Syllabus

A DAY IN MY CLASS:
Scholar will begin with a warm up/power up.  About 15-20 minutes are allotted for completion and review. We then transition over to reviewing homework from the previous night.  There is an "ask it basket" where scholars place a dot on only 3 problems they attempted but may have had a difficult time with.  After everyone has placed their dots, I review the 3 homework problems with the most dots.  I call those "freebies" as the scholar is allowed to correct it.  We then transition over to the lesson of the day.  Because it is a challenging and rigorous course, I make sure my students have FUN learning!  Throughout the lesson scholars will be highly engaged in different types of Kagan strategies and other cooperative group strategies.  There is also plenty of opportunities for hands on activities.
 
STRATEGIES:  
In my class, as stated above you will see a lot of Kagan strategies being used to ensure cooperative learning. Group work allows the students to interact, helping one another on the content that was taught.  The class is more student led with direction from me.  At times, I have centers or work stations that I have found to be very effective.    
 
METHOD OF COMMUNICATION:
I'm always available through email.  I also use Remind.com which is a safe way to text the student with important information in a very safe way. Parents are also welcome to receive the messages.  A parent letter as well as instructions to get signed up will be given to the student to take home. I encourage all parents and scholars to sign up.  In class, I will guide the students in setting them up.  
 
BOOK:  Go Math 
The book is set up by units.  Each unit has a certain number of modules that contain several lessons.  We will cover one lesson per two days. This could vary depending on the complexity of the lesson's concept. The book is available online as well.  Students will have the link on Google classroom.  I will provide a "how to guide" showing how scholars and parents can maneuver through the online curriculum.  You can find the link on my web page as well.
 
HOMEWORK:
There will be homework every day including Fridays unless it is a "no homework" assigned day.  Homework assignments will vary.  At times it could be the guided or independent practice, worksheet, go math online, Imagine Math, or any other assignment given through Google Classroom.  No late HW is accepted in a pre AP or Pre Algebra class. In a regular class, there will be 10 points deducted each day it is late.  
 
QUIZZES & TESTS:
After every module and unit, tests are administered.  To help prep for tests, we assign study materials and students will use their interactive notebook to refer back to the content. 
 
 COMPUTER PROGRAM:
Imagine Math(TTM) - online program serving as a tool to enhance the student's math skills.  They will have 1-2 lessons per week from this online program which can be accessed at home. The link will also be available on Google Classroom.
 
 SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR MY CLASS:
5 subject notebook                                    1 pack dry erase markers
1 1/2" binder                                             1 eraser
5 tabs                                                         scissors
1 box of pencils                                         1 bottle of glue (no glue sticks)
1 pack red pens                                          2 packs of graph paper
1 pack different colored highlighters         1 ruler
1 pack of notebook paper                   
******For Pre Algebra ONLY - Graphing calculator (NO CAS).  Student will be given a form with a list of acceptable calculators that can be used.