Middle School Math/PLTW

Contact Information

Adam Hinrichsen


(319) 842-2263


Hello! My name is Adam Hinrichsen, and this will be my fourth year at Alburnett. This year I am teaching 6th grade math, 7th grade math, and 8th grade math, along with two Project Lead The Way courses - Automation and Robotics and Introduction to Computer Science.

Grading Practices

This year in math, grades will look a little different than they have traditionally. Alburnett CSD is moving towards a Standards Based Learning model to ensure that we are addressing the four critical questions to student learning: 1) What do we want students to know and be able to do? 2) How do we know they are learning? 3) What do we do when they're not learning? 4) How do we respond when they've already learned the information?

Standards Based Learning (SBL) is a method that accurately and completely addresses these four questions to guarantee that all students achieve at a high level.

Guiding Practices

My guiding practices are closely aligned to my Grading Practices. Standards Based Learning will be the method that I use for assessing student progress. There are a few policies that I implement related to SBL that are listed below:

Homework: All homework and in-class practice is viewed as practice that will prepare students for the assessments. This type of work will NOT be graded. It will be listed on Powerschool, but it will not count towards the final grade of the student.

Retakes: Students have the option to retake any assessment after reviewing and showing growth from their previous assessment. The higher of the two scores will be recorded. Students have two weeks after the initial assessment to retake the assessment unless other arrangements have been made. To be eligible to retake an assessment, students must have all homework/practice work completed, and review with Mr. Hinrichsen for (at least) one Pirate Time session.

Extra Credit: Extra credit will not be given. If students wish to raise their score, they may review content and retake an assessment.


  • Cell Phones: Cell phones will not be allowed in the classroom. If a cell phone is seen, the student will be asked to but the phone away. If the student is seen with the cell phone again in that class period, the student will turn in their phone to me until the end of the school day. If the student has their cell phone again in the classroom, the cell phone will be taken to the front office.
  • Fidget Devices: The use of fidget devices will not be allowed in the classroom. These items are considered toys. If a student has an IEP or 504 Plan allowing the use of a fidget, the expectations will be discussed with the individual.
  • Backpacks/Bags: Backpacks and bags will be left in lockers and not in the classroom. During the first two weeks of school, students will be able to return to their lockers at the teacher's discretion. In the following weeks students will be given 3 locker passes per quarter to use at an appropriate time to return to their lockers.
  • Materials: Students are expected to bring the required materials to class. Generally this will include homework, pen AND pencil, textbook, and workbook. As with locker passes students will be given 3 borrow passes per quarter to use for any of the missing items.
  • Inappropriate Behavior: Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Student will receive 1 verbal warning for inappropriate behavior. If the behavior should continue, a second verbal warning will be given. After two verbal warnings, the student shall be removed from the classroom and sent to the office. After meeting with the teacher, the student will be back in the classroom.
  • Plagiarism: Plagiarism is defined as taking someone else's work and passing it off as your own. Students who plagiarize work will receive no credit for their work. However, the re-do policy will be available to the student.