Frequently Asked Questions
|If you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me and I will post your question anonymously and answer it on this page as well as e-mail the answer to you personally.|
|Q:||How do I know if my child has homework?|
|A:||Assignments are written daily on the assignment board. Students copy the assignments into their daily planners. Daily planners should be taken home on a nightly basis. Incomplete assignments should be filed in the front of the folder and completed assignments should be filed in the back of the folder.|
|Q:||What is the accelerated reading program?|
|A:||The accelerated reading program is a method that was developed by Judi Paul, a mother and educator who desired a summer reading program for her children with the goal of increasing their reading ability and joy of reading. The program was purchased by Advantage Learning Systems and is now used worldwide. Children take a computerized S.T.A.R. test to discover their Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD). Studies have proven that children who are reading for one hour a day successfully in their ZPD will improve their reading up to two grade levels per year. Reading is the most important subject taught at school. Without reading a child can not succeed in other subject areas.|
|Q:||What is your philosophy on homework?|
|A:||Homework may be assigned to students either as work not finished in class, or as
research and independent study. Any assignment may be classified into one of the four types which are listed below:
1. Practice - given to help students master specific skills.
2. Preparation - given to prepare students to gain maximum benefit from subsequent lessons, i.e. read the next chapter in a textbook.
3. Extension - given to determine if a student can transfer a new skill or concept to a new situation. This requires a higher degree of application and abstract thinking skills.
4. Creative - requires students to integrate many skills and concepts in the process of producing a response, i.e., book report or research project.
|Student Responsibility||Parent Responsibility||Teacher Responsibility|
|Use your time at home and at school wisely.||Provide a time and quiet place for completing assignments.||Assign reasonable amounts of homework within the ability range of the students in the class.|
|Complete all unfinished assignments at home.||Assist student, but do not do the work for them.||Assignments should be relevant.|
|Assume full responsibility for completing assigned homework.||Contact the teacher if child appears to be encountering problems.||Assignments should be clearly and thoroughly described to the student.|
|Return all homework on time.||Read and sign all papers, Daily Planner, report cards and progress reports.||Assignments should motivate students to learn.|
|Support the teacher as they seek to assist your child in learning.||All assignments should be graded or evaluated as soon as possible.|
|Seek the truth about your child's progress.||Parents should be kept informed of student progress.|
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