Our ultimate goal as teachers is to help prepare you for the challenges that you will face in your life. There are several keys to success at Destinations, and practising these skills will better prepare you for the future. Explore the links below to find out more.
1. Find a way to keep track of your homework. For some this is using an agenda. For others they use calendar features in their electronic device, and even go so far as to set alarms as reminders to help make sure they remember important items. Whichever method you choose, you need to be able to update it in every class (so have it with you), and you need to check it every night at home when working on your homework.
2. Reference your schedule and 5-day cycle calendar every night before school. When you get home, look at your schedule to remember what classes you had today. Was anything assigned? It is much better to start the day it is assigned (when you still remember the instructions), then to wait until the night before when you can’t ask the teacher the questions that you may have. After looking through what you did today, go to the HPEDSB school year calendar (also found under the links tab on this site) and your schedule to check what day of the cycle and what classes you will have tomorrow. What do you need to be prepared for these classes? Do you have any assignments due in tomorrow?
3. Pack your bag the night before. After completing all this work, pack it up and put it in your bag. This helps make sure that you won’t forget anything in the morning when you are likely in a rush. Setting out your instrument and phys ed clothes can be helpful too.
4. Check Google Classroom regularly. You can’t store everything in your head. Remembering details in your assignment makes a big difference in the quality of work you produce and the resulting mark. This means that referencing notes and links in Google Classroom is key to producing high quality work. Referencing the assignment details and the rubrics is also key, since this would enable you to achieve all of the criteria. Simply reading through all of the Google Classroom resources on a regular basis can help any student stay on top of their work and keep informed about course content.
5. Proofread your work. While you are working on an assignment you should be referencing the rubric to make sure that your assignment is going to meet the criteria. When you do a final read through of your work you should be checking it against the rubric again. If you were the teacher, what level would you give this work? Is there anything that you can do to bump up your work before you hand it in?
6. Organize your class materials. Whether you put everything that you need for every class in one binder, or whether you have several binders, a pencil case, and a list in your locker to help you remember that you need a calculator for math, etc., you need some method of making sure that you are always prepared for class.
How can parents help?
1. Assist your child in setting up a routine for homework that allows them to accomplish the tips listed above, but still fits into the activities in your household. When they first get started, they might need your help to prompt them to check Google Classroom and their schedule, work on their upcoming assignments instead of just the last minute ones, and pack their bag the night before. The goal is to establish these routines as habits within a few months.
2. Discuss assignments with your child to help model thinking. If they have trouble explaining the assignment to you, that is a sign that they really need to reference the assignment instructions again. Guide the discussion from what they are planning on doing to how that will meet the assignment criteria (rubric). If your child asks you to proofread, ask for the rubric, and together check to see how well the current work meets the criteria. Try your best to give your feedback in the form of questions that get the student to think about whether or not a certain section is as strong as it could be. Some examples might be: “Could you explain why you have this opinion? I understand what your opinion is, but I’m still a little unclear about why you came to this conclusion.” “I think there may be a few incomplete sentences. Do you see any?” “I can’t see this requirement of the assignment in your work. Can you point it out for me?” This helps the students think through the steps on their own, and improve their work themselves.
3. If your child seems to be having difficulty with his/her work, encourage them to become a self-advocate. They could approach their teacher to ask questions during class or break times, they could email the teacher, or they could set up with their teacher a signal system for when they are having difficulty. If your child seems uncomfortable with this, you could email his/her teacher to help get a system for assistance set up if it is not already in place.
What can teachers do?
1. We monitor students’ progress in our classes and encourage them to become self-advocates if they experience any difficulty.
2. We provide programming that will reach students’ different learning styles, and we offer choices that will engage students in their learning.
3. We are available for one-on-one assistance when needed.
4. We will contact home whenever we have concerns or to provide an update on a student’s progress.
- unfinished class work
- review questions for a unit (posted on Google Classroom with an answer key)
- review of upcoming lesson material (posted on Google Classroom)
- review of material covered in class (found on Google Classroom and in your notes)
- long term project work
Homework allows you to:
- Practise something you have already learned
- Apply something you have already learned to a new situation
- Check whether you understand something you have already learned, or pull together several things you have learned for a deeper understanding
- Reflect on your learning
- Learn new information that will appear in upcoming lessons
- Review for a performance task or assessment
Completing work on time is a skill that will help you be successful in life. You need to get work done on time to be successful in a future career; you even need the simple skill of paying your bills on time. In Destinations you will need to stay on top of your assignments otherwise you will feel overwhelmed with the combination of current work and late work.
To help students develop the ability to organize their time and be responsible for their work, we have developed the following late work guidelines for Destinations:
1. Ideally, all students should hand in their work on the assigned due date, the exception being students who have arranged another due date in advance due to personal concerns.
2. If a student does not have their work on the due date they will have until the next day to hand it in late (i.e., bring it in if they forgot it at home).
3. If by the next day they have not brought in their work, the teacher will give them a library pass to complete their work at lunch. Sometimes it will not be possible for teachers to arrange this the very next day, but this will take place within one week after the assignment is due.
4. Students who are still having difficulty completing their work in a timely manner will receive parent contact.
5. Repeated concerns will receive parent contact.
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