The purpose of homework is multi-faceted. Homework is designed to support student learning and have a positive impact on student achievement. Homework creates opportunities for students to prepare, review, and practice skills, concepts and strategies from the students’ math course.
Here are a few other items of importance to a successful year in my classroom:
Students need to stay organized this year. Their notebook (or binder) is required and they should have a math section. It is also expected that each student will have their math textbook every class period.
Parents, if want to see how your child is doing, please ask him or her to look at their math binder and in their textbook. The student’s progress should be clear.
We just may have a “pop” notebook quiz occasionally. They could happen at any time, so the better organized students are - the better you’ll do on an open notes quiz!
Students' grades will be based on homework, class work, projects, quizzes, tests, participation, and notebooks (including “warm-ups”). You will be able to check grades on-line, but you may also request a PRINTED COPY at anytime. Any make up work or revisions will need to be finished before the next grade summary.
Assignments will be posted on the white board in the classroom, on iCal and my classroom website. On the website, there is a Homework drop down under the Math tab.
All tests and quizzes will come home for parent signature. Please review with your child, sign and then have your child return the item. I will keep all tests and quizzes in a file for your child.
Late assignments (large assignments/projects) will not receive full credit.* The later the assignment - the less the credit. Homework will be accepted late, but let's not make a habit of it! Tests and quizzes can be corrected (but not for full credit). Students may do corrections on a test and get HALF of the POINTS BACK. If they do these corrections and still would like to have another opportunity to retake the test. They may do so, but they must do so within two weeks of the first test given back.
Study Island is something that the students should all be chipping away at almost daily. I often carve out time in class for them to work on it, but they should probably add some of their own time as well. By year's end - each student needs to have achieved a P or an A (proficient or advanced) on every topic in order to then take the test at the end. They will receive a STUDY ISLAND GRADE worth 100 points for the last trimester based on that test score. (That test can be re-taken until the student receives a grade with which they are satisfied) I will also have them complete a certain amount of topics each of the first two trimesters worth 5 points for each ribbon earned.
You will be expected to be in your seat and be ready to work when the gongs chime. When absent - you must make up missed work and tests. If you are absent for an extended period of time - we will negotiate.