In sixth grade students may be exposed to different types of homework which have different purposes:
THE REVIEW---A very common type in which students review work previously given. The purpose is to practice skills already learned so that skill is ingrained.
THE COMPLETION---Often an assignment is started in class and due to time constraints the student will finish this as homework. The concepts may be a combination of new and old. The purpose is to prove understanding and responsibility.
THE INQUIRY---- Work is given that will become the source of a new lesson. The purpose is to involve the students in a new concept to get them curious and get them ready for a class discusssion. Their "work" is then used as a springboard for the lesson.
THE APPLICATION---Often done as a culmination of a variety of concepts, students use their creative abilites to apply knowledge and also create something to display their knowledge. The purpose is to become a thinker, and become a producer of a well thought-out finished project.
THE RESEARCH---Students are given guidelines in the form of a study sheet or rubric to set them free to delve into a subject "on their own" and present this information as a report or project. The purpose is for students to become knowledgable about a subject and use all skills to make a formal presentation.
THE TEST PREPARATION ---Just as the name implies students use notes, text books, vocabulary, and previous work to study for a test. The purpose is for an assessment of key concepts.
Students who complete their homework and take pride in the quality of the work become successful learners that develop confidence, increase their skills, and build the foundation for becoming productive citizens.
Just as there are different types of homework, there are different types of grading and variations according to teacher. One can surmise, however, that a project, report, or application of concepts will have more "weight" than a little practice or review page. Some homework may not be graded other than as a completion grade,or as a prepared for class grade. Imagine for a moment comparing a sports practice to a real game. Those points scored in practice may not "count" as much as for a game, but it is time well spent and will probably be reflected in the game (test), or next assignment.
Late Work Policy
Late work is work not yet completed or not in the room when the teacher asks for it. In the beginning of the year, the sixth grade teachers are well aware of the transition students need to make to the diverse learning environment of middle school. We know that students need good organizational skills,and that it takes time for students to become used to our expectations. Therefore in the first quarter, we will take homework papers late, but only for one class time. This means if an assignment is due on Monday, the student may bring it in on Wednesday (the next class meeting) and receive a late C, D or F. A's and B's are no longer attainable for that paper. The exception to this is for the AB3 class which would require the late paper to be completed the next day.
THIS POLICY DOES NOT APPLY TO LATE WORK DUE TO ILLNESS OR EMERGENCY SITUATIONS....SEE STUDENT HANDBOOK .
Teachers may also give some discretion in accepting a major project beyond the one day, or may make exceptions in unusual circumstances.
In the second quarter, students have had time to adjust to the new block schedule, and other changes encountered in the middle school, so the late penalty beomes more severe. Late papers in the second quarter will get, at the most, a 50%. Then to enable the students to finally transition to being a responsible student, the last semester will be the most rigorous with no late papers accepted.
Once again, this will not apply to legitimate absenses or other circumstances in which the teacher may use discretion to accept a late paper.
Teachers will meet as a pod and design programs for students that have difficulty complying with the homework policy. Parents will be involved in staffings to implement learning plans that could incorporate tools such as lunch detention, mandatory homework room, and nightly assignment checks.
The following is a guest book for you to voice your thoughts, and of course, the teachers at S.C.M.S. will read and acknowledge when time permits.