Accelerated Math 1-2-3 2008-2009 Mrs. Ceinaturaga (They-Na-Two-Rung’-a) email@example.com 480-883-5262 Portable Classroom M2 Welcome back to Accelerated Math! I am so excited to have you back for another year of learning! Please read this syllabus carefully, THERE ARE SOME CHANGES FROM LAST YEAR. This syllabus is intended to familiarize you with the outline of the course and my expectations for the way our class will run. SUPPLIES: Coming to class prepared is essential. These are the things you will need EVERY DAY: MATH BINDER. You will need a three-ring binder again this year. THE BINDER MUST BE SEPARATE FROM YOUR OTHER CLASSES. You will need 5 indexed dividers to separate your math binder into sections. Your notebook will be checked EVERY DAY. Your notebook will be graded on its organization, neatness, and completeness. Get your notebook as soon as possible, stock it with notebook paper, and label your dividers with these headings: *Warm-Ups *Class work *Homework *Quizzes *POW/WeBWork Pencils & Erasers. All work must be completed in pencil. Work not done in pencil will not be accepted. Ink Pen. This is needed to grade homework and highlight important points. Notebook Paper. Should be placed in the math notebook. Pencil pocket. Put this is your notebook so that you know where your pencils and pens are when you need them. When we progress to year 3 math, you may be purchasing your own calculator, and this will be a great place to store it. ATTENDANCE: It is essential that you come to class each day and that you are on time. Students must be in their seats working with NOTEBOOKS OPEN when the tardy bell rings. In order to help you do that, the school rings a “one-minute” bell. That bell is the indicator that you should begin getting your things out and start working. Students not in their seat and working at the tardy bell will be considered tardy. All tardies will be assigned to after-school-detention (ASD) the following day, per school policy. When you are absent, it is your job to find out what you missed, including copying notes or class work results, and completing homework. You can ask a reliable classmate for this, or check the calendar and file at the back of the room. Make-up work is given one class period for each day a student is gone from class. If you miss the day of a test or quiz, you will be given two SCHOOL DAYS for each day you missed in order to make up the test. Tests and quizzes not made up in a timely manner will be given a grade of zero. GRADING: Your grade in this course will be averaged as follows: *Tests (300 points per quarter) 50% of Quarter grade *Quizzes (200 points per quarter) 33% of Quarter grade *Binder, Warm-up Quizzes, Test/Quiz Signatures, 17% of Quarter grade POW/WebWork, presentations (100 points/quarter) Each semester grade will be a combination of first quarter, second quarter, and the semester exam. Each quarter is worth 40% of the semester grade, and the exam is worth 20% of the semester grade. Homework. Homework assignments will be assigned every time you come to class (with very few exceptions), and they are to be completed by the due date (usually the next time we meet). While some homework will just be checked for completeness, some homework will be worth –2, -1, 0, 1, or 2 points. The grade will be determined in class between the student and teacher, and homework points will be added to test scores. Complete homework includes: copied problems, any work, steps or diagrams needed to make your thinking clear, and a final answer. All work must be done in pencil. Notebook organization. I will check your notebook periodically during the quarter. These checks will NOT be pre-announced, nor will every person’s notebook be checked on one given day. KEEP YOUR NOTEBOOK ORGANIZED EVERY DAY. As this is part of the course requirements, you may be assigned ASD for having a disorganized notebook. POW’s (Problems of the Week). You will be assigned a few problems of the week during the first quarter. When we start Year 3 curriculum, you will be assigned WeBWork problems. WeBWork will be assigned on the first day of each unit, and is due the day of the test. More information on this will be discussed in class. Tests & Quizzes. Expect some sort of test or quiz each week. It is best to ask for help within a day or two if you don’t understand something. This way, you won’t get too far behind. You will be given a practice test before each test that will be completed as homework. Homework Presentations. Each quarter, you will be required to do and present two homework problems on the board. You may choose to do these at any time, as long as they are finished by the end of the quarter. We will talk about this more in class. EXTRA HELP: I feel strongly about helping each of my students succeed. Please ask questions during class when you don’t understand something. If you find that you need extra help, here are some available resources: The most important help you can give yourself is coming to class prepared and ready to learn. You should ask questions when a concept is not clear to you. I am available for tutoring each week. Please see me for times and details. The Husky Room is a school-wide tutoring program that is free to all students and provides faculty and student tutors in ALL subject areas. This is available each day from 2:30-3:30pm in room C-117. Student study groups can be a big help. Exchange phone numbers with people from class and arrange to study together. You and I have the same goal – That you are successful in this class! CURRICULUM: As you know, this is a rigorous ELECTIVE course that will cover 3 years of content in two years. We will need to move quickly, but will spend more time on topics that are difficult for the class as a whole. I will provide you with a curriculum map at the beginning of each quarter. YOU SHOULD PLAN TO STUDY AROUND ONE HOUR EVERY DAY IN ORDER TO BE SUCCESSFUL! CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS: In my classroom I expect excellent behavior and participation, including a “community”-type atmosphere where mathematics is discussed and mistakes are made as part of the normal learning process. An atmosphere of mutual respect where you respect my right to teach and I respect your right to learn is required. All school rules and policies are to be followed, but I expect that you demonstrate common sense. There are many occasions where stopping to think before you respond will create a better classroom environment for everyone. CLASSROOM RULES AND CONSEQUENCES: 1. Be prepared everyday with pencil and eraser, pen, loose-leaf/notebook paper, notebook/binder, and completed homework. It also means that you have taken care of personal business before coming to class. 2. Be respectful to yourself, your classmates and me. It also includes having respect for any property or belongings that are not owned by you personally. No put-downs or cursing. 3. Follow directions the FIRST time they are given. 4. During instruction, raise your hand to speak. Enter the room and work quietly. 5. Follow ALL school rules making sure to carry your ID at all times and to leave electronic devices, including cell phones turned off and out of site. The following actions will be taken for violations of any class policies: 1st Offense Warning nd 2 Offense Student Conference 3rd Offense Call to your Parent/Guardian th 4 Offense Referral to administration *Depending on the severity, a referral may occur at any time. ELECTRONICS: As stated in the student handbook, electronic devices are not to be evident in class. Please turn off cell phones and/or music players and keep them in your bag. Any electronic devices that I can see or hear will be confiscated and given to a grade-level administrator or security. IF I SEE IT OR HEAR IT, I TAKE IT: ALL PERIOD, EVERY DAY, ALL YEAR LONG!!! Keep this in your notebook for future reference. Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have!