Homework is any work or activity which students are asked to do outside school time either on their own or with parents. HIS believes that homework should not prevent students from participating in an activity after school such as sport, or clubs of any kind. Equally, students should plan such activities to allow time to complete homework.
At HIS, the rationale of giving homework is to:
- Engage students in new opportunities that demonstrate their ability to transfer knowledge, concepts, and skills into different situations.
- Elicit student’s views about a concept for diagnosis issues in order for teachers to place students in the appropriate phase of the continuum which enables them to differentiate accordingly, and scaffold each student’s learning.
- Extend students’ knowledge and skills, or encourage deeper inquiry into concepts.
- Strengthen home-school / parent-student connection.
- Consolidate and reinforce skills and understanding.
- Encourage students to develop the confidence and self-discipline to work on their own, an essential skill for students’ life.
- Enable students to devote time to particular demands such as project work.
- Promote healthy growth and development (e.g., practicing physical skills, interviewing family members,…)
- Develop life skills (e.g., time management, self-direction, independent problem solving)
HIS pedagogical leadership team developed a clear detailed policy which communicates with the parents, students and teachers the rationale of giving homework, types and duration of homework, modes of turning in the assignment tasks, and the role and responsibility of each party to perform the tasks successfully.