The Board of Education has adopted a homework policy for the School District which states: "All students at every grade level will have homework assignments each night. The assignments will range from a few minutes for primary grades to at least two hours for high school students." Teachers will explain the homework policy to their students the first week of school. Parent support will be essential for carrying out this plan.

Kinds of Homework Activities

Homework is designed to help students with a wide range of subjects and to develop many different skills. Homework assignments take many different forms.

  • CONTINUATION-Working on assignments begun in class.
  • READING-Using textbooks, library materials, supplementary readers and reference works.
  • WRITING-Creative writing projects, reports and other compositions.
  • EXPERIMENTATION-Working to uncover further findings on an experiment in the classroom.
  • RESEARCH-Working on long-term projects.
  • MEMORIZATION-Committing to memory such material as poems, speeches, plays, words and their definitions, mathematical formulas and theorems.
  • DRILL-Practicing the fundamental skills of any subject.
  • OBSERVATION-Purposeful seeking of ideas and information through such activities as viewing videotapes, plays and television programs.
  • INTERVIEWS-Gathering information from authoritative sources through personal contacts.
  • EXHIBITS-Collecting and preparing materials for others to view and examine.
  • MAKEUP-Completing essential or appropriate work missed due to absence.

Supplementary Reading Program

On February 8, 1993, the Board of Education decided each student enrolled in San Diego Unified School District should read and report on a minimum of one book per month (25 books annually), with most of the reading being done outside of class. At Sandburg, teachers monitor student reading to ensure compliance with the district requirements.


Suggestions for Parents

The eagerness and energy with which a student approaches his or her homework are often determined by the encouragement and support given by the parents.

Provide favorable conditions for study. Find a special study place with minimal distractions and interruptions. Include basic study materials, such as paper, pencil, a ruler, a dictionary, etc.

Make homework a regular family routine. A well-established study time will build good study habits.

Encourage responsibility. Students must accept responsibility for completing and returning homework daily.

Encourage high-quality work. Make students feel that the quality of the work is important, and that you appreciate their efforts to do careful, neat, conscientious work.

Praise success. Show your satisfaction if students are moving from dependence to independence. Praise them when they succeed; encourage them when problems develop. Constantly assure them that you are supporting them and taking pride in their accomplishments.

Praise the individual success of each child. A child's progress should never be compared
to that of other family members or friends.

Support the efforts of the teacher. Assist the teacher by supporting the need to complete assignments. The assignment of homework is designed to help students.

Communicate with school officials. Confer with teachers or the district counselor for suggestions on students' progress and how to develop good study habits.

Encourage students to seek assistance. When assignments are not well understood, students should ask for clarification and additional assistance.

Review assignments and encourage pacing. When assignments are completed on time, better homework assignments and projects result.

Makeup work is the responsibility of the student. Remind students that they are responsible for asking their teacher for makeup work and completing it.

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