Class Information

Math       8th Grade        Titans Team           Mrs. Shutty

 

Welcome to a new school year!  Below is some basic classroom information for the beginning of the year.  The information is most useful to you as a student, but I am asking you to share it with your family as well.  If any of the below information changes, you will be made aware of it.  I am looking forward to a great year!

 

New Program!

This year our school will be piloting a math textbook series, called College Preparatory Mathematics or CPM.  Research-based principles that have guided this course are:

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

In following this structure within the math classroom, students will work on real world problem solving skills, versus mathematical skills in isolation. On a daily bases students will apply the standards for mathematical practice to solve complex problems while communicating their thinking and understanding.

Class materials

Individual Class material

  • Three ring binder
  • Notebook/a pack of loose leaf paper/a pack of graph paper
  • Pencils (no pens!)
  • Calculator – Texas Instruments TI-30X IIS (recommended)

 

Class donated materials

  • Dry erase markers
  • Baby wipes
  • Lysol wipes
  • Tissues

 

Books

 

Students will be receiving their own individual text book this year.  They are responsible for it and will be expected to return the book in good shape at the end of the year.  They will also be receiving a student learning log.  The student learning log is to be kept in their binder.  An ebook is available to the students.  I encourage the student to use the ebook for homework, instead of transporting the textbook home.

 

Grades

 

Grades will be weighted as such:

 

Common assessments (unit tests)     60%

Classwork (class activities, quizzes, learning logs)         30%

Homework 10%

 

No late work will be accepted.

 

Retakes

Test corrections will require a full explanation of the mistakes made in order to show understanding of the concept.  Original test must be included with the retake explanation.  Lunch and TIE time will be made available if additional teacher instruction is needed.  Test corrections must be made within a week.

 

In order to do test corrections students must be maintaining an 80% homework average.