As a teacher with 31 years of experience in rural schools, I must take exception to the idea of giving students a "no homework" pass if they order $20 worth of Scholastic books. Grades are NOT dependent on whether a student can afford to purchase item--they are dependent of students' effort and perseverance. In today's economy, most students (and many teachers!!) cannot afford to subsidize a classrooom library, and should not be penalized for not doing so.
PLEASE consider removing tip#8--it is offensive and unrealistic.
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