A successful year in
mathematics will require that we work together.
Your active participation is essential.
On this sheet you will find important information about your math class: my expectations, your responsibilities, as
well as helpful suggestions to help you to do your best this year in math. Keep this sheet in the front of your notebook
to refer back to during the year.
class every day and be on time. If you miss a class, it is your
responsibility to obtain make-up work. Unexcused absences and tardies will
result in disciplinary action, and under these circumstances, no make-up
will be allowed.
prepared for class. You must have your notebook, a pencil,
the previous night’s homework and a willing attitude with you every
day. Calculators are not necessary all
the time but would be good to have within reach.
to a cooperative learning experience. Mathematics should not be
learned in isolation. Actively
participating in discussions and activities, either as an entire class or
within small groups, will allow others to learn from you, and you from
all assignments to the best of your ability. Practice
is essential for learning mathematics, and it is important that you arrive
to class each day having taken the time to attempt every homework problem.
- Seek extra help when necessary. Asking
questions is important! Use your
classmates as resources, or ask me for help.
Expectations and Grading
- Binder – Your binder should be a three-ring binder with
dividers. Each of us is an individual so how you organize you binder is up
to you. Each quarter you will have 2 to 4 binder quizzes to test whether
your binder is organized. Some suggestions to help organize your binder: Each
day of class notes should begin with a date and title. In class worksheets
should also be dated and kept with that days notes. Practice should be
dated and kept in chronological order with all problems answered and
corrected if necessary.
- Practice – Practice will be assigned and check
daily. It will be accepted only if
it is neat, organized, and all work is shown. Each assignment is worth a total of 5
points. If you do not have the homework or it is incomplete you will be
expected to return (with your lunch) during your lunch block to complete
your work and a score of 4 out of 5 will be given for the assignment. Any
work not completed by the end of the day due will not be accepted and a
score of 0 out of 5 will be given. If you are absent due to illness, the
assignment will be due the day after you return to school, unless
extenuating circumstances exist.
- Technology – Technology assignments will have students using websites and programs
to complete and created tasks pertaining to skills and topics we are
covering in class. Some examples are: posting
to your blog, contributing to a wiki, creating a podcast, completing a
survey, creating a Scratch program, and gathering data through internet searches.
- Daily Comps – Daily Comps are short 4 question quizzes given at the start of each day
that cover material and skills previously covered in class. Each daily
comp is worth 10 points. If you are absent the daily comp will be exempted and you do not have to make it up.
Quizzes, Projects – You will always be given warning as to when a test/quiz will be given. I do not give "pop" quizzes.
Help – If you need some extra
help, it is your responsibility to arrange a time in advance with me
before school, during a lunch period, or after school when we can both
meet. Don’t wait until you are in
over your head before you ask for help.
Sometimes the biggest of problems can be cured with a simple fix. Extra help needs to be arranged at least
one day in advance. Bring your binder with you when coming for extra help.
Quarter grades will be calculated using the following percentages.
- Tests, Quizzes, Binders, Projects 85%
- Practice, Blog 15%