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Welcome to Ms. Knook’s Class Room 232 Math 8 & Algebra
Needed Supplies • Pencils- at least 2 sharpened pencils in math each day • Extra Eraser • 3-ring binder for math only- 1½” will do • 5 divided sections: • Important Papers • Do-Now Activities • Notes/Classwork • Homework • Assessments/Graded Papers • Lined Notebook Paper • Graph Paper • Calculator (Please put your name on calculator) • Math 8: TI-34 Multiviewcalculator • Algebra: TI-83 or 84 plus Graphing Calculator • A zippered pencil case to hold pencils and calculator
Grading Breakdown • Grades will be based on the following weighted averages: • Tests/Projects: 50% • Quizzes: 30% • Homework: 20%
Homework Assignments • Homework is graded for either completeness or accuracy, depending on the assignment. If the homework grade is based on completeness, all homework problems must be attempted for full credit. • Homework is worth 3 points per day, on the days homework is given. Over the course of a marking period, homework is approximately worth 100 points. • Students can make up missing homework and gain full credit only when they attend either a lunch or afterschool homework make-up session AND complete the missing work. • If you are absent, you have as many days as you were absent to complete your missed assignments and turn them in. The same rule applies to missed tests, quizzes, and projects.
Absent Students • The student is responsible for any missing work • Absent students must get missed notes from other classmate • For all missed homework assignments, refer to the class website. • It is the student’s responsibility to let me know if he/she needs a worksheet/test/quiz • Any student has the amount of days he/she was absent to make up any missed work for full credit. • If you are planning on being absent, notify me ASAP to get assignments beforehand.
Retaking a Quiz or Test • Students can retake any quiz/test (except Algebra students cannot retake midterm or final) • Students are only eligible to retake an assessment if original grade is 75 or below. • All homework assignments must be turned in before able to retake • Student must complete corrections for original test or sit with me after school to work on corrections/review test • Use “After Math” worksheet for corrections • Retakes can only be taken during lunch or after school • Retake grade is final, goes into PowerSchool • Students have 1 week from when tests were returned to make corrections and 1 extra week to take retake • Please put any requests for retakes into the parking lot after “okayed” by me.
Extra Help • If you have questions or problems with your homework/classwork, please see me to arrange for extra help. • Do not hesitate to ask questions or let me know when you are struggling. • I am here to help; it is my goal to help each of you be successful this year!
Classroom Rules • Be Respectful: of your teacher, of your peers, of the learning time, of materials • Be Responsible: for being prepared to work, with assignments, cleaning workspace • Be Perseverant: keep working, keep trying, keep your group on track, ask questions, attempt it ALL ! • Come to class ready to learn.
School Rules • Transition quietly between classes • Be on time and prepared with all materials • Follow instructions the first time given • Respect self, others, space & property
Class Expectations • Bully Free Zone • If you expect respect, be the first one to show it! • Positivity is a MUST! • The only negative things allowed in class are numbers. • Follow class rules everyday • With every adult and student in the room
How Do I Know How I’m Doing? Consequences • 1st Time: Verbal Warning • 2nd Time: Lunch Detention • 3rd Time: After-School Detention & phone call home • Severe or Repeated: Sent to office and phone call home/conference Rewards • Verbal Acknowledgement • Parent Contact • Written Note Home • A stress free learning environment • A pleasant & orderly classroom atmosphere • A wonderful school year
Entering the Classroom • Come in Quietly • Get your materials and go directly to your seat. • Take out your homework to be checked and copy tonight’s homework in your agenda planner. • Complete “Do-Now” in your binder
Entering Class Late • Enter Quietly • Sign-in at the sign-out log & put any late pass/teacher note on my desk. • Go to your seat and get to work immediately. • After class, be sure to ask a classmate what you missed.
During the Lesson • Listen carefully, always be ready to take notes, respond, and participate. • Raise your hand to ask a question. • Transition quickly & quietly when moving into group work. • Use time wisely and complete classwork.
Heading for Lined Paper/Assignments Student # Name Class Period Assignment Title Date
Leaving Your Seats/Bathroom Procedure • Students must raise their hands to leave their seats for any reason. • When I am teaching, the answer is NO (unless it is an emergency) • If you need to use the bathroom: raise your hand and form a “L” with your fingers • I will either tell you its okay or not okay to go at that time • Only 1 student allowed at the bathroom at any time.
Getting Your Attention • When I need your attention, I will… • Stand in front of the class and raise my hand to begin counting silently with my fingers • When all 5 fingers are raised, students should be quiet and waiting for further instruction
Borrowing Materials • Calculators are part of students’ participation grade in class • If forgotten, the student’s CW/HW grade will lose a point (only have maximum of 2 points) • Textbooks will be used in class only, no one is permitted to take any out of classroom • Pencils can be borrowed and used in this class only • Repeat pencil borrowers will also begin to lose HW points • DO NOT get up during instructional time to sharpen your pencil- only during Do-Now time
Lost Papers • If any student loses a packet (notes/classwork or homework) he/she must stay after school with me to make a copy. • NO extras will be given out or copied during class time
After the Lesson/Activity • Complete an exit slip or closing activity • Turn in any work according to directions • Check that you have the homework copied into your agenda book • Clean your work area
End of Class Dismissal • I dismiss the class, not the bell or clock • Put all materials away when I say it is time to do so • Do NOT start packing up before I announce to do so • Stay in your seats until I dismiss your with, “Have a nice day!”
If you finish work early… • Check your work with other classmate • Read a book • Work ahead on other assignments • Finish any missing assignments • Work on an assignment from other class • Ask me to choose form the “Early Bird” Bin • Each student gets 1 pull per day when necessary
Classroom Discussions • Please participate • I want to hear what you have to say • Make all questions and comments relevant to the current discussion • If your question is off the topic, write it down, and ask later • Can also place question in parking lot
Group Work • Everyone listens to directions • Everyone participates in the activities and discussions • Everyone must respect others’ opinions and inputs • Everyone keeps all work and ideas in their own notebooks
When a school-wide announcement is made… • Stop talking • Listen to announcement • Then continue to work quietly.
When visitors are in the classroom… • Continue with your work • Be polite to the guest, answer any questions if asked • Maintain your work if I am called away • Maintain classroom rules & procedures
Responding to a Fire Drill • Line-up at the door quietly. • Listen for my instructions.