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Homework only counts for 15% of the grade. Also it is not graded, but is checked only for completion. Is it really important for my child to spend the time doing it?
Absolutely! The homework is checked for completion rather than being graded so that the student can practice without fear of losing points for incorrect answers. Although homework is only 15% of the grade if it is not done the highest grade the student could possibly get is 85%. That 85% doesnt happen though, because without the practice from the homework the quiz and test grades are usually poor.
Math is like PE. You must practice to master the skills. Homework is practice.
How often does my child have homework in math?
As a rule every time your child has math class he or she will have homework. There may occasionally be time to start it in class, but we seldom have time to finish it. Lower level classes have about 20-30 minutes of homework per class. Some upper level classes may have an hour or more on occasion.
Do the math teachers put their assignments on ed-line?
No we do not. As a department the feeling was that a student needs to be responsible for writing the assignment down and then doing it. If the student forgets or loses the planner he or she may e-mail the teacher or stop by to ask. If a student is absent he or she is encouraged to e-mail the teacher for the assignment.
I cant help my child with his math homework anymore. What do we do?
All of the teachers in the math department are available before and after school to help students. Sometimes students have been known to stay after to sit in a math room an do their homework so they have a teacher to ask if they have difficulty. A student may ask any math teacher for help. Sometimes have a concept explained in a different way may make all the difference!
Tutoring is also available for all subjects on Tuesdays after school in room 128 through the National Honor Society. Tutoring for Cognitive Tutor is available in room 232 through Y-Wise.
I added up my childs points as listed on ed-line and divided to get the average.
This grade does not match the one on ed-line. What is going on?
The grades in the math department are weighted. Homework counts 15%, Quizzes and Classwork count 25%, and Tests are 60% in most courses. The weighting is what makes the difference in the grades. You childs math teacher will be happy to show you how to figure the grade our way. Just ask.
My son frequently loses points on homework and tests for not showing his work.
He gets the right answer and says he doesnt need to write the work down.
It is really important for students to show their work. Unless we can see what a student is doing we have no way of helping them when they have difficulty. Without showing work a student cant figure out why he misses a problem. Teachers frequently give partial credit to a student when he shows that he had done the steps correctly but had made a computation error. No visible work no chance for partial credit. Most math teacher just dont give points for a bald answer. The HSA test and all AP tests require that work be shown.
When should a student come for extra help? Before a test?
Students who are having trouble should definitely come for help before tests but they actually should come as soon as they are confused or have questions. Sometimes taking care of a small problem prevents larger ones from occurring. Encourage your child to seek help if he doesnt understand his homework after the assignment has been discussed in class.
My child doesnt seem to take good notes or remember what is happening in class. Could there be a problem?
With the longer classes and the earlier start this year we are noticing that some students have real difficulties staying awake in class. It is hard to be attentive through closed eyelids. While teachers will wake students repeatedly if necessary some kids just arent getting enough sleep. If your child works late during the week or stays up playing video games, that could be one cause. We know its hard, but wed appreciate it if parents would really encourage kids to get to bed at a reasonable time.
My child is taking something called Cognitive Tutor Algebra. What is this and how does it differ from regular Algebra?
Cognitive Tutor is a product developed by Carneige Learning that combines a normal classroom setting with extensive computer use. The student has a textbook that is kept at school, with pages being torn out and placed in a binder as needed. A portion of the grade is determined from paper and pencil activities in class and at home, and the rest of the grade is based on completion of computer activities. There is less emphasis on memorizing and more on thinking, reasoning and problem solving to understand the math. The students taking Cognitive Tutor so far have been just as successful on the High School Assessment as have those in the traditional algebra classes. What determines which course your child takes is whether he or she took Algebra 1A in middle school. If the student begins algebra in high school he or she will take Cognitive Tutor.
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