AP Calculus AB: a New Hope
Williamsburg Preparatory High School: 2010-2011Mr. Hitt, esq.Room 431email:firstname.lastname@example.org blog: mrhittmath.wordpress.com
So here’s the deal:
be the coolest thing that you’ve ever done. Holla! My goalthis year is to show you
it’s the coolest. For this to happen, though, I will need you to bejust as invested in the class as I am. This means that the following should be happeningwithout me having to say anything:-For God’s sakes, show up to class on time. It is not that hard.-Bring a pencil
a pen every single day. Yes, you must have both.-Have a notebook that is only for this class. It should be big, because notes areessential in this class. Have it every single day. We will use it fo sho’.-At this point in your mathematical career, you should be thinking about having yourown calculator. You will need it in college, so you might as well get it now.TI-84 is preferred.-Be prepared to participate every day.Calculus is the name that has caused shudders in the hearts of the human race for manyyears. But the word
actually just means small pebble, so it can’t be that bad, right?However, there will probably be times when you are stuck. If you are stuck, get up, makeyourself a grilled cheese sandwich, and sit down and try again. Do not get mad. Do not callme a jerk or a bad teacher for not helping you. It will take a while to train yourself to think inThe Way of the Calculus, but
have to be the one that makes that happen.
Here are some random things I need to have in writing:
1. School policy is that there is to be absolutely no food, drinks, or gum in classrooms. I am astrict enforcer of school policies. The only liquid allowed is water, and vitamin water is notwater. No vitamins allowed. If you have food, I will eat it. If it has tomatoes on it, I willremove the tomatoes and then eat it, because I really, really hate tomatoes.2. Cheating is super-duper seriously bad. Here is a true rumor: anytime you cheat, a gnomewill stab you in the kidney with a rusty harpoon. Then, you will have to serve detention withme with a bleeding kidney. Don’t say I haven’t warned you.3. Be safe. If you have had me before, you know that puppies are kicked every time someonedivides by zero. Also, improper expansion of binomials gives me ulcers. Look out for mysafety, and puppies’ safety, and I guess your safety and those around you.
You need to take ownership of your own learning.
Sometimes, this class will be frustrating.If you are struggling with some aspect of the class, you need to come in for assistance. I amfree almost every day during lunch and am at school very early every day and stay late everyday. YOU need to schedule a time to come by and get help.