- I believe that homework is an important supplement to student learning.
For the ESOL student, it is important to:
(1) Model the assignment and grading expectations
of a mainstream classroom.
(2) Establish and reinforce good self-discipline.
(3) Explicitly teach students how to keep track of assignments and monitor
their own learning, recognizing the need for extra practice when necessary.
(4) Teach and improve study skills.
(5) Assign work that aids the student in the review, mastery, and application
of language/concept skills being taught.
(6) Enable students to develop the ability to work independently, utilizing
learning strategies to tackle problems on their own.
(7) Provide a link between parents, teachers, and students.
- Grading must be fair and consistent, although special considerations can be made if a student shows effort
and/or has circumstances that prevent him from following the class assignment schedule (i.e. family circumstances, learning
- My homework and grading policies are ones that teach responsibility:
Assignments are due on the date for which they are assigned (if a student has a conflict with the
due date, he or she may come to be before-hand to discuss alternatives).
Late assignments will be accepted up to 3 days after the due date for up to 80% credit. After 3
days, the assignment will only be worth up to 65%. It is the student’s
responsibility to submit their assignment in the late drop-box. I will NOT remind
students that they are missing assignments.
A missing assignment will result in a grade of 50% entered into the gradebook. I do not believe that giving a 0% is fair since, according to the grading scale where 50%=failing, a 0%
would be penalizing the student with less than a failing grade.