Like learning to play a musical instrument or becoming a successful athelete, practice is an important part of learning math. Students need practice to build strong skills that they can rely on as the math becomes more challenging. Completing practice is important even if the assignments aren’t finished by the due date. To encourage students to practice the concepts they are learning, I make it a policy to give almost full credit when they complete a missing assignment.

When students complete missing work they fill out a late assignment slip. If the missing assignment is one or more sets of problems in the math book they fill out the slip and turn it in with the math book. Students in periods 4, 5, and 6 should bring me their book at the start of the day so that I have time to check their work before class begins. If the late work is a practice page handout students will turn it in when they turn in the late work slip.