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Margaret Denn October 3, 2013 at 11:51 am
Homework should be assigned to reinforce a skill or concept already taught in class and shouldRead More provide just enough practice to commit the skill to long term memory. Parents should not be expected to turn into homework police in order to make sure homework is completed. Nor should parents resort to doing the homework themselves. That does nothing to help the student learn. I like a technique I learned from Dr. Caroll DeBower, my math professor at Pacific Lutheran University. He advocated teaching something new for a period of time, then testing to see who had reached mastery. Those who hadn't reached master received remediation until they learned the material. Those who had reached mastery were given enrichment activities while the remediation took place. Also, a child should be presented material at his/her development level, not expected to achieve above their level.
Marjorie Pacholec September 14, 2013 at 02:06 pm
Congratulations to the students who qualified for this prestigious scholarship. However, I do notRead More understand the rational of pulling names from the PSAT. This is supposed to be a practice exam to help prepare you for the actual SAT. Many parents I know were surprised by this selection. Eastlake HS told us it is not mandatory to take the exam. Families spend a lot of money prepping for the SAT and ACT exams. The selection process is poorly decided and eliminates students who would be in contention if everyone knew that the PTSA is what is used as a dividing factor. It needs to be explicitly explained to parents and students. Since so much weight is placed on a practice exam, why bother taking the SAT? Too many qualified students did not receive proper consideration. Bad information from school and poor information from NMSA has unjustly eliminated students and squed what the real list of qualified students should be.