Welcome Butler 6 Students and Parents! For almost all students, this will be their first year in a math classroom as opposed to a general education class that most elementary classes are. This will be a transition year for all the students as they begin the journey that the rest of their academic life will look like. Some students will be able to hit the ground running while others will need the full year to adjust to these new settings. My goal for everyone is to leave my classroom with all of the academic skills necessary to be successful for the rest of their academic life.
To help achieve this goal I have listed a general outline for my course for you to refer to at anytime.
BEFORE SCHOOL: Everyday starting around 7:30.
DURING SCHOOL: Reading period quarters 1 and 2. Lunch period quarters 1 and 2.
This year we continue the 1 to 1 iPad initiative here at the Middle School. As a result we will be using these iPads on an almost daily basis. We will be using a few different apps and the internet as resources but our primary tools will be the apps Notability, Google Drive and Schoology. Between these apps we will create our digital ‘binder’ which will hold all of the students notes, homework assignments and ‘handouts’.
The only time we will not be using the iPads is when we have a test or a quiz and for some activities where they are not needed. The tests and quizzes will be taken on paper.
NOT AT SCHOOL:
At the start of the school year students will be able to bring their iPads home each night. It is not required but most students will find it very helpful to do and keep all of their work on that iPad.
However, if a student or parent prefers the work at school and/or home be done on paper and kept in a binder this can easily be arranged. Please contact me at anytime if this is something you would like to do and we can discuss it further and I can help set it up.
Your overall grade is based on points and will be calculated by doing, # of points earned / # of total points assigned. The points will come from 3 locations: Homework, class participation, and tests. Each quarter I usually assign around 450-550 points that you can potentially earn.
Homework will be assigned most nights Monday-Thursday. If I assign a homework on a Friday it will be something short like getting a test signed by a parent. I will check the homework everyday that I assign it but the only thing I will be checking for is EFFORT. I will not be checking for right or wrong answers. Effort is shown simply by writing down any and all work needed to answer a question. If you just have answers written on the page credit will not be given. Homework should not take longer than 20 minutes. If you try the homework for 20 minutes and have not completed all the questions, STOP trying at this point, and come in with questions for class the next day.
Your homework grade will be worth 50 points of your overall grade. My homework grade works as follows: Everyone starts each quarter with all 50 points, so at the beginning of every quarter everyone has a 50/50 grade. As we progress through the marking period I will check your homework and any assignment missed will deduct 3 points from your grade. The homework will always be due the following school day, unless I indicate otherwise. If you are absent you will not be penalized as long as you make up the homework before the end of the quarter. It is in your best interest to do your homework on a regular basis because there is no way to get your homework grade to go back up once it falls. All homework will be assigned and submitted through SCHOOLOGY.
Your class participation grade is worth 50 points also. Everyone starts each quarter with 50 points, so at the beginning of every quarter everyone has a 50/50 grade. Class participation points can be lost through a variety of ways but these things are easily avoided. Mostly, make sure you come to class prepared with your iPad (charged) or with your binder (if you choose to use one), participate in positive meaningful ways, be kind to others, use you iPad in appropriate ways that show you are staying on taks in class, and overall act in a way that you will feel good about at the end of the day and you will be able to keep all those points throughout the quarter.
Tests will be given once a unit is completed. Units average to be about 8-12 school days. Tests are usually worth between 80-110 points . Tests will always follow the following format:
1). Vocabulary: This section will test your memory on the vocabulary in the unit by having you either match the correct word to its definition or fill in the missing word that is being defined. THIS IS NOT A WRITING SECTION.
2). Exercise Questions: This section will be strictly exercise questions that increase in difficulty level. They will look similar to the questions that you have seen on homework and in class.
***Editor's Note*** The 2 sections above comprise 95% of the test. The section below is only worth 5% of the test.
3). Problem Questions: This section will have 3 questions that you will choose 2 to attempt. I expect these questions to be problems for you. They will be based on the material learned in the unit but they will be unfamiliar to you. Don't worry, this section is only worth 5% of the entire test.
The list below is a rough outline of our curriculum. Each unit will have at least one test with the potential for a quiz as well.
Unit 1: Order of Operations and Mathematical Properties
Unit 2: Integers
Unit 3: Intro to Algebra
Unit 4: Decimals
Unit 5: Whole Number Theory (Divisibility, Factors and Multiples)
Unit 6: Fractions
Unit 7: Word Problems (involving fractions)
Unit 8: Ratios and Proportions
Unit 9: Percents
Unit 10: Coordinate Plane Geometry
Unit 11: Statistics
Unit 12: Probability