The Ririe Report
Homework: Students will turn in their homework every Friday (unless otherwise posted). That applies to both paper and online homework. Some of them have come to me on Friday and tried to give a variety of reasons for not having the homework. It doesn't work. I often remind them that Friday morning is not the best time to come tell me that they had trouble logging in. Remember, I allow them to work on their homework in class during Soft Start.
Classwork: I am very generous with the time allotted, especially when I see that a student is really focused and trying. I have a "Finish" folder (hangs on one of the cabinets) where students put their unfinished work. They are welcome to come in during Soft Start to finish. Many students do not take advantage of this extra time . After several days, and reminders, I have to grade what they have on the paper - finished or not.
Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember, and juggle multiple tasks. Throughout the year the students will work on working memory, mental flexibility, and developing self control.
My students are familiar with my THINK-PLAN-ACT statement. I use it every day.
THINK: Think about what you need to do
PLAN: Visualize how you are going to accomplish that task, whether it's a project, or just getting ready to pack and go home.
ACT: Stay focused on the task and do not get distracted, don't stop to talk to other people or play around. You should accomplish the task before you do anything else.