Moms, Dads, Guardians
I offer extra help to any interested
students (or uninterested students with
interested parents) every Tuesday
after school until 4:30 or Thursday until 4:00.
You might also want to check the Homework Page to learn more about what
Grading System - I grade on a total point
system, using the following guidelines:
Grades are calculated by dividing a student's total points accumulated
by the total points possible.
Homework 5-10 points (completion is more important than accuracy)
Quizzes 10-25 points
Projects 50-100 points (generally one per quarter)
Major tests 100 points
I generally give some homework every class
period. However, it should not take most students more than 15 to 20 minutes
to complete. Look at your child's homework often and discuss it with him
or her. Ask to have it explained to you (this works well in any subject).
Please feel free to e-mail me with any concerns.
- There are four criteria used to determine if a student will take Algebra
in the 8th grade. They are as follows:
My personal opinion is that a child should not
take algebra until he or she has developed the ability to think abstractly.
This is not something that can be taught. Some children reach this level
of thinking sooner than others, but it certainly does not indicate that
they will perform better than those who develop at a slower rate. My favorite
comparison is that if Baby Betty begins to walk later than Baby Bob, it
does not mean that she will not walk as well as Bob. Please keep this in
mind throughout the school year.
6th grade TAAS score in math
Grade average for the first three quarters in the 7th grade
Score on Iowa Algebra Aptitude Test (administered in May of the 7th grade
Teacher recommendation (based on completion and quality of work, focus
in class, and homework habits)
If it is very important to you for your child
to take Algebra in the 8th grade, the best thing you can do is to help
him or her succeed from the beginning of the 7th grade. Too many parents
hope that a noted improvement in a child's work in the fourth quarter should
be enough. It is not.