Homework Philosophy
Homework contributes toward building responsibility, self-discipline and lifelong learning habits. It is the intention of the Craven Early College staff to assign relevant, challenging and meaningful homework assignments that reinforce classroom learning objectives. Homework should provide students with the opportunity to apply information they have learned, complete unfinished class assignments, and develop independence (Carthage 3). In order to set your student up for success, we have provided some suggestions and helpful tips regarding homework completion:
    • Help set up a consistent organized place for homework to be done.
    • Help your student establish either a consistent schedule for completing homework or help him/her create a schedule each Sunday night that reflects that particular week’s activities.
    • Encourage, motivate, and prompt your child, but do not sit with him/her and do the homework with him/her. The purpose of homework is for your student to practice and use what he/she has learned. If your student is consistently not able to do the homework by himself/herself, please contact the teacher.
    • If your student is practicing a skill, ask him/her to tell you which steps are easy for him/her, which are difficult, or how he/she is going to improve. If your student is doing a project, ask him what knowledge he/she is applying in the project. If your student is consistently unable to talk about the knowledge he/she is practicing or using, please contact the teacher.
    • Although there might be exceptions, the minutes your student should spend on homework should equal approximately 10 times his/her grade level (an eighth grader would spend 80 minutes, a ninth grader would spend 90 minutes, a tenth grader would spend 100 minutes, and so on).
    • When bedtime comes, please stop your child, even if he/she is not done. If your student is consistently unable to complete homework before bedtime, please contact the teacher. (Marzano 62)

Student Signature Date
I have read and understood the CEC sophomore homework philosophy.

Parent Signature Date
We are licensed teaching professionals and pride ourselves in keeping up to date with the latest professional development opportunities and research in our fields. If you are interested in reading the research supporting our expectations for our students, please visit:

Carthage Junior High School. Carthage Junior High School Student Handbook. 14 June 2010. Handbook.
http://www.carthage.k12.mo.us/jh/Documents/2010-2011JH_StudentHandbook.pdf, Carthage, MO.
Marzano, Robert J., Debra Pickering, and Jane E. Pollock. Classroom Instruction That Works: Research-based Strategies for Increasing Student
Achievement. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, 2004. Print.