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IHS Math Policies

IHS Math Policies

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AD Math PoliciesFall 2010
Dear Math Students and Parents,
Welcome to the 2010 school year! I'm excited to be your new math teacher for thisyear. Your class this year will combine mind-challenging problems and projects withample opportunity for you to master the skills you need to succeed in college. Thecourse will combine topics that are usually found in Algebra II, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus as well as supplemental topics in multicultural and historical math.You're going to learn a lot this year. This semester, we will start with numberssystems, from ancient Mayan codes to binary arithmetic. Next, we will study alltypes of numbers, ranging from fractions to irrrational numbers and even complexnumbers. Finally, we will study quadratic functions in great detail, including howthey can be used in real-life problems. All along the way you will complete projectsthat may be used for your graduation requirements.
: All students should bring their own writing utensils, paper, and anotebook or binder. These may be shared with other classes; how you arrange yourpapers is up to you. Calculators will be provided in class, but students areencouraged to have access to at least a scientific calculator for home.
At the end of every unit, we will complete a project that develops andconnects the main ideas of the topics we have studied. Though some class time willbe provided for completing the projects, you will have to effectively work outside of class to be successful.
Projects are worth 40% of your grade
. They will begraded based on rubrics that will be available to you in advance.
Concept Quizzes:
Throughout the school year, we will have "Concept Quizzes" thattest your abilities to solve different types of problems. For example, the first conceptfor this year is, "Translate numbers from non-Hindu-Arabic systems into decimalform and back." Each quiz will feature a number of different concepts, and thegrades for each will be reported separately. Best of all, for each concept, your toptwo scores are all that matter. I will keep track of other scores, but they will notaffect your grade.
Concept Quizzes are worth 40% of your grade
Revision and Reassessment:
You may be familiar with doing revisions on aproject to improve the quality of the work and receive a higher grade. Thisopportunity will be available to you on every project you receive this year.Additionally, if you are ever unsatisfied with your current grade on a particularconcept, you can come see me for individualized help and another chance to scorehigher on the concept. Higher grades that show understanding will replace lowergrades from before. The reassessment procedure is available for any topic, nomatter how long ago it was studied.
Homework and Classwork:
Homework is given to help practice for the conceptquizzes. Since it is practice, it will not be graded for points, but I will providefeedback to help correct any mistakes. I will note homework completion in aseparate category. In class, we will solve exciting problems on a variety of topics.You will have opportunities to work with your peers as well as individually.
Homework and classwork are worth 20% of your grade.Conduct
: You must be on time to class everyday. Food is not permitted except byarrangement with me, but beverages are fine. I make class engaging and fun toavoid problems with behavior. Any issues will be dealt with on an individual basis.
AD Math PoliciesFall 2010
How you will be graded
For each learning goal and unit of study, you will be scored using the following scale:
4 = Outstanding.
Indicators include:
Selects appropriate and efficient strategies to solve problems
Executes mathematical procedures accurately
Justifies all mathematical statements in an efficient and accurate manner
Uses efficient mathematical reasoning and draws valid conclusions
Uses mathematical terminology and notation appropriately
Eloquently communicates process and solution
Finds connections within the materal and to real-world situations
Uses models appropriately to understand the problem or situation
3.5 = Good.
Your work is nearly outstanding, but includes minor (non-fatal)computational errors or slight notational errors.
 3 = Proficient.
Indicators include:
Selects appropriate but possibly inefficient strategies to solve problems
Work includes minor (non-fatal) computational errors
Justifies all mathematical statements
Uses appropriate reasoning to draw conclusions
Limited appropriate use of mathematical language and notation
Explains, with some difficulty, their process and solution
2 = Developing.
Indicators include:
Attempts mathematical strategies to solve problems
Work includes minor computational or conceptual errors
Justifies most but not all mathematical statements
Evidence of confused reasoning or misunderstanding of the problem
Limited appropriate use of mathematical language and notation
Limited ability to make connections to other topics
Limited use of appropriate models or representations
1 = Beginning.
Indicators include:
Selects an inappropriate strategy
Makes major conceptual or serious (fatal) computational errors
Does not justify most of the mathematical statements
Does not use mathematical reasoning
Little, no use, or inappropriate use of mathematical language and notation
Disorganized and unclear work
No attempt to make connections to other topics
Does not appropriately use a model or representation
0 = You left the problem blank
: "Non-fatal" errors do not change the types of strategies that you would use tosolve a problem. "Fatal" errors will change the problem entirely.

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