teachers determine how well the lessons and material are being understood by their students.
- Homework gives parents a chance to see what their child is learning in school.