In Soundings, we do not assign daily homework simply for the sake of assigning homework. However, part of the Soundings philosophy aims at helping students assume responsibility for developing strong work and study habits that will support them throughout their academic career. To this end, students and parents should realize that we expect each student to devote about an hour each day outside of school to Soundings related work. We ask parents and students to establish a homework/study routine that can be flexible but consistent.
Soundings related work includes standing responsibilities such as completion of the daily log entry and quotation interpretations, current event summaries, reading, and/or completing validations for the reading journal.
The log and word study tasks may often be completed within the school day; however, each could benefit from review or extension at home. The reading journal is open-ended, so clearly this is always a valuable use of the Soundings homework time. Please note: Soundings related work does NOT include their math, world language, or health class responsibilities.
In addition to these on-going responsibilities, as the year progresses, students will be conducting research, writing and editing papers, and working on projects and presentations, all of which will have particular assignments and responsibilities requiring the students to spend time working at home. For many of these, the requirements and due dates will be posted on the Soundings web site so parents can also be aware and remind students, if needed, of their obligations.
So, when a student claims to have no homework, this may be true in terms of new assignments. Nevertheless, that student has tasks on which to work each and every day after school ends. Parents can use this prioritized checklist to aid in encouraging their children to use their Soundings homework time effectively:
- Specific tasks such as writing and editing Focus Papers, Lab Reports and/or Current Event summaries.
- On-going research and preparation of major projects, for example, Unit and/or IRP Presentations.
- Log book entry for the next day and, twice each week, quotation interpretations.
- Reading books of their choosing and then validating those books in their reading journal.
- Review of notes on topics studied.
The bottom line: there is ALWAYS something important that the student can work on for an hour to improve his or her knowledge base, skills and performance for Soundings.