Algebra 2 Honors Course Outline ( Contact Information, Values, Learning Objectives, Teaching and Learning Techniques, Daily Expectations, Evaluation, Responsibility)
During School Hours: (8:00-3:30) Most of the time I will be in my classroom in room 311 in Annenberg or in my office adjacent to my classroom in the event it is being used. I will not be teaching classes during blocks B, D, and F. While I am more than happy to provide assistance on a walk-in basis, the best way to ensure that you will get some quality time in order to receive help is to schedule an appointment ahead of time.
If you cannot reach me during the day, I would suggest sending me an email as I will be checking email fairly frequently: (firstname.lastname@example.org). You may also leave a message on the message board in front of my office.
After School Hours:Use email as indicated above OR
Please note that this term I will be on duty in Mariboe on Friday evenings. As the term progresses and as I get a better sense of your need for extra-help outside of class as well as my own schedule, I will determine an appropriate arrangement to offer extra-help during the hours of evening study hall (8:00-10:00pm). In the beginning, please set up appointments in advance if you anticipate requiring help during this time period. We can then determine a location and time which will be convenient for you.
Note: Extra-help is not limited to Fri. evenings, in fact, seeking help when I'm on dorm duty is probably NOT the most effective arrangement for both the student and the faculty member.
We are all very fortunate to be part of this community both as teachers and as students. In everything that we do in our community and beyond it is understood that we will be guided by the following values:
Respect-Appreciation of and esteem for oneself, for others, and for the diversity of opinions and backgrounds at Peddie and in the larger community.
Honesty-A high regard for truth, sincerity in action, and genuine concern for honor and integrity.
Scholarship-Intellectual curiosity, active engagement in learning, and a foundation in the academic disciplines.
Balance-Time for work and play, a mix of mastery and experiment, and attention to mind, body, and spirit.
Courage-The quality that enables students to explore new ideas, to create imaginative solutions, to give and accept help, to make difficult decisions, and to grow into confident, compassionate adults.
These important values will provide the framework for our classroom rules.
- To develop your problem solving skills.
- To develop your ability to pose questions.
- To develop a solid understanding of the skills and concepts presented in this course so as to provide a foundation for the future study of mathematics.
- To develop your understanding of applications of mathematics involving real world situations.
- To develop your ability to communicate clearly your mathematical thoughts both verbally and in writing.
- To develop your ability to use both handheld and computer technology as a tool in your study of mathematics.
Teaching and Learning Techniques to include:
- Teacher-directed discussions of new material.
- Small-group discovery work through mathematics explorations.
- Individual discovery work through mathematics explorations.
- Daily written homework assignments.
- Daily opportunity for discussion of troublesome or challenging problems from previous or current assignments.
- Periodic review of previously studied topics.
- A course web page (http://falconnet.peddie.org/faculty/acaglieris) updated on a daily basis will be maintained as an ongoing record of material covered in class as well as assignments given on each day.
- Availability of teacher for individual and small-group assistance outside the class period. Extra-help is available, you are encouraged and invited to make full use of this resource.
- Unless otherwise noted, bring a paper copy of your textbook to class each day.
- Bring your graphing calculator to class each day.
- Bring a spiral notebook or binder to class (adequately stocked with loose leaf paper) for the purpose of taking notes. It is often likely that you will receive handouts which would be best organized in a three ring binder. Ultimately, you are encouraged to use whatever method works best for you. Remember though that note taking is not an optional activity in this class.
- Bring several pencils, a ruler, and an eraser to class each day.
- Be ready to turn in any homework assignments which are due on any given day. Whether your homework is collected or not, failing to complete your assignment will have a significant consequence on your ability to understand the previous work as well as the new material. You will be expected to make a serious effort to complete all portions of assigned problems prior to the beginning of the class for which the assignment is due.
- When work will be collected, it will be collected at the start of class. Any returned work will be placed in your class file at the back of the class and should be checked at the end of class.
- You may consume water in class but no soft drinks or food. Please refrain from chewing gum in class.
- Should you need to be excused during the course of class, you may excuse yourself at a convenient time so as to minimize disruption to the class. Please return promptly and avoid excusals near the end of the class period.
- Avoid missing any classes and be on time. Every minute counts! It's not just your time it's everyone elses too. If you are absent from class remember that it is your responsibility to make up the material.
- You will be informed ahead of time when you will be required to use your lap top in class. Unlike in other disciplines, using your laptop for note taking purposes is not very efficient. Furthermore, the physical act of taking notes by hand and processing and organizing the information is an important aspect of learning mathematics. On those occasions when you will be using your laptop in class, you absolutely may not use the lap-top for non-class related activities during the class period.
- Be attentive and cooperative in class. This is where the bulk of the learning takes place.
- Be diligent in terms of your note taking. The better your record of the work done in class the better chance you will have of understanding the ideas presented.
- Be diligent in terms of completing your homework assignments in a throrough manner. It is important that you devote an appropriate amount of quality time to your study of mathematics. Reinforcing the concepts and skills encountered in class is essential to anyone's chances of success in the study of mathematics. In particular, be sure to promptly make up any work that you may have missed owing to an absence. I am here to help you, but the responsibility is yours.
Your summative evaluation will be based on the letter system adopted at Peddie.
More specifically, your overall fall trimester grade will be arrived at as follows:
- Unit tests will account for 50% of your grade. In the event that you have an excused absence on the day of the test, you will be expected to arrange to makeup the test within two school days. In the event that you and your family are observing a religious holiday you may request a makeup date ahead of time.
- Quizzes will count for 15% of your grade.
- Problem solving journals will count for 10% of your grade.
- Individual homework assignments which are turned in for grading will count for 10% of your grade. In completing these particular homework assignments, unless otherwise stated, students will be expected to follow the guidelines on the Peddie statement regarding academic honesty.
- Small-group lab type projects possibly involving presentations in addition to a written component will count for 10% of your grade.
- Your summer assignment will count for 5% of your grade.
Your Transcript grade for the first trimester will be arrived at by the following formula: Transcript Grade = (2/3) (fall term grade) + (1/3) (fall exam grade)
Note: The weighting of any particular category may be changed in the event that the number of assignments in that category is not consistent with the previously designated weight. Cumulative grade will also reflect your growth as a student over the course of the term.
FAQ: What about class participation and preparation for class (daily h/w etc..)? Your fall trimester grade grade will be adjusted upwards, remain unchanged or shift downwards by one step on the grading scale depending on the quality of your participation in class as well as your level of preparation for class.
It is my responsibility to: be prepared for class, present the material in an organized manner at an appropriate level, provide an atmosphere conducive to learning mathematics, and to be available for extra-help outside of class. Your success both individually and as a group is my primary goal. Each student, however, must accept the ultimate responsibility for his or her own learning. Remember that "there is no entitlement" (Margaret Thatcher, former British Prime Minister).
The above instructions are intended as guidelines. Above all, I would like to stress the fact that you should not hesitate to seek extra-help if you are having difficulties. By following these guidelines you will considerably enhance your chances of having an enjoyable, successful, and rewarding year in your study of statistics..
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