Homework Tips | Conseils pour les devoirs


Learning Skills and Work Habits |
Habiletés d'apprentissage et habitudes de travail


How can I further support my child in developing his or her learning skills and work habits at home?
Learning skills are study skills and thinking skills that are an integral part of your child’s learning. Developing these learning skills will help prepare your child for life-long learning as well as foster independence in learning, problem solving, decision-making and organizing. They are skills and habits that can be demonstrated across all subject areas and all homework tasks.

The six skills and work habits as seen in your child’s provincial report card are: responsibility, organization, independent work, collaboration, initiative and self-regulation.

Learning Skills/
Work Habits
  Sample Student Behaviours
  in the Classroom
 Parent Supports at Home

 Responsibility
  • Fulfills responsibilities and commitment within the learning environment
  • Completes and submits class work, homework and assignments according to agreed-upon timelines
  • Takes responsibility for and manages own behaviour
  • Help your child set goals
  • Take a few moments every day to chat about the school day and be a good listener: “How was your day?”
  • Make sure to always check and sign the agenda
  • Communicate regularly with your child’s teacher
  • Monitor and encourage your child’s progress and homework completion
  • Establish a balance between homework and other activities

Organization
  • Devises and follows a plan and process for completing work and tasks
  • Establishes priorities and manages time to complete tasks and achieve goals
  • Identifies, gathers, evaluates and uses information, technology and resources to complete tasks
  • Provide your child with a suitable environment for working at home
  • Work out a specific time for studying and homework completion
  • Provide your child with the proper tools and supplies to complete the homework (e.g., computer access, pen, pencil, eraser, pencil sharpener, scissors, tape, paper clips, ruler and highlighters.)
  • Establish a balance between homework and other activities

Independent
Work
  • Independently monitors, assesses and revises plans to complete tasks and meet goals
  • Uses class time appropriately to complete tasks
  • Follows instructions with minimal supervision
  • Check in occasionally by asking questions and talking about how the work is going
  • Make sure a routine for completing homework is well established
  • Participate appropriately in homework experiences and provide guidance as needed
  • Promote independence as much as possible
  • Create a checklist of work to be completed
  • Help your child refer to and or access assignment criteria or rubrics

 Collaboration
  • Accepts various roles and an equitable share of work in a group
  • Responds positively to the ideas, opinions, values, and traditions of others
  • Builds healthy peer-to-peer relationships through personal and media-assisted interactions
  • Works with others to resolve conflicts and build consensus to achieve group goals
  • Shares information, resources, and expertise and promotes critical thinking to solve problems and make decisions
  • Establish a balance between homework and other activities
  • Provide your child with extra-curricular activities
  • Provide opportunities for your child to practice his/her French listening and speaking skills with others
  • Help your child to build healthy peer-to-peer relationships by visiting the public library for French story time, attending summer camp, French plays and musical events
  • Encourage your child to work with others in group settings such as clubs, organizations and teams

Initiative
  • Looks for and acts on new ideas and opportunities for learning
  • Demonstrates the capacity for innovation and a willingness to take risks
  • Demonstrates curiosity and interest in learning
  • Approaches new tasks with a positive attitude
  • Recognizes and advocates appropriately for the rights of self and others
  • Promote risk-taking learning activities
  • Encourage curiosity
  • Encourage your child to start asking questions
  • Turn everyday activities into homework such as searching newspapers, reading recipes, creating shopping lists, plotting out routes on a map, reading directions on how to set up a game console
  • Visit places in Canada and abroad

Self-Regulation
  • Sets own individual goals and monitors progress towards achieving them
  • Seeks clarification or assistance when needed
  • Assesses and reflects critically on own strengths, needs, and interests
  • Identifies learning opportunities, choices, and strategies to meet personal needs and achieve goals
  • Perseveres and makes an effort when responding to challenges
  • Help your child set goals
  • Participate appropriately in homework experiences by clarifying expectations and providing guidance as needed
  • Provide strategies that best suit your child’s learning style
  • Acknowledge your child’s efforts
  • Motivate your child to persevere when responding to challenges


* View document Growing Success: Assessment, Evaluation and Reporting in Ontario's Schools, First Edition Covering Grades 1 to 12