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Math 6 Boudreau

Syllabus

We’re excited to welcome you to another great year of math class! In this class we believe in a growth mindset and that math is a skill that any student can develop and improve. Making mistakes, taking risks, and pushing our limits are not only encouraged, but we are invited to enjoy the process as well!

- The 6th Grade Math Team

 

Course Outline:

6th Grade Math will implement the National Common Core State Standards (CCSS) including problem solving, algebraic reasoning, integers, the coordinate plane, number theory, fractions and decimals, proportional relationships, percents, data & statistics, geometric figures, measurement, multiple step equations and inequalities.

How the overall grade is determined:

Unit/Chapter Tests (50% of grade)

Homework and Classwork (50% of grade)

 

Homework Packets:

Homework will be assigned every day Monday through Thursday. All students will write the homework as well as the test and classwork schedules in their binder reminder each Mondays. All homework assignments can be found in a Homework Packet which is given at the start of the unit.

Students should not work more than 50 min on any night of homework (expected time is 20-30 min, but this varies from student to student). Students are expected to check their answers after completing their homework online on Google Classroom. We will go over the homework the next day to clear up any remaining misunderstandings or difficult problems.Homework Packets will be checked every day. Homework Packets will be turned in on the day of the test for a grade.

Weekly Check-Ins:

 Weekly Check-Ins are given on Fridays. Weekly Check-Ins contain identical questions from the week's assigned homework. Students should review and study the homework they completed for the week before doing their Weekly Check-In at the end of the week as it counts toward their Classwork Grade. However, that grade is correctable via the guidelines on the next page if they receive a poor score. 

Students are encouraged to maintain a growth mindset through these Check-Ins as they chart the steps towards mastery. They are meant to help students target areas of improvement before taking their Unit tests. Poor grades on tests and Check-Ins should be corrected for better understanding of mistakes and misconceptions. Students should seek out extra help or do extra practice/studying on missed problems and concepts as evidenced by these Check-Ins.

Corrections:

Corrections can be stapled to the back of any Weekly Check-In or Test and turned back in to the teacher and the grade will be raised to a C- (70%). These corrections must (a) be on a separate sheet of paper than the Check-In/Test being corrected, (b) have the correct answers to every missed problem (even the parts), (c) all of the correct work shown, and (d) a sentence describing the mistake made on the original Check-In/Test.

Participation:

Participation Points are given to students throughout the year for good behavior and effort in class. Points can also be deducted for poor behavior in class. These do not count toward a grade on their own. However, upon earning 20 participation points (tracked through ClassDojo) students will earn a Homework Pass. The Homework Pass can be stapled to the homework packet to excuse one page in the Homework Packet.

Unit Tests:

At the end of every unit students will have completed their Homework Packet and they can expect to turn it on the day of the upcoming Unit Test. Unit Tests will primarily encompass the concepts from the chapter of the textbook that was just completed but may include some things from other chapters as well. Corrections can be made to a Unit Test as well to raise the overall grade by one letter with a ‘B’ being the maximum.

Before the test is given, students are given a practice test beforehand. The problems on these practice tests are the same kinds of problems that will be given on the actual Unit Test. Therefore, students are highly encouraged to complete their practice test several times until they know what to do for every problem on the actual Unit Test. Answer keys to the practice test and links to print out additional copies as needed are available on Google Classroom.

Supplies:

1) a bound and quad-ruled (graph paper) composition notebook

2) A basic calculator

3) Plenty of pencils, erasers, and binder paper

4) A math section in students’ binder.

5) Internet access (please contact your teacher if you are concerned about this expectation)

6) A well fed and rested brain.

If at any point of the year you have a question or concern, the first step is to send an email!

Email is the best way to contact your math teacher.

 

Email address: aserigstad@scottsvalleyusd.org or jboudreau@scottsvalleyusd.org