• 2018 (Revised) Tularcitos Homework Philosophy

    Designing meaningful, valuable schoolwork, and thus homework, to meet the needs of the classroom’s diverse student population is a complex task. While schoolwork and homework take time for teachers to create and review, time for students to complete, and time at home for families to support its completion, we believe it is a valuable tool in a child’s education. Because of this, we are committed to providing quality schoolwork and homework assignments that are designed to accomplish the following:

    We believe all student work, whether completed in class or at home, should:

    • Enhance a student’s depth of understanding while developing and refining intellectual skills
    • Increase a student’s confidence in learning and build his/her identity as a successful learner
    • Build a student’s sense of responsibility and self-reliance and develop independent learners
    • Foster positive attitudes toward learning and be a connection between home and school

    In order to accomplish this, the teacher’s responsibility is to:

    • Thoughtfully choose assignments that are meaningful and minimal
    • Make sure there is an appropriate amount of practice that students can complete independently and build mastery of the subject matter
    • Communicate what needs to be completed at home
    • Offer some student choice and differentiation
    • Follow up with a student when they show a lack of understanding
    • Keep weekends and vacations free from homework
    • Ensure student responsibility increases slightly every year so that students are prepared for what will be expected from them in middle school At the primary levels (k-2)
    • Provide nightly reading each weekday
    • Provide optional activities or assignments that students can do at home with their parents so parents stay informed of what is being learned in the classroom and have an idea of their child’s understanding of the content. At the intermediate levels (3-5)
    • Provide nightly reading each weekday
    • Require students to finish assignments they do not complete in class at home (we will provide the amount of practice we feel students need to develop proficiency in class as well as provide time to do that work)
    • Provide regular math fact practice until students show mastery
    • Provide students who need it with additional practice to be completed at home
    • Provide students with optional work that could be completed at home for more practice if desired

    The student’s responsibility is to:

    • Read every night
    • Put forth full effort on every assignment
    • Bring any homework to and from school at the appropriate times
    • Seek help if he/she has questions At the intermediate level students are also expected to:
    • Record the homework in a binder or calendar
    • Write a note to the teacher with a parent signature explaining why they could not complete a certain homework assignment as well as their plan to complete the assignment at a later time

    The parent’s responsibility is to:

    • Engage in conversation with your child around what is being learned each day
    • Provide an environment where your student can work on the homework
    • Help your child determine a schedule for the week of when homework will be completed
    • Engage in homework activities with your child at the primary levels
    • Monitor your child’s homework to ensure they are giving their best effort
    • Communicate with your child’s teacher about how the homework is going
    Mr. Bonynge's Homework Specifics:
     Homework assignments are posted daily on our classroom calendar. A typical night of homework might include finishing a math assignment, a writing assignment, reading, and studying for upcoming tests and quizzes.
    Normally homework is not assigned to be completed over weekends, official breaks, and holidays. However, long-term projects may span breaks and multiple weekends.
    Student scores are updated periodically online and paper copies of their Progress Reports are printed monthly. I ask that parents sign and return the Progress Reports when they come home so that there will be no surprises at conference time.
    Redo Policy:
    Students are allowed to redo tests and quizzes to demonstrate mastery of standards. Students who would like to improve a score on a graded item need to fill out a RedoRequest. Items that are redone will be marked with an asterisk on their Progress Report and a comment will be noted on their Report Card.
    Keeping an organized binder is key to school success. Students will be provided planners, binders, notebooks, and dividers at the beginning of the year. Students are taught how to set-up their binder in an organized way and will be expected to maintain it throughout the year. Students may be issued a "Fix It Ticket" if their binder becomes unorganized during the year.
    In an effort to encourage students to become proficient and advanced readers students are required to earn twenty (20) Accelerated Reader points per trimester or roughly two (2) Accelerated Reader points per week.  Nearly every book in our school library as well as my classroom library have an AR quiz that goes with it. When students finish reading a book and take the quiz they earn points based on their percent correct. Students are graded on points collected as well as average percent correct and average book level read. Students can see if their book has an Accelerated Reader quiz here.
    Students are normally assigned a morning math review page as well as independent practice for the day's lesson. Check the calendar for specifics. Students can also take home their Accelerated Math folder for extra practice.
     Check the calendar to see what list is coming up this week or next. The spelling words are on Spelling City. Each student has their own login to access their list.
    Expect a vocabulary quiz every other Friday. These words will have a prefix, suffix, or root in common. Students may use Quizlet.com to help them study for their quizzes on Friday.
    Students are required to write a minimum of 65, 75, or 85 words in their morning journal depending on the trimester. If this isn't completed in class then it needs to be finished for homework. Students also will have periodic paragraph and essay writing assignments.
    Science and Social Studies:
    Students attend their science lab once a week and will have material to study from that class. Students have weekly assignments to complete in their Science IT books as well. Social Studies is taught in class. Check the calendar for upcoming tests and project due dates.