Homework extends learning opportunities beyond the confines of the school day. Contrary to popular belief, the point of homework is not the points! The point of homework is the learning process. All assignments are due when requested by the teacher; thus, anything submitted after the time of the request is considered late and will be graded appropriately.
MAJOR ASSIGNMENTS - 1 - 5 days late: One letter grade lost per day late; more than 5 days late will result in zero credit.
MINOR ASSIGNMENTS - Half credit (50%) on the next day; more than one day late will result in zero credit.
**Homework will not be accepted if the student's name is missing from any assignment.
Most homework, if not all homework, will be out of ten points and assessed on the following criteria:
A 10-9 Exceptional effort is unmistakably evident and the handwriting is written neatly. Answers are thought-provoking and ideas are sophisticated. Assignment has minimal errors in mechanics.
B 9-8 Above average effort is put forth and the handwriting is written neatly. Answers are complete and ideas are specific and organized. Assignment has some mechanical errors.
C 8-7 Student put forth thoughtful and sincere effort. Handwriting is difficult to read. Answers are complete, however, ideas are sporadic and misconceptions are evident.
D 7-6 Student put forth inadequate effort. Handwriting is sloppy. Answers are incomplete and ideas are lacking focus and clarity.
F 6 and Below Student put forth insincere effort.
Study Buddy Information
Each student will be assigned a study buddy (which I will assign). Students are expected to be in contact with their study buddy when absent from school for whatever reason. The absolute worst time to ask Mr. Avella anything is during the five minutes before class begins. Especially the infamous "What did I miss?" will result in my response, "Everything!"
Nearby Partner/Shoulder Partner
Nearby Partner - Daily, I will ask students to pair up with their nearby partner (which I will assign) to discuss various topics and discussions during class. Partners will change during the semester.
Shoulder Partner - With the same idea in mind as nearby partners, students will be assigned a shoulder partner (which I will assign). This will most likely be a student sitting next to you. Again, partners will change during the semester.