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Schedule

  • Period 1 - Prep
    Period 2 - Geometry
    Period 3 - Geometry
    Period 4 - Geometry
    Period 5 - Algebra 2 / IB Math Studies Y1
    Period 6 - Geometry
    Period 7 - Prep

    Assignments, schedules, class handouts, etc, are available to students with an MCPS login in my Google Classrooms. Codes are posted on the board in my classroom; please email me for codes, if you don't have the one you need.

    2019-20 GOOGLE CLASSROOMS:
    Geometry
    IB Math Studies Y1/Algebra 2

Required Materials

  • Geometry:  

    • Construction tools: 
      • Straightedge/ruler
      • Compass (we use these A LOT, all year long, so get a decent one that will last)

        • Good:    Example of one of the better compasses                      NOT so good:  This type of compass doesn't last
      • Setsquare:  
        Examples of set squares
      • Protractor (if your setsquare has a protractor built in, you don't need to buy another)
    • 3-ring binder(s)
    • Loose-leaf paper
    • Pencils (preferred) and/or blue/black pen
    • RED pen
    • Graphing calculator (one on your phone is fine; calculators are available in the classroom and need not be brought to school)

     

    IB Math Studies Y1/Algebra 2:

    • 3-ring binder(s)
    • Loose-leaf paper
    • Pencils (preferred) and/or blue/black pen
    • RED pen
    • Graphing calculator (one on your phone is fine; calculators are available in the classroom and need not be brought to school) 

Take-Home Quizzes

  • Take-home quizzes are handed out in class after a chunk of material has been covered; they are corrected the next day in class.

    • These are corrected by STUDENTS in class, in RED, using a key I provide. 
      • Students will not get ANY credit unless/until their work is corrected/edited/improved satisfactorily! 
    • There are a total of 4 points possible for each target:
      4 = correct solution, ALL work shown;
      3 = minor errors, MOST work shown;
      2 = many errors, SOME work shown;
      1 = poor understanding and/or NO work shown;
      0 = not attempted (MUST still correct in class)
    • There's also 2 points for a complete heading
      (1 pt for a FULL name, 1 pt for the PERIOD).

    Take-home quizzes (THQ) are not worth much in terms of the percent of the overall grade. They are merely used as an indicator of student understanding of that chunk of material.

     

Tests (including "Quick Fixes" & "Retakes")

    1. There will be a test at the end of each module/chapter; longer sections may have mid-section tests. There will also be semester cumulative finals exams.
    2. I REQUIRE each student to create a one-page summary of each module/unit/chapter (detailing each new lesson/section covered) in preparation for each test, as well as encouraging them to use other studying strategies. These summaries will be collected at the time of the test, but they will only be used as an indicator of preparation and will not affect the test grade. If you are not adequately prepared for tests, YOU haven't done your job.
    3. Whether or not you are allowed to use notes, and what you may use for notes, will depend upon the content being covered (sometimes you will get to use NO notes, other times you might be allowed to use your OWN SUMMARY, and other times you might be provided with a formula sheet, to name a few of the possibilities). We will discuss it in class prior to each test.
    4. Tests are limited to the amount of time in the period out of courtesy to other teachers/classes/students. 
      1. You will get one page of a test at a time.
      2. You will not be able to change your work/answers on any page once you have turned it in.
      3. Do not request subsequent pages if you are not sure you have enough time to finish them. Once you have started a page - and seen the remaining questions - you MAY NOT stop and come back later to finish that page.
      4. You MUST make arrangements to finish the test outside of regular class time (WITHIN 24 HOURS), when you have more time available and the room is open.
      • If you are adequately prepared, one period should be enough to finish a test.
    5. Once tests are graded, they will be handed out in class for students to see their individual results, but STUDENTS WILL NOT KEEP THEIR TESTS.
      • All materials other than a red pen must be put away (except calculators, when appropriate).
      • Students will be given 5 minutes to look at their initial results and to adjust their response to any "Quick Fix" questions (see below).
      • Students will turn their tests back in when time is up. Quick Fixes will be re-graded, and test grades will be entered and made available in Q; students' tests will be filed in their individual folder and housed in the "Test Crate" in my room.
      • Students may come look at their tests and work on corrections outside of class before/after school and/or during Office Hours (unless there is a substitute).
      • If any tests go missing from the folder, those grades will revert to zeros until the original test is returned. Students may NOT take pictures of, write down, or in any way take the questions from the test out of the room.
    6. The "Quick Fix" (does not apply to IB Maths Y2)
      • We all make minor mistakes (e.g., forgotten units, simplifying incorrectly/incompletely, rounding errors, etc), and deserve a chance to fix them. Especially since they don't generally indicate a lack of understanding of the main concept.
      • Questions which fall into this category will be marked "QF" on the initial grading of the test.
      • When students get their tests back, they will have 5 minutes to look over their tests and attempt to revise their solutions these "QF" problems.
      • The error must be corrected IN RED on the original test, without erasing any of the original work done on the test.
      • If the error is early on in the problem, the student must also fix the work that follows the error, so that they achieve the correct result.
      • The student may not ask for help from the teacher or another student.
      • The QF must be completed immediately upon first looking at the first attempt on the test; students may not leave and return later for a QF. 
      • QFs are left blank in Q and count as a zero until the student comes in to attempt to work the problem correctly. Once the student has completed the QF, the grade in Q will be updated appropriately.
    7. The "Test Retake" (does not apply to IB Maths Y2)
      • Each student will be ble to retake any ONE test during the semester (except a Final Exam) for an opportunity to demonstrate a better level of mastery PROVIDED THAT THEY ARE ABLE TO SHOW THAT THEY HAVE COMPLETED ALL THE HOMEWORK OVER THE TOPICS COVERED.
      • Regardless of what notes were allowed for the first attempt, NO NOTES will be used on retakes. Specific formulae/definitions may be provided, at the discretion of the teacher.
      • The student will NOT have to repeat questions that cover targets that were already met (i.e., you only have to retake the ones you missed, not the entire test). 
      • The question(s) will cover the same target(s), but they may be distinctly different from or somewhat similar to the original question(s).
      • The student MUST correct the problems they wish to retake PRIOR to submitting a "Retake Request Form," and they must attach their original test WITH CORRECTIONS completed in RED on the ORIGINAL test.
      • The student MUST fill out a "Retake Request Form" AT LEAST 48 HOURS prior to when they would like to come in for it.
        • Attach the Retake Request Form to the FRONT of the original test.
        • Turn both in to me.
        • If you want to come in some time OTHER than Wednesday Office Hours, make sure the time you want to come in will be sufficient for what you need to get done - you get one shot at it, once you've seen the question(s)!
      • The student will receive the higher of their scores on the original and the retake.
      • The deadline for retakes is the Thursday PRIOR to Finals Week. Obviously, there's good reason to take a retake soon after the original test. However, consider that the first test you struggle with might not be the hardest test - plan accordingly!
    8. I grade based on mastery of the identified targets; each question, linked to a target or standard in the MCPS Mathematics curriculum, will appear as a single grade in Q. If you want to know what an overall grade was on any test, you'll need to generate a PROGRESS REPORT in Q.
    9. Absences:  If a student does not have any grades for a single test, (s)he needs to come in to make it up. These blanks COUNT AS ZEROS until the student makes up the test. Please know that I will NOT chase down and remind students who have been absent!

Grading

    • IMPORTANT:  GRADES IN Q are easiest to understand if you run a PROGRESS REPORT for the semester (click the printer icon next to my class title in the assignment listing; let me know if you have problems!). That way you'll see each quiz and test score as a number correct out of the total, as a percent, and as a letter grade. You'll also see which questions corresponded to which targets, as well as the score on each individual question/target.
    • Take-Home Quiz (THQ) scores are one of two categories in Q. Within each test unit/chapter, THQs count a total of 10% toward the overall unit/chapter grade. NOTE: THQs corrected the day before a test will not be collected until the day of the test, allowing students to have them to use to help study for the test.
      • Parents, please ask to see your student's notebook, and take a look at their THQs. PLEASE DO THIS OFTEN! If they're not doing well on those, they're not likely to do well on the tests. It's also highly unlikely they are doing their homework, so ask to see that, too!
    • TEST scores are listed by question in Q. This category counts 80% toward the overall unit grade.
      • Each question is tied to one or more targets/standards from our district curriculum. The target/standard will be described in Q.
      • The point value for each question may vary depending upon question type/difficulty, but a "0" indicates the student did NOT master the target/standard.
      • If a student took a test but a SINGLE QUESTION has no score, then the student made such a minor error that they are being given a chance to identify that error to receive the point (as opposed to having to retake the question). See "Quick Fix," under "Tests," above.
    • In general, when you're looking at Q if you see all blanks for every question on a single THQ or test, the student needs to make that THQ/test up (it counts as a zero, until they have done so).
    • ALL MISSING WORK MUST BE MADE UP. Math is not a subject that allows for skipping of chunks of the content, and you will not be as successful as you could be if you do not complete all assignments/THQs/tests. However, I follow the building deadlines for missing DAILY work. In Q, the score will be entered (for reference, only) but it will be marked "L" - a code for work turned in after school cut-off date - and it will count as a ZERO in the overall grade. TESTS should be taken in advance of a known/pre-arranged/school-related absence and as soon as possible upon return for unexpected absences.
    • Final Exam grades count 10% towards the overall semester grade.


    Geometry/IB Math Studies Y1 (Algebra 2):

    Students are summatively assessed on how well they are able to demonstrate their mastery of the targets and standards for the course as measured on tests. I use standard rounding and round to the nearest whole number.

    Take-home quizzes are 5% of the overall grade; tests are 85% of the overall grade; semester exams are worth 10% of the semester grade.

    Grading scale:

     90 - 100%
     80 -   89%
     70 -   79%
     60 -   69%
     < 59%

     

My Philosophy

  • While not everybody is cut out to be a mathematician, everybody CAN learn math.
     
    Each of us - teacher, student, parent - has a job. 
      • Teacher:  Instruct, guide, and assess learning.

        I will provide daily notes and homework assignments. We will complete concept checks (called "CC" in Q; see HW Lists/Schedules), but the grade will come almost entirely from summative assessments ("tests"; see Policies) and the students' ability to demonstrate mastery of concepts/standards.

      • Student:  Practice regularly and learn.

        Most importantly, DON'T MISS CLASS if you don't have to; if you must miss, get caught up as quickly as possible! However, to be successful you must also take/get notes, participate in class, ask questions,
        complete homework, and keep an organized notebook of all your work. While you might be able to skip a problem here or there in the HW (some problems are intended for the most basic skills), not completing HW every day is an almost certain path to failure. Come in for help the first time you get stuck; if you wait until you're in over your head, well... you're in over your head.

      • Parent(s):  Make sure your student and I are doing our jobs.

        Get on Q regularly. Ask to see your student's notebook and homework regularly. Check what they're doing against my published assignments (see HW Lists/Schedules). Make sure HW is getting completed every day. Encourage your student to come in regularly for help (particularly if they are spending more than an hour a night on math homework). And PLEASE EMAIL ME if you have concerns or questions! They still need your involvement, supervision, and guidance, even in high school.
     

    &quot;Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.&quot; Albert Einstein

Useful Links & Online Resources

  • Graph Paper (USE THIS LINK) - Choose from a 6-to-a-side sheet, a 3-to-a-side sheet, a full-page sheet, or 3-D graph paper.

    Math Tutorials

    GeoGebra  The Materials section (which is what the link goes to) provides thousands of files created by others using this geometry/algebra open-source software. Its strength is definitely its geometry capabilities, but it has better integration with algebra than the expensive software widely available. You can use it entirely on the web, or download a free version. When you've seen what it can do, try creating your own demo!
    Also check out GeoGebraTube... 100Ks free and interactive materials!.
     
    Khan Academy  Renowned for it's succinct videos explaining individual concepts on just about everything math/science, you can set yourself on a path of life-long learning, here! But MATH is where it's at, at Khan Academy!
     
    YouTube (educational only!) - As long as you stick to the academic channels, there's a LOT available on YouTube! This link takes you to a listing of the various educational channels you might browse.
     
    IXL.com Math - Choose 10th grade (Geometry) or 11th grade (Algebra 2). Questions increase in difficulty as you improve!
     
    Calculus 1 - Free online course via Ohio State U & Coursera.
     
    PatrickJMT (Just Math Tutorials) - Making free and hopefully useful math videos for the world!
     
    One Mathematical Cat - Over 300 math lessons (Algebra 1 through Calculus) with unlimited, randomly-generated exercises and worksheets.
     
     
     
    Trigonometric Graphing - NCTM's "Illuminations" graphing sine applet and activity, including vertical/horizontal shift, and changes in period/amplitude.
     
    Unit Circle Applet with Trig Graphs - From analyzemath.com, with sine, cosines, and tangent functions.
     
    Unit Circle Applet with Trig Graphs - From GeoGebra, with sine and cosine functions.
     
    Unit Circle & Sine/Cosine Graphs - Another from GeoGebra.
     
     
    Online Calculators
     
    Desmos Graphing Calculator - Free online graphing calculator. Easily one of the best graphing calculators freely available on the web!
     

    Miscellaneous Web Stuff...

    TedTalks:  Benoit Mandelbrot discusses his work with fractal geometry and the theory of roughness.

    Congruent Triangles Applet:  See which combinations produce congruent triangles (SSS, SAS, ASA, AAS).