MATH CLASSROOM STANDARDS
I am looking forward to having your child in class. The following is a list of some of my expectations for students to know and follow in my classroom and when doing their math assignments, quiz's, and tests.
Students are to arrive in class with all required materials:
q 3 ring binder (1.5 – 2 inch) with at least 100 sheets of loose leaf paper,
q graph paper,
q 1 folder that fits the 3 ring binder,
q 1 package of index cards,
q pencils, erasers, colored pens, and a dry erase marker, (many students like to have a binder zipper bag to hold their pens, pencils and markers,)
q TI-83 Plus calculator (recommended)
TARDY POLICY: 1st = Verbal warning.
2nd = Counts as an absence.
TEXT BOOKS: need to be covered for their protection. Paper bags work well.
1. At the start of each unit I will hand out an assignment sheet.
2 Each student is responsible for keeping the assignment sheet for the entire unit.
3. Absent students are still responsible for their assignments, tests or quizzes.
4. All assignments are posted at http://kennedyweb.org click on Heuvelton.
5. Parents are welcome to check and see that the assignment is finished each night.
1. ALL work is to be shown.
2. Each assignment should include the assignment number or page, title, date, name and class period.
3. Answers should be simplified and labeled when appropriate.
4. Homework will be graded on a 10-point scale.
5. Late homework will be worth half of the earned grade.
TESTS & QUIZZES:
1. After each exam is returned, students should examine their tests to learn from their mistakes.
2. If a student feels that a grade does not meet their personal expectations, he/she may choose to take a make up exam. In order to earn this opportunity, the student must have corrected the original exam and must complete an extra review assignment. Exams must be made up before the end of the next unit.
1. All students will be required to take the final exam.
2. No hats, gum, candy or soda will be allowed in room during class period.
HELP FOR THE MATH STUDENT: Math is fun and can be easy for everyone especially if you take the following hints to heart. One of the best ways to learn anything is to explain it to someone else. Working in groups is a good way to provide you with this opportunity. It is a wise idea to start a study group. You are welcome to bring lunches and have a group time in my room during lunch, during study halls, or maybe even arrange to work together after school.
Math is not a spectator sport. You will need to actively participate, roll up your sleeves and get that pencil moving. You will also need to move your brain. Expect to have to think about concepts and problems. Some of the problems you will encounter will teach you new techniques, like playing scales on an instrument, or running laps around a track. You might not see the point immediately, but they are strengthening you so everything will come together when it counts. Think of them as push-ups for the brain and practice them often. Some problems will require you to think hard and pull concepts together. Take some time with them, talk about them, take breaks if you are getting frustrated, ask for help if you are stuck, enjoy the process: you are learning. Since you will probably take about six more courses (depending upon your major), which utilize the concepts from this course, it will be especially important to understand what is useful or applicable in a particular context. This is why understanding the process for solving a particular type of problem is emphasized over memorizing formulas. In most cases, if you understand the concepts, memorizing a formula becomes completely unnecessary because you construct the necessary tools when needed.
Classes are held for your benefit. If attending class weren’t important, all courses would be by correspondence. During class I will go over examples, which are important, and most likely not in the book. It often helps to have a new concept explained in several different ways: the book and the lecture are two different ways that are readily available, information about due dates, quizzes, and exams is given out in class. This will help you pace your studying. Math is sequential, so everything you have learned since you were three can be used in this class. Hence you will not be helping yourself if you cram right before an exam and forget the material immediately afterward. As an instructor, I note a definite correlation between grades and class attendance. Try to avoid missing classes. Classes may be made up during activity period or after school as long as arrangements have been made ahead of time. If a student misses 14 or more classes they will be ineligible to take the final exam or regents exam.
Frequently teachers suffer from depression as a result of the lack of students coming in for extra help, so consider it your humanitarian duty to go see your instructor during these times. It might even help you!
Parents, please review these expectations with your son/daughter.
I would like to talk to you whenever you have a concern. I may be reached at school where you may leave a message and I'll get back to you as soon as I have time outside of the classroom.