Success is a necessity not an option!
Why do we have to study Math? Math helps us to think logically. We carefully state the problem, plan out our solution, execute steps in the appropriate order, and evaluate the solution. Math helps us to identify patterns and relationships. Two things that may at first glance appear very different may turn out to be mathematically very similar.
Math helps us keep score - not just in sports, but in everything that we measure: time, distance, money, cooking quantities, building materials, etc.Math helps us make better choices: Is the economy size of toothpaste really worth it? How much highway driving makes a hybrid car a better value?Sometimes math helps us make the best choice. Is there a way to use the least amount of fencing to cover a certain area?
Math is crucial in the natural sciences like physics and chemistry, but it is also important in the social sciences such as economics and sociology. Most college majors require at least some mathematics. Limiting the math that you study may limit your career options.
Math has connections to subjects where you might not expect it - art, music, and poetry are a few. Did Shakespeare really write all the plays commonly attributed to him - mathematicians have attempted to answer this. If you are in school now, you may live for another fifty years, or more. Technology is changing so rapidly, and no one can predict the skills that people will need in the workplace or at home in the coming years. Most math teachers would be willing to bet that you will be better prepared for the future by getting a good background in math.
Math can be fun. Just as we play games, do crossword puzzles, and read mysteries for fun, math shares characteristics with all of these.
Mr. Sam’s Grading Policy for Algebra I and II
2. Class work
(Includes Do now and Exit slip)
3. Academic Rigor
(Attendance, Class Participation, Preparedness for Class, Following of Electronics Policy,
On Time to Class )
Expectations Classroom Rules
Be respectful and responsible.
Bring all the materials needed for learning every day.
Ask permission first.
Keep hands, feet and objects to your self.
Sign in the attendance log when you come to class.
If you are late, sign in the late log.
Copy down, the objectives and the homework assignment.
Complete the warm up.
Follow teacher direction during class and at dismissal.
Things to remember
Please keep all the unnecessary materials out of sight (cell phone, I-pod, food and drinks, etc.)
If you did not get the grade you expected, then your work did not meet my expectation.
Due dates are always closer than they appear.
Student contract I have read the class room rules, procedures, and I am aware of the grading policy. I am also aware of the fact that if I do not follow the above mentioned guidelines it will affect my grades and final score in this class. Student name: _____________________
Student signature___________________ Date_______________ Teacher: Mr. Sam
Do Now Activity
Will be given only to students who arrive to class on time [prior to the late bell]
Each Do Now Activity will be graded on a daily basis; total value will be 100 points. Anyone on time and attempts the Do Now Activity will receive a grade no lower than 65 points. At the end of each term all Do Now Activities will be averaged out.
Do Now Activity is 20% of the total class work grade
Failure to complete Do Now activities will result in a lower class average and it will adversely affect your class work grade.
Exit Slip Daily exit slips will be given at the end of each class period. This will summarize for you what you learned in class each day and also give me an idea of what you understood and don’t understand. It will have one or two questions related with the topic covered on that day.
Exit Slip is 20% of the total class work grade
The Do now activity and the Exit slip are included in the class work grade, which will be 40% of the class work grade. The other 60% of the class work grade will be based on the criteria given below.
Copying the guided practice examples from the board.
Answering word problems and exercises from the text book.
1. Homework will be given Monday to Thursday.
Homework will be graded on a scale of 100 to 0. Scores will be based on how well the questions are answered. At the end of each marking period the average of all the Homework grades will be taken. Late home work will only get half the grade.
3. Failure to complete Homework will result in a lower class average.
Attendance Requirements for High School Students The Bronx Academy High School attendance policy requirement states, in part that in order to be granted academic credit for a course, a student must earn a passing grade in that course and attend each class a minimum of 85% of the time the class is in session.
The high school attendance requirements policy states, in part, to be granted academic credit for any course, a student must earn a passing grade in the course and not be absent more than 20 class sessions of a full-year course.
Students who accumulate 21 consecutive daily absences from school and who are not subject to NYS Compulsory Attendance Rules may be dropped from enrollment due to their truancy.
Students with inconsistent attendance in school will receive a grade of 45, failure due to poor attendance.
Negative points. Points shall be taken away for the following
Using cell phone and other electronic gadgets in the class is a major distraction for the scholars. (Every time a scholar is seen using, cell phone or any other electronic gadget, 5 points will be deducted from the final grade)
Algebra I Course Outline
Rules of Exponents/Scientific Notation
How do we simplify expressions using rules of exponents?
How do we convert numbers into scientific and standard notation?
How do we order numbers using scientific notation?
How do we use scientific notation to compute products and quotients of numbers?
How do we simplify numerical expressions
Operations/ Algebraic Expressions
What do you understand by algebraic expressions?
How do we classify algebraic expressions?
How do we evaluate algebraic expressions?
How do we translate an English sentence into an algebraic expression?
explanation is a little difficult to understand, but includes critical components
explanation is difficult to understand, and is missing several components OR was not included
CLASSROOM CODE OF CONDUCT
Arrive to class in time. Come prepared with books, notebooks, pens, pencils etc...
Cell phones, electronic devices and beepers should not be seen or heard in the classroom.
Bring ID and schedule at all times.
No hats, hoodies, visors, caps, scarves, bandannas, ‘do rags’ etc.
Dress appropriately for school.
Food, drinks and chewing gum are not to be eaten in the classroom.
No profanity. Respectful language and tone is expected toward staff and students.
Do not leave the class room without permission. Leave the classroom to go to the rest room, library or any other area of the building only with teacher’s permission and a hallway pass issued by the teacher. Sign out the log before going. Sign in after returning. Do not go to any other place using the bathroom pass. Do not leave the building during class time.
Home work should be completed on time and neatly.
Treat yourself and others with respect at all times.