Homework Policy and Guidelines


Homework may be assigned Monday through Friday. Homework is posted on this website as well as the whiteboard in our classroom. It is your child's responsibility to write down assignments each day in their agenda. Homework in my class is always checked and corrected! Students will either receive a "check", partial score, or a zero. We correct the homework together in class and discuss problems if needed. It is your child's responsibility to make these corrections. If a child gets more than 30% of the problems incorrect, they should stay for extra help during the week.

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Homework - Week of June 8, 2015






Homework Guidelines
  • Homework is viewed as a very important factor in your child’s education.
  • Homework provides important academic benefits.
    • Better retention of factual knowledge
    • Increased understanding
    • Improved critical thinking
  • Seventh grade students should spend approximately 1.5 hours per night on homework. Though teachers make every effort to balance assignments, there will be occasions when the estimated homework time is exceeded. If your child sees a problem developing with any long-term project, he/she should speak to the teacher several days before the due date.
  • Student Responsibility
    • Students are responsible for recording all assignments, completing them on time, and turning them into the teacher. Part of doing your homework is bringing it to class. No late or forgotten homework will be accepted.
  • Parent Responsibility
    • Parents are responsible for providing a good work environment-a desk, good lighting, a quiet space, etc. Parents should show an active interest in their child’s schoolwork, but in a way that fosters the child’s independence. The child’s work should always be his/her own.
Mathematics Homework requirements.
  • Use standard paper, with no "fringe" running down the side as a result of the paper’s having been torn out of a spiral notebook.
  • Write your name and class number clearly at the top of at least the first page, along with the assignment number, the section number(s), or the page number(s). If you are not stapling or paper-clipping the pages together, then put your name or initials on all the pages.
  • Do your work in pencil, with mistakes cleanly erased, not crossed or scratched out.
  • Clearly indicate the number of the exercise you are doing. If you accidentally do a problem out of order, or separate part of the problem from the rest, then include a note to the grader, referring the grader to the missed problem or work.
  • Write out the problems (except in the case of word problems, which are too long).
  • Write legibly (suitably large and suitably dark); if the grader can't read your answer, it's wrong.
  • Do "scratch work," but do it on scratch paper; hand in only the "final draft." Show your steps, but any work that is scribbled in the margins belongs on scratch paper, not on your homework.
  • Show your work. This means showing your steps, not just copying the question from the assignment, and then the answer from the back of the book. Show everything in between the question and the answer. Use complete English sentences if the meaning of the mathematical sentences is not otherwise clear. For your work to be complete, you need to explain your reasoning and make your computations clear.
  • For tables and graphs, use a ruler to draw the straight lines, and clearly label the axes, the scale, and the points of interest. Use a consistent scale on the axes, and do a T-chart, unless instructed otherwise. Also, make your table or graph large enough to be clear. If you can fit more than three or four graphs on one side of a sheet of paper, then you're drawing them too small.
  • If the problem is of the "Explain" or "Write in your own words" type, then copying the answer from the back of the book, or the definition from the chapter, is unacceptable. Write the answer in your words, not the text's.
  • Remember to put your final answer at the end of your work, and mark it clearly by circling it. Label your answer appropriately; if the question asks for measured units, make sure to put appropriate units on the answer.. If the question is a word problem, the answer should be in words.
In general, write your homework as though you're trying to convince someone that you know what you're talking about.
If you develop good habits while working on the homework, you will generally perform better on the tests.

Attendance is extremely important. If absence is unavoidable the students will have the same number of days to make up the work as the number of days absent. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain the missed assignments. They may check with me before school, after-school, check the website, or ask a friend. If you have questions about this or any other assignment please email me at tcorcoran@haverhill-ps.org

Throughout the year, students will be given Portfolio Problems. These problems are designed to challenge the students and take their problem-solving to a higher level. Portfolio problems will be stored in a folder in the classroom.