The Amazing World of Algebra
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THis year, Algebra is piloting the McGraw Hill text Algebra 1, California Edition, which is aligned with the new rigorous common core state standards. These standards are extremely challenging for all students, so your student must be ready for a brisk pace through the year.
Please try to remember that this is a HIGH
SCHOOL LEVEL class. In fact, Chapters 1 and
2 are considered a Pre-Algebra Review. Your student will take a diagnostic
in class the first Friday of school (8/22) on this material to determine
his/her mastery level of required skills. It is assumed that students will review their individual weak areas of their own. THESE SKILLS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED IN CLASS. Chapters 1 and 2 also include a few Algebra conceptsThese new concepts will be taught in class; students will take a few quick quizzes on just these concepts in the next two weeks.
Many times the information found in our textbook will be supplemented to create a more dynamic unit and, at the same time, to assist students in mastering new skills. While the pace is demanding, my goal is to create a safe environment where students may pose questions and take pride in their accomplishments. I believe a strong confidence in their abilities in math will help them succeed in their future math classes.
HOMEWORK: Homework is designed to provide each student with appropriate independent practice. The extent to which each student utilizes the opportunity to practice challenging skills will be reflected in the student’s assessment scores. Homework will be assigned and graded as well as considered as part of the Work Habits grade. Students are responsible for completing all homework accurately. Checking odd problems in the back of the textbook, using e-solutions and by posting your questions on Edmodo (if additional help is necessary) is part of the homework requirement and assures accurate practice.
QUIZ/QUEST/TEST PERFECTIONS: Each student is required to complete a “Test Perfection” assignment after every quiz, quest, or test. Quiz, Quest, and Test Perfections are a separate 5% of the grade. I believe this assignment is crucial to the student’s mastery of the concepts reflected on each quiz or test. I am available before and after school (and many days during lunch) to help your student get these corrections completed properly. All Quiz, Quest, and Test Perfections need to be signed by a parent or guardian. Normally, students have two weeks from the date that the quiz, quest, or test has been given back to hand in the signed corrections.
Academic grade: The course academic grade will be based on demonstrated achievement on a variety of assessments including daily assignments, tests, quizzes, student notebook, and projects.
The grade percentages are
Students will be allowed a maximum of 2% of extra credit per semester. Extra credit will be earned by answering Smater Blanced Assessment Cosortium (SBAC)-based questions available on my website. The SBAC-based questions will focus on a concept either from the current or previous lessons. Each time a student answers 50 questions correctly, he/she will receive one extra credit percentage point up to the maximum allowed. The goal is to offer an extra credit assignment that will help them keep up with the class on a regular basis, and also get them comfortable with the SBAC format. Please see my website for details on the ways to earn extra credit. Too often, extra credit assignments are unrelated to the actual course objectives and are done in a panic at the end of the grading period.
Work Habits: The Work Habits grade will be based on completing homework and class work, and coming to class with all of the appropriate learning materials.
Citizenship: Each student is expected to participate in class and contribute to a positive learning environment. The citizenship grade is based on overall behavior exhibited during the entire grading period, not just the behavior during the week or two before the grading period ends. It is expected that students will be in their seats before the bell rings; bring supplies, materials, homework, etc.; behave respectfully to everyone; follow the class and school rules and dress code, and do nothing to interfere with learning or to detract from a positive classroom environment. This behavior earns an S. To do less than this, earns an N or U depending on the degree of the behavior. If the N behavior has not risen to a satisfactory level by the quarter/semester report card period, a U will be given. An O is earned by doing more than expected, for example, making a point to courteously greet adults and peers and volunteering to help.
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