Mrs. Malen Braswell

Mathematics

About Mrs. Braswell

Hi! I have taught more than twenty years in the Caldwell County School system and have recently returned to West Caldwell - back to the school where I got my start. West Caldwell is in my family's blood. My husband works at WCHS, my oldest daughter is a student here and my youngest will join us here soon! We bleed blue and gold!

About Ms. Parrish

Hi! I will graduate from North Carolina State University's College of Education this May with a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education. I am very excited to begin my teaching career and couldn't be more excited to complete my Student Teaching semester at West Caldwell!

Need to Talk to Us?

We'd love to hear from you!

Email is the best method of communication; however, we can always set up a Zoom/Google Meet or in-person/phone conference - whatever method works best for you.



Ways to Contact Us:

Email: mabraswell@caldwellschools.com

int.kparrish@caldwellschools.com

School Phone Number: 828-758-5583

The best time to contact us by phone is between 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. or afterschool before 4:00.

Fall 2021 Schedule

1st Period - Foundations of Math I

2nd Period - Planning

3rd Period - Foundations of Math II

4th Period - Foundations of Math II


Spring 2022 Schedule

1st Period - Math III Honors

2nd Period - Planning

3rd Period - Math III

4th Period - Math III

What do you need (supply list)?

  • (1) Composition Book - Non-Spiral Bound

  • Glue Sticks and/or tape

  • Pencils

  • Graphing Calculator (optional)


What will class be like?:

I believe that the study of mathematics should be active, engaging, and thought provoking. Students should be given opportunities to explore mathematical concepts and connections and have multiple ways to develop and demonstrate their understanding. In all of my math classes, students will be working in cooperative groups on a daily basis. Students will be investigating and exploring concepts within these groups. They will be making connections that will allow their knowledge to be applied in several real-life situations that are not only seen in math class but in other classes as well. Multiple instructional strategies will be used to accomplish this goal such as whole group instruction, discovery, small group instruction, discussion, writing, games, and projects.

What is expected of students?

Students will be expected to work as a team throughout the year. As a team-member, each student will be responsible for his/her own understanding, organization, and preparedness as well as the support of other members of their team. Students should be contributing team members and work with their team on all assignments.

Because every day in Math will build off the days before, it is crucial for students to be present and do all work assigned when it is assigned. Missing one day or one assignment can have a "trickle-down effect" when it comes to understanding later concepts. Therefore, students must have all assignments and projects completed on their due date. If a student is not prepared for class with his or her completed assignments or is not completing work in class, he/she will be required to call home that day to schedule time during lunch or before/after school to do so. If a student is performing below their capabilities or if performance on any task falls below a C, he/she is required to redo the assignment or schedule time for tutoring.

How will you get your grade?

Students are assessed based on their mastery of the learning targets required for a unit as well as their overall performance on tests and quizzes. Learning Target Mastery will count as 60% of the final grade. Classroom activities and projects will count 10%. Test and Quiz grades will count as the remaining 30 %. Learning targets are the skills and concepts students should know and be able to do by the end of a unit. The assessment of each of the learning targets is made by observation of student work and discussion in class, individual assignments,, and other more formal assessments such as quizzes and tests. Students will have multiple opportunities to meet learning targets. However, the deadline to receive full credit for mastery of missing learning targets for a specific unit is by the final test day of next unit. Students will still be required to meet all learning targets even past the deadline but he/she will only receive half credit for each target.

At the end of a grading period, the final grade is based on the student’s test/quiz average and the percentage of mastery for each learning targets.

Learning Targets: 60% of Final Nine Weeks Grade

  • These grades can always be improved.

  • Students can continually work on a target until they reach full mastery (100).

Classwork and In Class Activities: 10% of Final Nine Weeks Grade

  • These grades will be primarily based on completion and participation

  • Full participation and collaboration is expected all class, every class.

Test and Quiz Performance: 30% of Final Nine Weeks Grade

  • Each quiz and test will receive an overall numerical grade

  • Tests will make up 20% of the Final Grade

  • Quizzes will make up 10% of the Final Grade

Check us OUT! See what We've Been Doing Lately!

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Let's Play Headbandz! Function Transformation Edition


Students were only allowed to ask yes or no questions about the transformations present in their "Headband" function. From the information they gathered, they had to determine the equation of the function given on their headband.

First Week of 2nd Semester!

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*These photos were all taken during a time frame in which mask wearing was optional.