We have made tremendous improvements since the beginning of the school year. Ms. Angala's students are working very hard to overcome their challenges in academic skills. Our goal is for ALL my students to score PROFICIENT, if not advanced, in the DC CAS in spring.
I need your help to achieve this goal. Please work with your child at home everynight. I believe that all children, especially those with learning problems, can profit from thoughtful homework assignments and that they should be given such assignments regularly.
Here are some practical guidelines and concrete ways parents can support their children, so they can meet their responsibilities for homework.
Homework Guidelines for Parents
There are many possible variations in the ways parents can provide positive support for their children in the area of homework. Perhaps the most important things to do are these:
1. Create a positive climate to support homework completion.
2. Observe carefully before deciding what the problems are or what help is needed.
3. Work with the child to identify the "weak links" in the "homework chain."
4. Understand the kinds of difficulties the child is having when he is doing homework.
5. Communicate difficulties as specifically and clearly as possible to teachers.
6. Develop a "team" approach to homework difficulties whenever possible, where teacher, child, and parent have defined roles and responsibilities.
7. Develop strategies to address the specific difficulties the child is having.
8. Don't do for the child what he can do for himself.
9. Model good work habits. Read or do desk work while your child is doing homework so that you are "modeling," not just "monitoring."
10. Seek help from teachers or counselors if homework develops into a battleground.
HOMEWORK in Ms. Angala's class:
Ms. Angala's students can now do their homework online here, click on "Progress Zone" (yellow button on the right), and type the log in codes that I will be emailing you or I will give to your child.
Please do not forget to type in your child's first name and last initial so I know that he/she did the homework for the week. Completion of all 5 prompts means plus 5 points to the Capital Gains points; consequently no homework means no points, therefore less money in the check.
If you do not have a computer at home, please visit your nearest Public Library. Students may write the answers in their Jefferson Agenda Book also.