As our children move through different grades and get different teachers, different expectations are placed on them concerning homework. I think there are more philosophies on homework as their are on how humans came to be. That said, it is important to get on board with their current teacher’s philosophy in order for your child to succeed in this school year. It will help if you begin communicating with their teacher right away – not badgering, just letting them know that you are there and willing to listen to them and follow their lead. Be clear that you want to know what is expected of you and your child, so you can help your child understand what their teacher will be expecting from them.

Questions to Ask About Homework

  • How much time should my child need to complete homework each night it’s assigned?
  • How many nights a week do you assign homework?
  • What do you expect my child to be doing on their own?
  • Do you have a system for projects? Do you break them up or is there just one grade? What are the grading requirements?
  • Do you have scheduled tests? How much time in advance do you give to your students to prepare for a test?

Questions to Ask About Classroom Rules

  • How do you assign seating? How do you make those choices?
  • Do you have a reward system?
  • How much time are kids in your class given to finish class work?
  • What do you do when kids are caught talking/laughing/etc. in your class?
  • What do you do when notice the child isn’t working to the best of their ability?