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FAQ

Tefel Hall

Can I see your syllabus?

Of course. Here is the Syllabus.

You should also check out the Lessons page of my website. It's basically a list of all the lessons we're planning to do this year. Lessons marked with a red star () have already been assigned.

Do you assign homework?

Yes, I assign about 30 minutes of homework, 5 days per week.

With few exceptions, the homework is always the same:

How can I verify that my child has done the homework?

Typing

To verify that your child has done the typing homework, you'll need to login to Typing Club. You can ask your child to share their password, or you can ask me to send it to you.

Once you've logged in, click on "Stats". If your child has not logged in for more than a week, your child is probably not doing the typing homework.

Reading

Students are expected to keep a Reading Log. To verify that your child is keeping up with the daily reading, simply ask to see their reading log.

Classwork

To see if your child is all caught up with their classwork, you'll need to login to their Quia account. You can ask your child to share their password, or you can ask me to send it to you.

On the Quia homepage, you'll see a list of all the lessons that your child has completed. The list is in reverse chronological order (with the most recent lessons on top).

Now compare that list with the list of lessons on the Lessons page of my website. Lessons marked with a red star () have already been assigned.

Many lessons include a writing assignment. All writing assignments should be in your child's writing portfolio. If your child refuses to show you their portfolio, contact me and I can send you a link.

How can I see my child's grades?

I post grades on Synergy and I update them every weekend. The grade I post on Synergy is the student's overall grade. To see grades for individual assignments, check your child's Quia homepage. (See Classwork, above).

If you don't know how to check your child's grade on Synergy, please contact me.

Do you give extra credit work?

Yes, students have many opportunities to earn extra credit throughout the year. Some of the extra-credit projects are challenging. (For example, build a website).

But students can also earn extra credit simply by reading more and writing more than the minimum requirements for each assignment.

How can I help my child raise their grade in your class?

If your child is starting to fall behind, I recommend the following:

The points they earn from doing the extra reading and writing will steadily raise their grade. This is usually a simpler strategy than trying to make up a lot of missing assignments.

Do you accept late work?

Yes, I accept late work until the last week of the trimester.

Can you recommend some books for my child?

Yes. Here is SFUSD's Recommended Reading List.