What if I can't help my child on homework?
Please don't feel that you are not good in math....it's just our math curriculum is set up differently than when you and I learned math. We now have discussions about a concept that is launched within a story or situation. Many times if you do not hear the story that goes along with the lesson, you will not understand how to help your child. I tell parents actually to NOT help their child on their homework on the first attempt. Let them make mistakes. Mistakes are OK!! They will learn from their mistakes, fix their mistakes and can still earn 100% on their homework assignments. Back to Top
If you don't want us to help our child on new homework papers, how can we help them?
I do not want you to help on their 1st ATTEMPT, however please help them review papers that have already been graded and marked 100%. See if they can retry those problems 2-3 days after we discussed them in class. If they cannot get the correct answer 2-3 days later, have them come to me AI or before school for help.My tests are created right from the homework assignments. You can create practice tests for your child and use their graded homework assignments as an answer key.Back to Top
Why is the homework worth only about 20% of the overall grade?
I let students fix all mistakes on most homework papers. Even if they miss 14 problems for example, I will help them find the mistakes (or they can try to find their own mistakes) and when they fix the mistakes and turn it back into me the next day...they get 100%I look at homework as a learning experience..I don't want them to stress about getting problems wrong when they are exposed to a concept the first time. I want the student to try their best, attempt EVERY problem, and learn from their mistakes. Since they can get 100% on every homework paper (after fixing mistakes), I only make homework 20% of their final grade.Homework may not be worth much as a percentage, but it is CRUCIAL to doing well on my tests!! IF YOUR CHILD DOES NOT DO THEIR HOMEWORK, THEY WILL NOT DO WELL ON TESTS!!!Back to Top
Why are tests and quizzes worth 80% ?
I explained why homework was worth so little in terms of the overall grade(they should get 100% homework grade). The remaining percent has to come from the tests and quizzes. I NEVER test a student on material that I didn't teach them, that they didn't try on homework, or that hasn't been discussed in class!! I have been known to actually put the EXACT same homework question(s) on the test. If it is not the exact same....it will be very,very,very,very,very,very similar to the homework questions. If they try homework,fix mistakes made on homework, and retry those problems 2-3 days after grading to make sure they understand the homework, THEY SHOULD DO VERY WELL ON TESTS.Back to Top