Kindergarteners: From August until December, students are allowed to respond in English but encouraged to respond in the TL. From January until the end of the year, more emphasis is placed on responding in the TL. Developing listening comprehension is the primary goal for Kindergarten. However, by the end of the year, the children are encouraged and expected to begin responding in the target language.
Teachers: The lesson content and all interaction will be taught 100% in the target language (TL*). Teachers will use a combination of English and the TL during the first few days of staggered entrance. After that time, the teacher will use a variety of strategies to insure that the students understand and learn the concepts and vocabulary. At least 60-min. per day in teaching TLA (Target Language Arts...insert Spanish, Mandarin or French for Target)
First Graders: From August until December, the teacher accepts the answers to be given in English if it is new material. If the material is known, using the TL is a must! From January until the end of the year, the students will RESPOND in the TL.
Teachers: The lesson content and all interaction will be taught 100% in the TL. 75-min. per day in teaching of TLA.
Second Graders: Students are expected to RESPOND in the TL.
Teachers: The lesson content and all interaction will be taught 100% in the TL.
75-min. per day in teaching of TLA.
3rd - 5th Grade
Third - Fifth Graders: The target language is used EXCLUSIVELY by the teachers and students.
Teachers: The lesson content and all interaction will be taught 100% in the TL. 75-min per day in teaching of TL.
BR FLAIM Homework Philosophy
Homework is an integral part of the educational process. In addition to reinforcing specific subjects in the classroom curriculum, homework can and should be used to:
- Develop responsibility and good study habits
- Encourage growth of the individual student to his/her full potential
- Enhance communication skills
- Apply knowledge to real-life situations in a meaningful way
- Logically connect or challenge facts and ideas
- Provide each student an opportunity to develop independent judgment
- Think critically and problem solve
The assignment of homework serves several purposes. It provides opportunities for students to reinforce and practice newly acquired skills or apply recent learning to real-life situations.
Homework may also consist of assignments that help students prepare for class participation. Extended homework assignments provide students the opportunity to apply time management and organizations skills in order to monitor and complete within the allotted time frame.
Equally important, and often overlooked, is the fact that homework is an exercise in developing responsibility and good study habits. These are skills that are essential for success in school as well as later in life. Accepting the responsibilities related to homework means the student will independently take direction, manage time and complete the work to the best of his/her ability.
Homework assignments will be given Monday – Thursday nights. It should have a definite purpose and should be an extension of skills being taught in the classroom. Homework should vary according to grade level and the students’ attention span. The following parameters have been established as general guidelines to the time spent per day:
- K – 1st: 10-30 minutes
- 2nd – 3rd: 30-40 minutes
- 4th – 5th: 40-50 minutes
Homework is the primary responsibility of the child. Parents should check nightly to see that homework is completed neatly and is legible.
- To assign homework which is an integral part of the instructional program to reinforce student understanding and mastery of skills being taught.
- To make assignments clear and assist with translations as necessary.
- To check homework daily and return to students with appropriate comments or marks.
- To recognize and reward students who successfully and consistently complete homework assignments.
- To inform parents when a student fails to complete homework assignments.
- To record assignments and due dates before leaving class.
- To make sure assignments are understood and to ask questions to clarify any doubt regarding the assignment given.
- To take home all appropriate materials needed to fully complete assignments.
- To complete assignments accurately and neatly.
- To return completed homework to school on date due.
- To demonstrate that homework is a priority by creating a regular time a suitable quiet location for study.
- To insist that the child properly use and care for school books and resources.
- To allow the child to do his own work, being available as a consultant rather than an assistant.