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Classroom Procedures, Rules, & Expectations

                                           

6th Grade Math

Classroom Procedures

 

Miss Lisa Lucente

Phone Number (330) 938-4335

E-mail: Lisa.Lucente@wbwarriors.org

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

As part of the Sixth Grade Math Common Core Curriculum, we will be covering:

Ratios and Proportional Relationships

  • Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.

The Number System

  • Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division to divide fractions by fractions.

  • Multiply and divide multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples.

  • Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers.

Expressions and Equations

  • Apply and extend previous understandings of arithmetic to algebraic expressions.

  • Reason about and solve one-variable equations and inequalities.

  • Represent and analyze quantitative relationships between dependent and independent variables.

Geometry

  • Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving area, surface area, and volume.

Statistics and Probability

  • Develop understanding of statistical variability.

  • Summarize and describe distributions.

 

Mathematical Practices:

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

  4. Model with mathematics.

  5. Use appropriate tools strategically.

  6. Attend to precision.

  7. Look for and make use of structure.

  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

 

Textbook:      Everyday Math McGraw     Hill Education 

 

Materials:

Students need to come to class everyday prepared and ready to succeed.  It is important that they have all the tools they will need to function in math each day. The following is a list of materials students need to have for class: 

  • Enthusiasm for learning ??

  • Math Folder

  • Spiral Notebook or loose leaf paper

  • Pencil Pouch with pencils, eraser, colored pencils and scissors

  • TI-34 Calculator

  • Chromebook, charged and ready to go.

  • Earbuds    

  • Textbooks will be kept in the classroom.         

 

Work Standards:

I expect QUALITY work at all times.  This means restating questions and writing complete sentences when asked to explain your thinking.  Writing “I do not understand” does not excuse the student from the assignment or being responsible for the material.  Instead, a question about the work should be written.

 

Grading:

Your math grade for each nine weeks is based on a Total Points System.  It is imperative that you complete and turn in assignments. LATE HOMEWORK WILL BE ACCEPTED BUT PENALIZED.  Please make sure your name is on every paper. Check over your work before turning it into the red tray. Careless mistakes can cost you points.  Grades will come from homework, class work, tests, quizzes, and class participation (individual and group).  Students are given many opportunities to maintain good grades. I set up each and every student for success!  

                                                                            Grading Scale

                                                                            100% - 93% A

                                                                             92% - 85%  B    

                                                                             84%-75%    C

                                                                             74%-65%    D

                                                                           Below 65%   F


Homework/ Class Work:

Homework is given to reinforce previously covered material and to practice the current material being taught.  A Weekly Spiral Review will be sent home on Monday with problems to be completed throughout the week. The Weekly Spiral Review is due on Friday and will be taken for a grade.  On occasion, class work may also be collected for a grade.

 

In an effort to help alleviate the issue of students not remembering how to do an assignment, or parents trying to help them but thinking,  “We didn’t learn math this way.”, students will be given class time to work on homework I would have traditionally assigned for practice of new material.  This way, help is readily available. However, if a student is not using this time wisely and the assignment is often times not completed, the work will be sent home with a note to complete and return the next day for credit.  Class time will not be given to complete the Weekly Spiral Review.


Late Work Policy:

Our job as parents and teachers is to make sure our children are learning responsibility.  My philosophy on late work can be compared to not paying a utility bill or taxes on time. If adults have the electricity shut off for not paying a bill, it doesn’t mean that they will NEVER get electricity back, but that they will have to pay a penalty and be inconvenienced until the power is turned back on.  Even if a person does not pay taxes on time, the responsibility does not go away. The taxes (homework/assignment) still must be taken care of, and you will get some credit for it when it is. Therefore, my late work policy is as follows: Homework and minor self-checked assignments will be marked “on time” only at the beginning of the period. Unfinished homework is not accepted.   If you are turning it in late, it needs to be COMPLETE.

  1. To be regarded as on time, work must be completed by the beginning of the class on the day it is due.

  2. I understand that unexpected circumstances occur.  Therefore I will allow students 2 OOPS PASSES per NINE WEEKS which allows students to turn in a homework assignment ONE DAY later with NO penalty. 

  3. After TWO OOPS PASSES have been used, any homework not turned in on the day it is due (at the beginning of the period) is considered late and will be penalized.

  4. If you are absent when the assignment was given, you have a day per each day you were absent to makeup the assignment.

  5. Long term assignments (assignments made at least a week in advance, like the Weekly Spiral Review) are due the day of your return from an absence.

 

Absence Policy (excused absences only):

Students have one day per day absent to complete and turn in all make up work (Example: if Colin is absent on Tuesday, then his make-up work is due on Thursday.  I have found that if students are responsible and get their classwork and homework upon their return they are a more successful student and much happier! Make-up work is to be placed in the red tray and marked with the words “MAKE-UP”  and the dates absent. Any work students missed while absent will be on the “While You Were Out” bulletin board. Each day a student is absent will have a sheet detailing what work needs to be turned in and completed. It is the student’s responsibility to check the “While You Were Out” bulletin board, and take all of their make-up work.  Part of growing up is learning RESPONSIBILITY.   It is also the student’s responsibility to copy any missed notes from a classmate (buddy/partner).  If a student is absent the day a long term assignment is due, students are required to turn in the assignment immediately upon returning. If there is going to be a prolonged absence due to a vacation, please let me know in advance so I can get work together.

 

Planner/ Google Classroom:

The planner is used for keeping track of assignments and other tasks.  Students are issued a planner on the first day of school. Math assignments, found on the board, needs to be written in the appropriate section of the planner.  Using a planner will help students become more organized and manage their time accordingly.

All assignments will be posted in Google Classroom.  Google Classroom will be the go to resource when in need of materials or due dates.   

 

Classroom Expectations (The Bill of Rights):

The classroom Bill of Rights is simple. “The teacher has the right to teach and students have the right to learn.  Everyone will respect these rights.” Simply put, any actions that interfere with teaching and learning are unacceptable.  Students are expected to adhere to the West Branch Local Schools Student Code of Conduct as well as these classroom expectations.  If you choose not to abide by the rules and regulations set forth in the Student Code of Conduct, you choose the associated consequences.

  1. BE PUNCTUAL.  Have materials out, have pencils sharpened, and be seated.  If there is an assignment on the board, write it down in your planner as soon as possible.

  2. BE PREPARED.  Bring all materials to class for each day.  If you need to borrow a pencil or paper, do so before class begins.

  3. BE RESPECTFUL.  The “Golden Rule” is my motto: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.  Follow all class and school rules. Do not talk while I am teaching or giving instructions.  If you have something to share, wait until you are acknowledged and then share. When doing class work, work quietly and be mindful of others.  Take care of classroom materials.

  4. BE RESPONSIBLE. Do all your class work and turn it in on time.  If you are absent, be sure to check the While Your Were Out” board to learn what you missed and complete any assignments by the timeline given.  

  5. BE ORGANIZED.  Know where your materials are.  Know what you need to do. Make sure your work is neat and organized.

  6. BE AN ACHIEVER.  Do your best in everything.  Try your hardest. Aim for success.  Get involved and ask questions.  


 

Survival Tips For Our Class:

  1. Follow our class rules at all times: DO WHAT’S RIGHT!

  2. Respect yourself, each other, and the teacher.

  3. Always use a PENCIL unless specifically told otherwise.  Mathematicians need to be able to make mistakes!

  4. Keep your materials organized and up-to-date.  It is very difficult to be prepared for class if you are not organized.  Make sure you arrive to class on time!

  5. Communicate any needs, concerns, or problems directly to your teacher.  I'm ALWAYS available to listen and try to help you in any way possible.

  6. Manage your time when long term assignments are given.  You know your schedule, so gauge your time accordingly. Take advantage of the time you are given in class to begin assignments.  Remember 10 minutes at school is like 30 minutes at home. You already have your books ready and material is fresh on your mind. No distractions!  Plus, if you have a question, I am here to answer the question and assist you.

  7. Be a good team member and classmate: Participate, give ideas, and listen to one another. Communication takes talking to one another and listening to others.