I hope that everyone enjoyed the long weekend and had a chance to get outside to soak up some of that sunshine! Today was our first Tuesday as a new group of 6th graders, and with that came the groundwork for future successes as a community.
Something I spoke with the kids about today, and that I will be reiterating on come Open House, is that homework is going to be light at the beginning of the year. I am of a mind that homework, if I'm going to give it, should be purposeful and meaningful to the learning that we're doing in the classroom.
Now, there may come a time that your child is working on something for me or their math teacher, and has been working on it diligently for twenty, thirty, maybe even forty-five minutes, and they have gotten to that frustration point. We all know that point, and you as parents have a much better understanding of what it looks like for your child. I let everyone know that if they've been working on something for an extended period of time, given it their best efforts but still aren't close to finishing, they have my permission to just stop.
There is no homework assignment that is important enough to warrant ruining you and your children's evenings, or building a sense of not being "good enough" in a subject and growing to hate it.
So, if they ever hit that frustration point - just jot a note on the top of their paper or shoot me an email and they won't be penalized for having an incomplete assignment.
Hopefully we never see this happen, but it's always good to be prepared in case of anything, right?
Homework for Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
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