- The challenges of remote learning are not where we want to return to but there have been some innovative changes through anywhere anytime learning that is increasing student engagement.
- Student, staff and family input into our homework policy is guiding changes to blend in with the powers of digital technologies and classroom learning.
Congratulations to our students and staff who have embraced our new homework processes. While differing across senior and junior schooling, the new homework practices have developed from the challenging times of remote learning, drawing upon some great teacher work and bringing an increased student commitment and self-regulation to their learning.
Late last term a survey was communicated to our families who contributed thoughts and ideas around homework and reporting. A huge thank you to all those who committed time to provide the feedback and ideas. The information from families clearly shows that:
- Students and families appreciated structure and accessibility of homework.
- Regular updates of student progress with homework and school learning would be beneficial to families and students.
The strategy for 2020 highlights that:
Year 12: are receiving ongoing formative online tasks across each of their courses that serve to revise and formatively assess student progress as they head towards their Higher School Certificate preparation.
Year 11: students are undertaking weekly quizzes and tasks that are providing an accumulation of assessment for year 11 and giving them valuable feedback on progress.
Years 7–10: are receiving weekly homework tasks across English, Mathematics, Science and HSIE in addition to less frequent homework tasks across other subjects.
We are currently exploring and testing methodologies to report home to parents in similar ways that occurred during remote learning. The methodology used during remote learning was not sustainable as it was put together quickly at a time that communication with home was critical. Current testing and development is looking at how we can make that recording much more frequent and achievable.