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ALGEBRA 1 COURSE DESCRIPTION Text: Publisher:

Algebra 1 McDougal Littell Company

Introduction:

This course presents and develops all the necessary topics for an algebra course. It is written for average and above average students who would like a solid preparation for high school mathematics. Algebra 1 is the basis for any other mathematics course you will take. Without the skills established in Algebra 1, you will not be able to excel this year or beyond.

Objectives:

The objectives of this class are 1) to provide a strong foundation of Algebra 1, 2) to help you become a more independent thinker, 3) to help present the topics in different ways to accommodate and show the different types of learning styles, 4) to help you develop problem solving techniques and 5) to increase the student’s appreciation of mathematics through seeing a wide range of mathematical backgrounds in different applicable fields.

Time Table:

1st Nine Weeks2nd Nine Weeks3rd Nine Weeks4th Nine Weeks-

Approach:

The major method of presentation is the lecture. Each topic is presented by showing the theoretical relationship to the practically solved problem. Homework is utilized to reinforce newly presented ideas with boardwork used to practice these methods. TI-Nspire is used to visualize the in-class work. Quizzes and homework are used as the information upon which an effective evaluation is made each quarter.

Grading:

Each students grade is calculated based on the number of points earned divided by the number of points possible during that particular grading period.

Scoring:

Tests: Quizzes:

Absences:

School Policy--It is the responsibility of the student to get and make up missed assignments or quizzes. For each day absent, you will have one day to make up the assignment for full credit. (i.e. If you are absent just once, on a b-day, then you have until the end of the next b-day to make up the missing homework, quiz or test. If you are absent just once, on an a-day, then you have until the end of the next a-day class to make up the missing homework, quiz or test.). Longer absences will allow for more time to make up the school work.

Approximately Chapters 1, 2 & 3 Approximately Chapters 4, 5 & 6 Approximately Chapters 7, 8 & 9 Approximately Chapters 10, 11 & 12

Worth 100 points (we will have 3-4 each quarter) Worth 20-75 points (we will have 3 or 4 each quarter) -Pop quizzes may occur and will be worth significantly less Homework: Worth 8 points (we will have around 20 each quarter) Notebook: Worth 2 points/section (will be checked occasionally)

Late Homework: If homework is not turned in on assigned date and an absence was not involved, the student has two weeks from the due date to turn the assignment in for half credit. After two weeks, the student will receive a zero for the assignment. Computer:

The student is to have his computer with him for every class. If the student fails to have his computer with him and does not have a note from the help desk, the student and teacher will work out an alternate plan to complete the assignment. From the second instance on, the student will receive a zero for the assignment(s).


Class Policies Late Work

Make-up Work

Daily Work Tests/Quizzes (also see below)

Notebook/ Binder Tutoring

On Task Pencil ONLY Dismissal

Late work may be turned in up to two weeks from the date it was due. No late work will be accepted after the two week window has passed. The only exception is in the case of an extended excused absence. Upon the student’s return from an excused absence, it is his responsibility to find out what he missed and to complete those assignments in due time (one extra class per class missed). Students need to also obtain missed warm-ups and notes from a classmate or teacher before/after school. Daily work such as warm-ups, classwork, and homework will be graded for completeness. Homework will be given on a daily basis. Tests will be given at the end of each chapter. Tests dates will be announced at least one week in advance to give time for review and questions. Quizzes may be given without prior notice. If a student misses a test, he is responsible for making it up on his own time based on how long he was absent. You will use OneNote to take your notes and to do your homework, warm ups, etc. It is an excellent study guide for review, quizzes, and tests. This organizational tool will be graded Students may obtain extra help outside of class time before school any day or after school by making an appointment with the teacher. NEVER hesitate to ask for help. I will do everything to help you succeed. Do not wait until the day before the test to ask for assistance! Mrs. Nay will also be available throughout the school year. It is expected that you will give 100% in all tasks. Any work not related to the assigned task will be confiscated. To receive credit on paper assignments/tests/quizzes, all work MUST be in PENCIL unless stated otherwise. I will dismiss the class at the end of the bell. Lining up at the door is NEVER permitted.

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