FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions
How am I graded? I base your grade on the work you do and the thinking you demonstrate. I use a scoring rubric to measure your mastery of the skills you are learning. Your grade is based on the points you earn.
Will I have to do a lot of work at home? Generally, no. Most nights you'll just have independent reading. This independent reading is an ongoing homework assignment, even if I've written "none" on the board. You'll also have nights when you are required to view or listen to podcasts and take notes, or work on drafts of your writing.
What if I miss class, how will I know what we did? Fortunately, there are a number of ways to find out what did in class. You can visit homework onlinecontact a friend who is on our team,  or even send me an email.  Since you have access to so many resources, I do expect you to use them.
Do you accept late work? I expect work to be turned in on the day it is due. However, sometimes life happens. I'll address that on an individual basis.
Will you take points off for late work? No, but then again, I don't expect you to turn work in late. smile emoji
What if I'm absent? Unless you are absent for an extended period of time, you know when work is due, and your responsibility for completing it doesn't change. If you're absent on the day an assignment is due, the work needs to come in when you do.
Do you give extra credit?  Some assignments have an opportunity to earn extra credit built right in,.  Since I allow students to correct mistakes, I don't give any other extra credit assignments.
How can I bring up my grade? Everybody makes mistakes. If you want to make corrections, or finish an assignment that is overdue, it's up to you to complete the work at home and then attend help class. We'll go over the work together so you can be sure you've met the requirements before turning it in for full credit. 
When do you stay after? My help hours are listed at the bottom of this page and on my homepage. If staying on this day is difficult for you, please see me and we can arrange to meet at another time.
Does this count? (A question sometimes asked in class) While not everything you do will be graded, everything we do influences the grade you earn, so yes, everything counts.
What's my grade? Fortunately, you don't have to ask this question anymore! You can use PowerSchool to check your average.  If you make this a habit, you'll always know your grade.

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My Mission Statement
It is my goal to create a safe and collaborative learning environment where students can think critically and creatively, explore original ideas and take academic risks.



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