(Frequently Asked Questions)
Do you have a question? Email me, and if of concern to many, it will be posted here.
Why can't I chew gum, drink my soda, or eat food in class?
First ask yourself why we are almost the only class in this school without an ant infestation or mouse problem. Take away the crumbs that fall on the carpet, and there are no ants. Take away the leftover food that goes in the trash cans, and there are no mice.
Now ask yourself why the desk tops are not sticky. Soda spills, and the sugar creates a sticky mess on both the desk and carpet. Here comes those ants again. ALSO, the amount of sugar and caffeine in these drinks makes it impossible to control physical and mental activities.
Gum, the wad of goo that gets stuck under the desk and seat. Other students complain that they don't want to sit in a desk, knowing that their clothing will touch the gum under the desktop. Students complain when they have gum scrape because of all the gum they find under the desks--and they get this punishment because they continue to chew gum after throwing away their current piece!
I am having trouble finding out my student's grade, and which homework he may be missing or need to re-do.
First ask your student for his school ID# and which period he is in (or ask me via email/phone call). When you go to the web site, go to current grades, then click on the period he is in. You will then need to scroll down until you find his ID number. You will see each piece of work he has turned in and the grade he had received for it. At the top of the page is his overall grade. Any work with an X means it is excused, AB he was absent (and the work needs to be made up), M is missing (and needs to be made up). Also, any work that he received a D or F can be done as a re-do, and the page will be listed.
Why does a parent need to sign my classroom progress report? I'm not in grade school....
At this stage of your educational career, more parents than ever have no idea what their student is learning, if they are doing the assignments, and/or how well they are doing the assignments until the school sends home information (5-week, 10-week, 15-week progress reports, then the semester report card). By signing my classroom progress report, your parents have immediate feedback as to how you are doing, as well as highlighted pages that you can do in your textbook to bring up your grade.
I need extra help. When are you in your classroom?
I usually arrive at 7:30 each day. The room will be open for tutorial from 8:10-8:25. Please speak to me a day or two ahead of time if you need to come in earlier.
I was absent. Do I have to make up the missing work?
Absolutely! The work goes into the gradebook as ABA--absent the day it was assigned--or ABD--absent the day it was due--(both are zero grades). You have until the period after you receive the work to get it in without a penalty, otherwise it changes to Missing (which is still a zero grade). Once the missing work comes in, there is a penalty of 2 points.
My grades are dropping. How can I raise them?
Check to see if there is a re-do at the bottom of your grade page. Look in the textbook for that page, do the work, and turn it in. If you earn at least 70% on the re-do, your grade for that work will raise to 70%.
Can I re-do the warm up?
You cannot re-do the daily warm up. This is to see how much you retained (learned) from the last lesson.
Is there homework every night?
There is homework with EVERY lesson. There is no homework on days of a test.
I got a poor grade on my homework/test. What can I do to raise my grade?
The best thing you can do is study better, but see the teacher for the alternative homework/test page (usually in the textbook that you have at home). This can be turned in at any time, until about a week before grades.
I have an IPOD--why can't I listen to it in class?
There is no reason to add more reasons why a student does not understand a lesson.