Who is responsible for student learning? This question can spark a pretty big debate, but to me it's pretty simple. We all are. I am responsible for prepping and teaching the material, for providing time to get started, and being available for students who need help. I am also responsible for communicating assignments and due dates to students and parents. Students are responsible for using their time in class wisely to ask questions and complete work when they are given the time to do so. They are also responsible for completing their assignment book daily and finishing all work in a timely manner. Parents are responsible for checking in with their child and the teacher to see that things work is being brought home and completed according to the assignment book. It's a team effort. As parents and teachers, we can't work harder than our kids. They need to be taught what their responsibility is for their own learning. This can come in the form of some hard lessons, but these lessons are better learned sooner than later.
With that said, students were given a half an hour yesterday to complete a study guide for SS using their book and notes. If they didn't get it done, they were told it is homework. Every day the students have 15 minutes upon arrival to answer the question of the day, make their lunch choice, and catch up any unfinished work. Today I had 14 of my 20 students in attendance with incomplete SS homework. Those who had done their job were rewarded with free choice time, others were given time to do what should have been done yesterday after a brief lecture on academic responsibility. These students will also see a reduction in their grade.
I'm Dawn Howe and I will be sharing important reminders and insights from our 5th grade classroom with you right here! This is a great place to read about what's going on in our classroom and our school. Use this info to jumpstart conversation with your kiddos who may be unlikely to share otherwise,