Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement
Course Title: Secondary Math 1
Credit: 1.0 Math Core Credit
Grade Level: Grade 9, and 10
This course is an integrated math class which includes topics from Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics. This year will focus on linear and exponential problem solving, congruence In geometry, and descriptive 1-variable statistics. Students will learn to recognize linear and exponential situations and how those situations can be modeled mathematically. Class time will be used to learn these concepts and skills and will include group and individual work, classwork and homework assignments to provide for individual practice, quizzes, and/or tests, and some applications of Math theory.
Students are expected to be prepared and come to class on time each day. Students are expected to work on their class work each day. Electronic devices are not allowed to be out and/or used during school hours.
When a student finds them selves struggling with understanding or completing assignments on time, it is expected that they will work with the teacher during advisory time (this will be designated class time used to reteach material) and if necessary to come in before or after school to relearn material and work towards completing their assignments and getting back on track.
Final term grades will be based on the sum of small stakes items (2-5 per week worth 10 points each), medium stake items (1-2 per week worth 20-50 points), high stake items (usually 1 per week in the form of a Friday quiz worth 100 points) and term comprehensive exam ( 1 per term worth 200 points)
Students are expected to show their work, the process by which the arrived at the answer. Just writing down the correct answer may only get the student 10% of the points possible. Showing their work gives them the chance to earn the other 90%. Often times students may make a small error in their calculations and come up with the wrong answer. But if the teacher can see the process and path was headed in the correct direction, partial credit can be awarded.
Assessment of Progress
Students, teachers, and parents can monitor student progress on PowerSchool. Student understanding of each standard in the course will be assessed multiple times during each unit, and the student’s level of mastery will be determined by combining those assessments with priority on the most recent quiz or test. Summative assessment scores will be reported on PowerSchool. Accommodations for students with an IEP, 504, or ELL classification will be made on an individual basis. Alternative assessments may be used on a case by case basis, please contact me if you feel a differentiated form of assessment may be necessary.
Various small formative quizzes may take place during instruction, these will not be included in the grade and instead serve the purpose of allowing both the student and myself as the teacher, to know how they are progressing towards mastery of the standards. Daily starters and individual practice assignments also serve to inform the students about their progress. As a teacher I will use this information to decide if I need to reteach topics, but in many cases it will be the students responsibility to get help if they struggle on these types of assignments.
Students will need to achieve a level of minimal mastery of the standards/concepts taught in class in order to pass the term. Assessments (ie Quizzes) can receive an improved score by working through corrections (typically they can earn half of their lost points by reworking the problems correctly that they lost points on the first time around). To be successful students will need to demonstrate problem solving skills while paying attention to real-life meaning, using appropriate units, and precision. More specific details of success criteria will depend on the specific task, and will be posted in the classroom, and be available to parents if requested throughout the school year.
Calendar of Assessments
Quizzes are typically done each Friday. Term Final Exams usually happen in the last week of the term.
- Textbook will be used in the classroom, but they will not leave classroom. Each Student will be able to register for an on-line account that will make the textbook accessible electronically 24/7 for use outside of class. The new textbooks this year are Big Ideas Integrated Math.
- The only required material is a notebook and writing materials (pencil is greatly preferred)
Students have the right to learn in a safe and productive environment. No student has the right to take this right away from others. The following expectations are established to ensure these rights:
- Respect others.
- Be prepared for class.
- Be on task.
- Follow classroom procedures.
- Be a contributing member of your group.
- Follow technology expectations.
Students who choose not to follow classroom expectations will be reminded once. If the student continues behaving inappropriately, they will be referred to administration for a lunch detention. If the student continues behaving inappropriately after receiving a lunch detention, parents will be contacted, and he or she may be referred to administration for further discipline.
Water bottles are permitted in my classroom, but any drinks must have a sealable lid. This is a privilege that will be taken away if they become a distraction, or if any trash is not properly disposed.
The students will use chromebooks during class on a regular basis, accessing the internet through their school assigned email account. We expect students to adhere to the district Acceptable Use Policy (http://provo.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/ti-acceptusepol.pdf). Students who abuse technology will be reported and lose school-wide access to the devices according to policy.
Electronic devices (iPods, MP3 players, cell phones, etc.) are not allowed in class, except when used for instructional purposes at the teacher’s discretion. If students use these items inappropriately during class, they may be confiscated and given to school administration as per school policy. Parents must come to the school to retrieve confiscated electronics.
Assignments & Late Work
Individual Practice (Classwork or Homework): The purpose of individual assignments is to help students learn the concepts needed to prepare them to achieve mastery on the assessments. Often the work can be completed during class time, but some homework will also be required. Students should plan on between 1 and 2 hours of homework per week, but that figure will vary depending on the individual and the topic. These assignments will be graded, and while they are a smaller portion of their final grade they are designed to provided enough individual practice in order to be prepared for the assessments (quizzes and exams). Late work will be accepted, but with the possibility of losing 10% credit for each day it is late. (Reasonable exceptions regarding partial credit for late work will be made especially when honest effort is consistently demonstrated, please contact me if you feel an exception is warranted)
Application: We will try and Apply Math Theory from time to time to the real world and sometimes do hands on assignments. Possible applications of math might include board drafting, cooking, problem solving games, constructing shapes and containers, to name a few.
Assessments: Assessments (ie Quizzes) can receive an improved score by working through corrections. Typically a student can earn half of their lost points by reworking the problems correctly that they lost points on the first time around. (So, if a student failed a quiz and got 50% the first time around they can do corrections on the parts that they missed and if they are done correctly showing all their work, they could earn back half of their lost point, thus, that 50% quiz could move up to a 75% quiz after completing corrections. Corrections should be done with in 2 weeks of the initial assessment. This helps students to still be able to remember the concepts while they are fresh on their minds.
Students are expected to be on time and in class every day. Unexcused absences will mean that the students are not able to participate in the learning activity for that day and points for that portion of their grade will be lost.
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, students needing special accommodations may contact me for alternative arrangements.
Calendar of Due Dates for Major Assignments
Weekly homework is to be completed in class when possible or the following day if not completed in class.
Quizzes are administered almost every Friday. If ever you miss a Friday, it is your job to schedule a time before or after school to make up the quiz with in 48 hours of your return.
Other due dates will be announced in class.
Progress Reports and Report Cards
Students final grades will be based primarily on mastery of standards, with a small portion of the grade coming from the learning activities done in class, and the individual practice assignments (as either classwork or homework). Scores on the learning activities, individual practice, and on the current assessments can be monitored on PowerSchool, and scores are updated weekly. If you want more detailed information about your students progress please contact me.
Letter Grades are done on the traditional format: points earned/points possible.
A 100-94%, A- 93-90%
B+ 89.99-87.0, B 86.99-84.00, B- 83.99-80.00
C+ 79.99-77.0, C 76.99-74.00, C- 73.99-70.00
D+ 69.99-67.0, D 66.99-64.00, D- 63.99-60.00
Failing below 59.99
These letter grade increments are approximate and are calculated exactly and rounded up or down by the software in Power School
All students and parents may contact me if they feel an alternative form of assessment is appropriate; decisions will be made on a case by case basis. Accommodations for students with an IEP, 504, or ELL classification will be made on an individual basis.
Connecting Home to School
Please fill comfortable contacting me any time during the school year if you have any questions or concerns. My preferred method of contact is through email, but a phone call, or coming into my classroom is invited.
Personal Statement and other items (optional)
Math is all around us. I am willing to work with you to help you understand how it works and how you can use it in the real world to make a difference in your life, your family, your community, and the world.