About Math 8....

Frequently asked questions:

Needs?
1) Mathematics notebook
2) Pencil, ruler, and fine-tipped green marker
3) Calculator (preferably one with a square-root function)
4) Lap-top or Pad capable of accessing this web-site
5) Textbook Math Course 3 (this may be kept in the classroom or by the student).

Grading?

Student work will be assessed on a 7-1 IB (International Baccalaureate) System scale with categories comprised of Knowledge and Understanding (40%), Communication (20%) and Transfer of Knowledge (40%).  These marks will be averaged to calculate a Semester Final Grade for Achievement.

Students will be assessed on Learning Habits under the categories of Organization, Collaboration, and Engagement.  These do not count toward an academic grade and are represented as a bar graph in report cards.

Retesting Policy?

Retests will be provided at the teacher's discretion for students who need to demonstrate proficiency.  The mark earned on the retest will be the mark counted toward the semester final grade.

Welcome to our Grade 8 Mathematics class!

We will be learning mathematics using many resources including a variety of materials, manipulatives, technology and a textbook. We will also use problem solving, inquiry, cooperative learning, performance tasks, and real-world applications to enhance your learning experience.

Instructors                 Ms Angela DeLuigi                 Dr. John Lacson        

deluigia@ismanila.org              lacsonj@ismanila.org     

  http://lacsonj.ism-online.org/                

ISM School-Wide Student Goals

At International School Manila, we expect students to work to the best of their ability to be:

Effective communicators: who can interact through a range of modes of communication and for a variety of purposes.

Knowledgeable and Skilled Learners: who continually acquire useful knowledge and skills while developing understanding(s) across a broad and balanced range of contexts.

Self-directed and Balanced Individuals: who strive to achieve their personal best and understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance.

Inquiring and Reflective Problem Solvers: who can think critically and creatively to make informed decisions and then take appropriate action.

Responsible, Caring and Ethical Contributors: who can empathize and be tolerant of differences and are committed to make a positive impact on their communities and environment.

Assessment and Reporting

At ISM, we believe that grades should reflect the level of understanding and achievement towards determined standards and that student behaviors (effort, participation, adherence to class rules, etc.) should be included separately. Therefore, the Math grade will consist of two separate grading categories. These include Achievement and Learning Habits and both will be reported on the semester report.

Within the Achievement and Learning Habits categories, grades will be reported on in subcategories to provide further information to parents and students regarding strengths and areas for growth. Within the Achievement category, students will be assessed on Knowledge and Understanding (What do you know?), Transfer of Learning (How can you apply what you know?), and Communication of Learning (How can you communicate what you know?). Within the Learning Habits category, students will be assessed on Organization, Engagement and Collaboration.

Grades will be reported on a scale of 7 – 1 with 7 and 6 representing exemplary achievement and learning habits, 5 and 4 representing proficient achievement and learning habits, 3 and 2 representing developing achievement and learning habits and a 1 representing emerging achievement and learning habits. All rubrics will reflect this scale, and grade boundaries for quiz and test type assessments will be determined by teacher teams on a case by case basis. Only summative assessments will be included in the Achievement grade. Learning Habits will be both self and teacher assessed at least three times per semester.

The type of assessment, work time spent on task, and its level of challenge to a student determine the weighting of an assignment. Students will demonstrate their Knowledge and Understanding, Transfer of Learning and Communication of Learning through tests and quizzes, projects, performance tasks, and class work.

Assessment Plan

First semester’s assessment plan is as follows. In Math, Knowledge and Understanding is worth 40% of the final grade. Transfer of learning is worth 40% of the final grade, and Communication of Learning is worth 20% of the final grade. Weighting of individual assignments is indicated through the number of X’s in each column. This plan is subject to change.

Summative Assessment Tasks

Knowledge & Understanding (40%)

Transfer of Learning (40%)

Communication of Learning (20%)

Rational and Irrational Numbers Quiz

Infographics Project

Number System and Exponents Unit Test

Transformations Performance Task

Pythagorean Theorem Performance Task

Geometry Unit Test

Homework Policy                           

Every effort is made for students to complete assignments in class, but on occasion students may be required to complete their work at home. This may include short tasks that can be completed in one evening or longer project-based tasks that are to be completed over a number of days. Some homework is intended as a review or preparation for an upcoming lesson. All assignments must be completed on time, and failure to do so will be reflected in the Organization component of the Learning Habits grade on the report card. Extenuating circumstances resulting in the last submission of work must be communicated to the teacher, preferably before the assignment is due.

Guides to Success in Grade 8 Mathematics                     

  • Come to class on time, with all supplies, prepared to actively participate.    

  • Review and study for tests and quizzes.

  • Participate in class activities, discussions and group work.

  • Use time wisely and seek help when necessary.

Tutorial

Students are encouraged to attend tutorial if they have any questions or need help with their math lessons. They can use tutorial time for one-on-one tutoring, extra practice, or for answering questions regarding this class. Students are always welcome and we look forward to helping them succeed! Tutorial classes occur during regular school hours on Monday and Thursday from 2:30 – 3:00.

Communication

Communication is a vital link between student, teacher and parent to ensure productive learning. Parents should feel free to contact us should they have any questions or concerns regarding their child’s progress in school. Parents have access to Powerschool and can check for regular grade updates. To share concerns or to arrange a time to meet, please email us at one of the above addresses. We are looking forward to a wonderful year. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.











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