Schedule and Policies
We use Class Dojo as the primary form of classroom management. When a student is on task, helping others, or displaying good behavior they may be rewarded with a point. However, if a student continues to be off task or disruptive after receiving multiple warnings, they may lose a point. When a student gets to a certain number of points, he or she may choose a reward corresponding with that point value. If there is a pattern of lost points for specific behaviors, the student’s parent will be contacted. There is also a class reward that can be chosen when the class as a whole reaches a certain point value.
Homework is used as a way for students to prepare for what will be taught or to practice what they already learned. Since homework is most often for practice, some assignments may only be rewarded points for completion. Homework should be completed the night it is assigned. Late homework assignments will generally be deducted 10% for each day it is late. However, if there is a specific reason your child is unable to complete an assignment, please contact me.
Some tests may offer the opportunity for students to receive additional points. If a student wishes, he or she can complete test corrections. This is one way for students to continue learning the material even after the they are formally assessed. Corrections are to be done on a separate sheet of paper, having the question written out with the correct answer, along with the reasoning or explanation for why this answer is correct. For each question corrected, the students may receive up to half-credit back.
There is a variety of differentiation techniques built into the lessons to ensure all students’ needs are met. As for independent enrichment, students may be provided with enrichment packets at the start of a chapter. This includes additional activities that are a bit more challenging. The packets are for students who want to get more practice or have an extra challenge. As the year goes on, there will be more opportunities for differentiation as I get to know the students better and become aware of their individual needs.
There are many things that can be done at home to support what is done in the classroom. Having students discuss what they learned in class will help them recall learned material. Also, when a student can put ideas into their own words, it shows a higher level of understanding. Have your student explain the characters, setting, and plot of a book they are reading. Encourage them to use colorful vocabulary. Have them play math games to practice their multiplication and division. Have them write a story and go through the writing process. Play games testing state locations and capitals. These are just a few ideas of what to do at home regularly. However, I can always offer more specific suggestions based on what exact material is covered at a particular point in time.