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2nd Semester Letter Home
Dear Students and Parents, January 25, 2019
Our normal class routine:
Students should participate during the lesson and take notes of the examples that I do in class, adding to their cheat sheet as needed.
Students are then given an opportunity to practice the concepts on the homework assignment. (generally ranging from 8 to 16 problems)
The following day, students will grade their own homework and see first hand what mistakes were made.
Students are then given an opportunity to ask questions, and I will re-work any problems they did not understand.
The routine in class will remain the same, but I would like to go over some changes for this semester.
Last semester, there were over 100 bonus points offered through homework, vocabulary and special assignments. (That is basically a free test grade.) I will no longer be offering bonus points on each homework assignment. This semester, I will be offering bonus points at the end of the chapter for students who have all of their homework turned in with no zeros and/or late grades.
Like last semester, I will allow students to redo their homework assignments for a 75% credit. Redos are only available if the assignment was complete and turned in on time. (Late grades can not be re-done for a higher grade.) Since students grade their own homework and are given a chance to ask questions, redoing the assignment is a great way to correct their mistakes and pick up some extra points for their average. Redos should be completed quickly while the information is fresh in their mind.
There is a “Homework” basket in the front of my class room. Students need to have their Name, Hour, and Assignment on their paper. If any of this information is missing, it is difficult to put a grade in the grade book. If a student believes they handed in a paper and a grade has not been entered in the grade book, they may want to check the “Homework” basket.
Last semester I allowed students to correct their quizzes and tests for half credit added back. I will continue to do that this semester but would discourage students from being dependent on this to raise their grade. This practice may not be offered to them in a high school course. (This privilege could end at any time.)
The Weatherford Schools have purchased a program called ALEKS. It is a program that will give students a individualized education based on their own strengths and weaknesses. At this point in the school year, students should have completed at least 50% of the curriculum. If they have not reached 50%, I would encourage them to work toward their goal at home. If they would like to work during their “Nest” time, I have a computer and iPad available in my room, or we can set up a time to work in the computer lab. The ALEKS program is a great way for students to get the individualized learning that they need at their own pace. I can not stress enough how valuable this could be to prepare for State Testing and/or ACT Aspire testing.
Student Name:____________________________Current Percentage:_____________
Students can increase their ALEKS percentage by completing online objectives. This 9 weeks, I will give 2 bonus points for each percentage increase.
My classroom was being used during the 1st 9 weeks, but 2nd 9 weeks I opened my room up everyday except Tuesday during their “Nest” time. Students are able to come in and work on homework by themselves or as a group. We also have a study hall room available to students during Advisory. Students who are not already assigned to an AR/Tutorial or specialty room can choose to attend study hall and work on their homework.
I hope this information is helpful.
Have a great day!!
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