Homework in the Rapid Learner Program
During the school day, our students are exposed to a very high level of learning that it presented at an accelerated pace. Our program views homework as an extension of this model. Homework also helps instill in students a sense of responsibility, accountability, motivation, and self-confidence. The homework that students do in the Rapid Learner program is differentiated and should be different from traditional programs. The homework is meant to challenge student’s thinking and allow them to stretch their thoughts from the day’s instruction. Some homework, though, is practice, especially in the lower grades. Brain research indicates that when a student is trying to master new learning, he/she must review and recall the information within 24 hours of its introduction. Otherwise, the student would have to start completely over with the new material as if it was never introduced in the day's lesson.
We believe the homework should compliment the classroom learning and be relevant for our students. We do not expect our students to spend large amounts of time on it. We try our best to align our homework assignments with the district standards for the time to complete it. Each individual student will handle the homework differently however, which may result in shorter or longer time frames for completing the work. In addition to nightly homework, there may be long term projects that will require some work be done at home. We do try to allow for class time with these long term projects. By managing daily work with long term work, students learn the important skills of time management, task breakdown, and planning.We do understand that a number of our students are involved in a variety of after school activities. We want our students to be able to balance their homework with these other activities which is a great way to learn time management.
10 Benefits of Homework*:
1. Homework teaches students about time management.
2. Homework teaches students how to setting priorities.
3. Homework helps teachers determine how well the lessons are being understood by their students.
4. Homework teaches students how to problem solve.
5. Homework gives students another opportunity to review the class material.
6. Homework gives parents a chance to see what is being learned in school.
7. Homework teaches students that they may have to do things - even when they don't want to.
8. Homework teaches students how to take responsibility for their part in the educational process.
9. Homework teaches students how to work independently.
10. Homework teaches students the importance of planning, staying organized and taking action.Del Paso Manor Mustangs