Teacher:

The teachers assigned to instruct Math Honors 8 are me, myself, and I, John Lacson.  I have taught the Math Honors courses for Grades 9 and 10, Math 2 for Grade 10, I.B. Math Studies for Grade 11, and regular Math for Grade 8.  I can be contacted by e-mail at lacsonj@ismanila.org or personally during office hours (2:30-3:00 pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays) in ISM room P044.

Teaching Philosophy:

My teaching philosophy has always been to treat each child as if he or she was my own son or daughter.  That means that students will be challenged, prepared, and treated with kindness and professional courtesy in a safe learning environment from bell to bell.  However, it also means that schedules, curriculum timelines, school rules, and classroom procedures will be followed strictly.

An occasional weak pun may be thrown at the students every once in a while to check their consciousness.

Students' Needs:

1) Texas Instruments 83 or 84 Series Graphing Calculator
2) Lap top, Pad, or device capable of graphing spreadsheet data and accessing the ISM portal and Google Drive.
3) Mathematics spiral bound notebook with graphing paper.
4) Centimeter ruler.
5) Lots of pencils.
6) A fine-tip green marker.  Guess what for?
7) A clear file folder with ISM green cover.  Yes, we are not totally paperless.
8) The textbook for this course. Algebra 2 published by Holt, Rinehart, and Winston.
9) Planner...... and 

10) A "functional" cerebral cortex.  This was an example of a weak pun.

Grading System:

We use the I.B. (International Baccalaureate) system of reporting marks and grades.  Results of Summative Assessments (things that count) will be recorded in Power-School on a scale of 1-7, with 7 being Exemplary and 1 being Emerging.  Power-School will remain closed  until after MS back to school night.

The Course:

Math Honors 8 is a course that sort of parallels Math 8 in its content, beginning with Algebraic Reasoning and Operations and ending with Statistics, Probability, and Data Analysis.  However, the Honors course proceeds quickly through the fundamental techniques taught in each unit and students are then challenged with higher order problems as preparation for Honors courses in the High School, which are prerequisites for IB-Math (HL).
 
The Units to be covered (at the rate of 1.5 Units per quarter) are the following:
 
Algebraic Reasoning
Concepts in Geometry
Introduction to Functions
Systems of Equations
Quadratic Functions
Statistics and Probability

After the fundamentals have been taught, the teacher will become more of a facilitator, such that during much of class time, students will learn to work independently to complete assigned problem sets.  Differentiated teaching strategies will also be used, such that students can expect to do hands-on activities (projectile motion, simple harmonic motion, random sampling, etc.) in order to gather real data for mathematical analysis.
 
 
The Classroom Rules:

1) The safety, well-being, and learning privileges of each student are of utmost importance.
2)  Be punctual, professional, and polite.
3)  Please learn the ISM Rules and Regulations.  They will be followed.

How I deal with violations of the above:

1)  The first time, I say please.
2)  The second time, there is no please.
3)  The third time.......well, you'll find out.

I hope you get the "point."  Have a fun year :)