Homework contributes toward building responsibility, self-discipline and lifelong learning habits. It is my intention to assign relevant, challenging and meaningful homework assignments that reinforce classroom learning objectives. Homework should provide students with the opportunity to apply information they have learned, complete unfinished class assignments, and develop independence. With most assignments I will give students a bit of time to start their homework in class. Because I do not give homework on a nightly basis, when I do give it, I expect it to be in by the due date.
I have explained to all students that I understand that little things like "life" gets in the way, and if for any reason they cannot complete an assignment, they should tell me before class or in an email. I encourage them to advocate for themselves, and not have parents explain to me why their assignment is not completed. I will always provide ample notice for an assignment to be completed. If a student does not discuss with me why an assignment is late, they will lose points for each day it is late.
With writing assignments, there are some basic rules to follow. I have provided ten simple rules that students are aware of - they are posted in my classroom and for 6th grade, they are written in their notebooks.
Important Writing Tips to Follow:
- Don’t use kid – use friend, peer, student
- Don’t use the pronoun “You”
- In a summary, watch out for too many details
- No pronouns in a Topic Sentence
- Don’t write “then” – tell me when
- No contractions
- Always Double Space if type written
- Don’t write “My son named Bob” but “My son, Bob,…”
- Spell out # 1-10
- Stick to one tense