The following homework policy is designed to help all students achieve greater academic success while at Old Mill. This homework policy was revised by the Mill Valley School District on May 10, 2018.
Homework is designed to support what has been learned or is being learned in class. Current homework guidelines, researched by teaching staff and administration with input provided by parents, has been approved by the Mill Valley School District Board of Trustees.
Homework is assigned at Old Mill School on a regular basis and is considered a valuable part of the instructional program and is designed to extend and reinforce classroom learning, encourage personal responsibility and develop good study habits. Students, teachers and parents all have important roles to play in homework. Homework is most effective when all three do their part.
At each grade level there is a consistency in homework frequency and quantity. If your child is consistently working on his/her homework, but exceeding the time guidelines, please contact your child's teacher. These are average times and may vary due to individual abilities and study habits and because of special projects. Daily reading may also be assigned.
You will find the MVSD homework policy HERE.
- Give clear, concise directions
- Retrieve and/or model all assignments in class
- Provide legible handouts
- Assign work that meets the school's homework policy time guidelines and is grade-level appropriate
- Reinforce previous (and new) learning
- Communicate with student and parent the positives and negatives about assignments
- Keep accurate records
- Give response to students and parents about assignments
- Provide opportunity for student and parent feedback
- Vary assignments and avoid busy work
- Be accepting of exceptional situations when homework cannot be completed
- Provide an appropriate time and place for homework
- Make school the number one priority during the academic school year
- Model a positive attitude
- Provide support to your child's efforts
- Ask your child to share assignments with you regularly
- Encourage your child to ask for specific help (i.e., proofreading accuracy, content)
- Know when to stop a child when he/she is struggling and exhausted
- Communicate and cooperate with your classroom teacher if your child is having difficulties or working longer than the time prescribed
- Try to assist your child without doing their work for them