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7th Grade Math with Mrs.

Cramton

Subject: 7th Grade Mathematics

Instructor: Mrs. Kristie Cramton

Room: 301

Phone: 727-7552 (ext.) 2301

Prep Period: 1:50 – 2:40

CPM Math Program


“College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM)” was originally an Eisenhower-funded grant program.
CPM teaching strategies focus on how students best learn and retain mathematics. Teaching
strategies rely on the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and are
based solidly on the methodological research in teaching mathematics. The research-based principles
that will guide the course are:
 Students should engage in problem-based lessons structured around a core idea.
 Guided by a knowledgeable teacher, students should interact in groups to foster mathematical
discourse.
 Practice with concepts and procedures should be spaced over time; that is, mastery comes over
time.

The research through this program has shown that overtime mastery of concepts is achieved because
of the way students are required to constantly review material that was presented earlier. This
procedure is called mixed based practice. Students will also be required to work collaboratively in
groups to discover through inquiry based strategies material and math concepts.

 Students learn ideas more deeply when they discuss ideas with classmates.
 Students learn ideas more usefully for other arenas when they learn by attacking problems—
ideally from the real world.
 Students learn ideas more permanently when they are required to engage and re-engage with
the ideas for months or even years.

These three principles (termed, respectively, as “cooperative learning,” “problem-based learning” and
“mixed, spaced practice”) have driven the development of the CPM textbooks from the beginning and
each year these principles are validated by more solid research to prove their effectiveness.

The following common core math practices will be observed daily in lessons.

Mathematical Practices
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
4. Model with mathematics.
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
6. Attend to precision.
7. Look for and make use of structure.
8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

Grading Policy/Homework

Grading will be calculated by using the following new system called Standards Based Grading! Students
will NOT be getting traditional grades, A,B,C,D’s but rather a proficiency rating. This transition will give both
the student and teacher a better idea of where the learner is in their educational process. More tailored lessons
and focused ideas can then be given to each learned to help in their growth. Students will be given a list of all
the standards that will be covered in each chapter throughout the school year. They will also see where and
when the standards will be tested summativly. A summative assessment will not be given until many formative
checks have occurred and the teacher and student are confident in checking the standard summativly.

Please check PowerSchool to see the list of standards that will be accessed this year. The grading will be
distinguished with the following scale:

Standards Based Grading:

AP- Advanced Proficient

P-Proficient

PP-Partially Proficient

NP-Not Proficient

Homework is still a very valuable learning tool which gives you the opportunity to
practice concepts and skills learned in class.

 Always show your work (thought process) when completing assignments.

 You will not receive full credit on assignments if you just have answers written down. How you
came up with your answer and your thinking process is just as important as the answer itself.

 Also, if you are incorrect, it is helpful to be able to see where you made your mistake.
Assignments are due on the assigned date at the beginning of the hour.

 Homework will be recorded per standard by the teacher.

Retake Policy

Retakes are the responsibility of the students. One important change this year is that students will have
recorded attempts in acquiring a proficient ranking in each standard. Our book allows for most standards to be
“retaken” because of the nature of the course. It is important to note that retakes may not be given on a
standard until much later than normal. The reason is because that particular standard may be seen in chapter 2
then again in chapter 5. Therefore, students will need to wait until chapter 5 to see if their understanding of
that particular standard has grown. However, if after the second, or third attempt the student is not proficient,
then I’m willing work with the student so their understanding will grow in that standard. The process of
obtaining a retake will be different for each student but will include:

Students must follow the retake process:

 A written request by the student including an explanation for requesting the retake.

 The student’s demonstration of effort to attain mastery learning which includes test corrections
and caught-up homework.

 Caught-up homework is defined as turning in at least 80% of formative assignments by their


original due date and having all assignments turned in before the summative assessment.

 Formative assignments will still be accepted for a grade up to the date of the summative
assessment, but will not be considered part of the 80% if turned in after their original due date.

 Effort must be made on ALL formative assessments. Turning in incomplete work does not
demonstrate an effort to attain mastery learning. If work is turned in incomplete it will not
count towards the 80% of formative assignments turned in by their original due date and will
have to be completed before the summative assessment to be eligible for a retake.

 The teacher’s approval for retake following steps a. and b.

 The student will be given the Advisory period for the retake.

Rules and Consequences

I follow the Love and Logic philosophy and the following explains how our classroom will operate.

1. I will treat you with respect, so you will know how to treat me.

2. Feel free to do anything that doesn’t cause a problem for anyone else.

3. If you cause a problem, I will ask you to solve it.

4. If you can’t solve the problem, or choose not to, I will do something.

5. What I do depends on the special person and the special situation.

6. If you feel something is unfair, whisper to me, “I’m not sure that’s fair,” and we will talk.
*Severe Disruptions will be sent immediately to the office. *All rules in the student handbook will also be enforced.

Phone:727-7552 ext. 2301

Email:

kcramton@richmond.k12.mi.us

Website:
mrscramton.weebly.com
Communication
Prep Hour: 1:50-2:40
Classroom Supplies
The items I’m requesting your child
bring everyday to class: Math
Reminder101 is also a good tool notebook and pencil, laptop,
to stay updated. I will use this textbook, or other mathematic tools
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Supply Wish List:
7th Grade Math Supply List:
 Kleenex
 Single subject notebook (one each quarter)
 Clorox Wipes/ Hand Sanitizer
 highlighters
 White Board Markers
 Pencils, pens
 Pencils
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My child and I have reviewed the course syllabus containing classroom procedures and expectations for Mrs. Cramton’s
7th grade Math class. By signing below, my child and I both acknowledge that the Richmond Middle School student code
of conduct applies to within the classroom as well. (Before signing, please be sure to thoroughly read the student code
of conduct.)
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