Assigning homework serves various educational needs. It serves as an intellectual discipline, establishes study habits, and eases time constraints on the amount of curricular material that can be covered in class, and supplements and reinforces work done in school. In addition, it fosters student initiative, independence, and responsibility and brings home and school closer together.
All homework should be recorded clearly in the college homework journal. Failure on the part of the student to satisfactorily complete the homework task should also be recorded by the teacher, on the merit demerit sheet for junior cycle students and on a proposed new homework record sheet in the case of senior cycle students.
WHY IS HOMEWORK IMPORTANT?
Homework develops students’ initiative and responsibility and fulfils the expectations of both students and parents. Homework assignments are most effective if they are carefully planned, assigned and corrected by the teacher and have direct meaning to students. The completion of the homework task is beyond the remit of the teacher and it is here that the parent/guardian plays a crucial role.
- The setting of homework is an essential part of the teacher’s lesson plan.
- Homework should address the specific learning outcomes of the lesson.
- The Teacher should design the task around relevant achievable goals with consideration of the ability levels of the class grouping.
- The homework should be assigned and fully explained during the lesson, thus any queries can be addressed.
- Time must be granted for it to be recorded accurately by students in the College homework journal within the lesson.
- It is vital that all homework assignment are inspected on deadline and clearly corrected where errors occur.
- Failure on the part of the student to complete any homework assignment, to a satisfactory standard, is recorded by the teacher.