Math III Syllabus
Within this course, our main focus is “How can we investigate functions and use mathematical ideas and practices to help us understand the relationships and patterns that exist in the world around us.” The world’s daily functions rely on mathematics and the proper application of them. Mathematics III requires more than knowing and doing math, but understanding the reasons for application. We will look at many different topics, but they all revolve around our main focus above.
The topics being covered this year include the following:
-Solving Equations & Inequalities -Function Families -Linear Systems
-Intro to Trigonometry Functions -Sequences & Series -Applying Geometry
-Exponential & Logarithmic Functions -Quadratic Functions -Polynomial Functions
How to Succeed:
To be a successful learner and student in Mathematics III this year:
- Contribute productively: Communicate your ideas respectfully and listen to others carefully to understand and build on their ideas.
- Take Risks: If you aren’t sure about your idea, that’s ok! Share your idea even if you don’t think you are correct. If you ask questions, share your mistakes and confusions, and you’ll come out on top! It’s easier to help you understand if I know what you’re struggling with.
- Work Persistently: Don’t give up, even if it’s hard for you. Build that grit that will get you through life! Ask for help, use resources, and keep trying!
- Study: Study for tests and quizzes more than the night before! Do your homework every day and stay on top of it!
Materials and Daily Supplies:
You will need to bring these things every day to class:
- Math Binder: 2-inch, three-ring binder
- 5 Tab dividers: Labels: Warm-ups, Notes, Homework, Assessments, Misc.
- Pencils with an eraser (Please no pens!)
- College-ruled notebook/filler paper & Graph paper
- Textbook & Graphing Calculator (Provided by CORE)
Participation, Attendance and Absence Policy:
It is vital that you attend class each day. In this classroom, it is expected that you contribute and participate in classroom discussions in order to help create and engaging, exciting, and productive learning environment. This year you will work and participated in individual, partner, small group, and full class discussions and activities. Appropriate participation is required. If we do an activity in class and you are not in attendance, you will not receive credit unless arrangements have been made, and/or you make it up within ONE school day.
Planned absences must be discussed in advance and arrangements made for getting work completed. It is solely YOUR responsibility to gather all materials needed before your absence. You must make up your missing assignments, quizzes, and tests within one day after returning. If there are extenuating circumstances, dates may be altered. However, if you are absent the day a project is due, it must be in my mailbox or emailed by noon on it’s due date.
All late homework is -50%. If you are absent for any tests or quizzes and no contact has been made, you will lose 10% each day. If you do not turn in your projects on the due date, you will lose 10% each day as well. No late work from a prior Learning Period (LP) will be accepted. If you do not turn in a week’s worth of work, a CV/MAR will be issued.
Reaching Mastery in Mathematics III requires grit and consistent practice. Homework assigned will be a combination of new and old concepts. It is vital that you keep up with past concepts in order to build on that prior knowledge.
About your Homework:
- You will have homework every night (M-F, unless otherwise noted)
- You will receive your “Weekly Assignment” sheet every Monday. This sheet will tell you what must be done every night. It will also be uploaded on our classroom webpage under the “Mathematics III” tab.
- Each Monday you will turn in your Assignment Sheet AND your completed assignments from the previous week.
- Your Homework will be graded off completion and that is was graded by your guardian at home.
- On the first day, you will be given two free homework passes each semester to turn in your homework up to a week late. If you lose your passes, the 50% late policy will hold.
- If you are ill and your absence has been verified, you will be given adequate time to turn in your work without a penalty. I must have contact from your parent/guardian in order to receive full credit (Email, phone call).
I will assign INDIVIDUAL homework quizzes approximately once a week. You make use your notes and completed homework to assist you with the quiz, but the quiz must be individual and taken without your textbook. The quizzes will be graded for accuracy. These quizzes will be used for you and I to check for your understanding of the concepts and standards. This will allow me to address misconceptions and misunderstandings before your Standard Quiz or Test.
I will be available for help at lunch on Mondays and Thursdays in my classroom. I will also be available from 11am-12pm on Wednesdays in another classroom TBD. If you cannot make it during these times, please contact me to schedule another time to meet.
I want to provide as much assistance as possible, and that includes time outside of our regular class time. During this time, I will be able to answer questions, provide extra help, and give you a quiet space to do your work with assistance. In certain situations, I may request you attend office hours for your academic benefit. If office hours are cancelled, I will announce in class, Google Classroom, or on the door.
I am here for you, and want to provide as many resources as I can for your success in this course. On my website, I have a whole page for class resources to assist with math concepts or topics you may be struggling with. Here are some resources you can use:
-Math Textbook -Khan Academy -Desmos
-Classmates -Office Hours -Contact teacher
The honor code at CORE is taken seriously, and I will not tolerate any cheating, plagiarizing, or any other form of Academic Dishonesty. This includes allowing other students to copy your work. If you are caught being Academically Dishonest, your parents and Mr. Harvey will be contacted and we will apply the following, per the CORE Student Handbook.
1st Offense: The student receives a zero on the assignment with no opportunity for make-up. The student's parents/guardians are advised that the student has violated the Honor Code.
2nd Offense: The student receives a zero on the assignment with no opportunity for makeup. The student's parents/guardians are advised that the student has violated the Honor Code. The student must relinquish any/all leadership positions (e.g., class or club officer, athletic captain, etc.) for a period of one calendar year from the date of the second offense.
3rd Offense: The student will be asked to withdraw from the program.
(Reference: Core Student Handbook, pgs. 12-13)
Standards Based Grading- Mathematics III
60% Standard Mastery
-Assessments: Group Quizzes, Tests, Projects
30% Work to Support:
-Daily Homework, classwork, group tasks, warm-ups (20%), Homework Quizzes (10%)
10% Habits of Success
-Classroom participation, Organization(Binder Checks and More)
Grading of Quizzes and Tests:
For Quizzes and Tests, the grading above will follow. Students will be graded on what they understand and the effort given for each standard. There may be multiple standards addressed in one problem, but when grading, I will make sure each standard has equal weight. I give assessments that require thinking and showing their thought processes. When grading the assessments, I will be able to see if conceptual or procedural mistakes are made and where the gaps in knowledge lie. For this reason, you will not see multiple-choice questions on your student’s assessments.
If a student shows their work correctly, but ends up with an incorrect answer, the student will receive a higher mark, as the conceptual understanding is shown, but a small error may have occurred within the calculations. If the student shows their work and thought process on their paper, it gives them a greater chance to have their grade represent their learning more accurately.
Each problem on the quiz or test will be out of 10 points, as shown in the table above. There may be multiple standards addressed within the problem, but the weight of the standards will be equivalent. Giving students an accurate grade based on their actual understanding will allow them to grow! Also, perseverance will be rewarding through reassessing.
Students will receive feedback on their work. I may not write a grade on a student’s work if they are struggling, but I will write a “See me” note. This will require the student to come talk to me and I can discuss the necessary feedback face-to-face. From here, I will suggest revisions/reassessments/retakes based off their effort to improve on these standards. Learning is a process and often their first grade received does not show their ability to master the standard. Math may be a struggle for some, and I do not want a number on their exam to make them feel that they are anything less than great! Speed is not what is important in a math class, it’s the ability to pursue learning and not give up.
If you have any questions or want more detail on my grading, please contact me!