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Homework Policy

►Homework Policy

Homework in this class is usually used to prepare you for the next day's class, but it is also sometimes used to practice skills already introduced in class, or to elaborate on ideas introduced in class. Sometimes it’s just completing an assignment that’s due later, or reviewing what we did in class so you have information at hand for tests, quizzes or other activities

Please keep in mind these details about homework in this class:

  1. Homework assigned in this class is usually intended to take around 15-20 minutes for the average student to complete. If you find it taking much more than that, please let me know. There may be ways to adjust the assignments or how you’re completing them that can help you get what you need in much less time.
  2. To help you make use of your work as the course progresses, you’ll want to keep all assignments until the end of the course. Because many of the assignments are electronic, you will receive instruction in how to maintain organized digital files, (and you’ll be expected to do so).
  3. You should make every effort to complete homework on time. Keep in mind that the better prepared you are for class every day, the more likely you are to succeed every day. Many assignments are followed by open-note quizzes to check your understanding, so having an assignment completed really helps.  
  4. Homework assignments are usually formative assessments; they are scored and recorded but, unless they are part of a graded, summative assessment, they do not have a direct effect on your course grade. However, the practice, information, or reinforcement you gain from such activities will help you understand the concepts and show your mastery of standards, which will have a direct effect on your grade. And, if you wish to resubmit a summative assessment or retake a unit test, you’ll need to show that all formative assessments (including homework) has been completed.

Bottom line: The easiest way to succeed in this class is complete all work on time.

►Late Work

You should make every effort to complete work on time. Timely completion of work allows all of us to be prepared for the day's activities, and it helps build a valuable work habit. However, unforeseen circumstances can get in the way of even the best intentions. For this reason, late work is accepted, but it will be recorded as late. Those who develop a habit of turning in late work will be assigned attendance at working lunches.

►Working Lunches

As the name implies, working lunches take place at lunchtime and they are devoted to work – your work.

There are two basic types of students at working lunches:

Drop-ins: You are always welcome (and encouraged) to drop in for extra help, additional work time, make up for work missed for absences or tardies, or to show your efforts at learning before resubmitting a graded assessment.

Assigned: At times, you may be assigned to attend a working lunch. Although you are required to attend these, their purpose is the same; to help you learn. This may be because you have shown a pattern of missed formative assessments, or you’ve missed a recent summative (graded) assessment deadline.

NOTE: Students who miss the assigned deadline for any summative assessment must attend each available working lunch until the assessment has been turned in. That means if a summative assessment is due on Tuesday and you don't turn it in, you need to come to lunch on Wednesday. If that isn't enough to complete it, you'll need to come in Thursday, too. And Friday, if necessary.

Either way, come prepared to work through lunch. Bring your lunch (the only time you are allowed to eat in class!) and be prepared to work the entire time. (If you get lunch from the lunch line, show the cashier your note to move to the front of the line.)