While there is still much discussion on the effectiveness of homework, research asserts that the 10-minute rule per grade level holds true for middle school students. This means that our middle school students should receive anywhere from 60 to 80 minutes of homework each evening. Especially in middle school, students develop important study skills that will benefit them in high school and college, and they learn the value of time management and responsibility.
This being said, we also understand that students need time away from their studies to relax and engage in social, extracurricular and family activities. When given too much homework, students lose this time and suffer the effects of stress and sleep deprivation, which has proved to reduce academic performance.
Moving forward, we intend to norm on the homework given to middle school students and are dedicated to ensuring that this happens consistently.
Starting this week (10/22) middle school homework will be assigned daily in each subject (math, ELA, Science & SS). All homework assignments will be directly connected to the learning outcomes of the day and clearly communicated to students/families. In designing homework, teachers will carefully consider how much practice students need and design homework to effectively meet those goals within an appropriate duration of time. Homework will be collected each day, so that teachers can track accuracy and completion.
If you have any questions about this, please feel free to reach out directly to your child’s teacher or Ms. McKenzie or Mrs. Gillespie.
Thank you for your support!