Homework can be set in an array of styles – as an extension of class work, completing assignment tasks, mini project, undertaking research activities or answering examination-style questions and revisiting gap topics.
Homework is set on a regular basis, generally weekly, in order to reinforce learning, to develop independent study skills and also prepare for lessons. The expected duration of homework increases from Year 7 through to Year 13 as follows:
Year 7 and 8 - 30 minutes per subject Year 9 - 30-45 minutes per subject Year 10 and 11 - 45 minutes – 1 hour per homework set Year 12 and 13 - Minimum of 1 hour per homework set.
Homework should be:
Purposeful, meaningful and relevant to the curriculum Interesting, challenging and when appropriate open ended Assessed by teachers with feedback and support provided
Type of homework:
Practice exercises - Provide opportunities for students to apply new knowledge or to review, revise and reinforce newly acquired skills, such as: writing essays and other creative tasks Completing consolidation exercises Practising words/phrases learnt in a language other than English.
Reading for pleasure Extension assignments - Encourage students to pursue knowledge individually and imaginatively.
Google classroom is a web-based platform that integrates Google Apps for Education. Students and staff can access the classroom from home or school, perfect for homework.
Classrooms are set up by staff. An access code is given to the student to access homework assignments, communicate, and stay organized.
How it works:
Teacher creates an assignment with an attached Google Doc
Student edits the copy of the homework and turns it in.
Teacher grades the assignment
Student reviews and edits the copy of the homework.
Both the teacher and students can see a list of pending and completed class assignments. The teacher can see all of the grades for an assignment, and students can see their own grades for completed assignments. Teachers can quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback in the Classroom.