We have just completed the 4 1/2 week mark for the 2nd quarter and finished our unit over ratios. Moving forward, we will use our understanding of ratios to calculate percentages and measurement conversions. We will also begin converting between fractions, decimals, and percents and working with evaluating expressions and equations.
As a reminder for the students, they should be working on the Mathia software (Carnegie Learning) independently to provide extra reinforcement of what was discussed and learned in the classroom. Adding to the time we go to the computer lab as a class bi weekly, they should have completed 5 hours by the end of the 9 weeks.
The first quarter has come to an end! Only 3 more left!
Now we are ready to roll! Our topics for the next 9 weeks include:
Throughout the year, students will be taking a "Daily Quiz" over topics that we have covered in class. These quizzes are only 5 questions and all set up the same, with the first two questions as calculations, the second two questions open response word problems, and the last question multiple choice. Students will have between 12-15 mins to complete one quiz. Quizzes will take place 2 or 3 days after the topic has been covered in class. The quizzes will not always be announced, so students should be sure to study the material nightly to be sure they know it. All test will be announced with no less than 1 weeks notice with test being taken every 4 1/2 weeks.
Notes and Study Guides
We have a spiral notebook that we keep all of our notes for the year. NO Paper should be torn out! This will serve as the main source of study material. In the students textbook, at the end of each chapter, is a "Chapter Summary" and should serve as the second source of study material. NO additional study guides will be given.
1. Don't attempt to cram all your studying into one session.
Ever find yourself up late at night expending more energy trying to keep your eyelids open than you are studying? If so, it's time for a change. If you want to become a successful student then you need to learn to be consistent in your studies and to have regular, yet shorter, study periods.
2. Plan when you're going to study.
. Students who study sporadically and whimsically typically do not perform as well as students who have a set study schedule. Even if you're all caught up with your studies, creating a weekly routine, where you set aside a period of time a few days a week, to review your courses will ensure you develop habits that will enable you to succeed in your education long term.
3. Study at the same time.
You'll be mentally and emotionally more prepared for each study session and each study session will become more productive. If you have to change your schedule from time to time due to unexpected events, that's okay, but get back on your routine as soon as the event has passed.
4. Each study time should have a specific goal.
Before you start studying, set a study session goal that supports your overall academic goal (i.e. memorize 30 vocabulary words in order to ace the vocabulary section on an upcoming Spanish test.)
5. Never procrastinate your planned study session.
If you procrastinate your study session, your studying will become much less effective and you may not get everything accomplished that you need to. Procrastination also leads to rushing, and rushing is the number one cause of errors.
6. Start with the most difficult subject first.
Believe it or not, starting with the most difficult subject will greatly improve the effectiveness of your study sessions, and your academic performance.
7. Always review your notes before starting an assignment.
Before you start each study session, and before you start a particular assignment, review your notes thoroughly to make sure you know how to complete the assignment correctly.
8. Make sure you're not distracted while you're studying.
Before you start studying find a place where you won't be disturbed or distracted. For some people this is a quiet cubical in the recesses of the library. For others is in a common area where there is a little background noise.
9. Use study groups effectively.
I hope everyone has had a great summer and is ready to be back at school! There are so many exciting things happening this first few weeks!
Thanks to everyone's participation with the cookie dough fundraiser last year, we were able to get a new gym floor! This year our school goal is to add a walking track in the back of the school for students to walk. This will give students a safe place to enjoy the outdoors without having to walk in the parking lots. Your student should have brought home information about the fundraiser on Monday, Aug. 14.
No school on Aug 21. (Solar Eclipse)
Fall Picture Day Thursday, Aug. 24.
Topics for this 4 1/2 weeks include:
All exams will be taken on the following dates. Any missed exams will need to be taken during the summer when administrators return.
Tuesday, May 23rd
5th-8th Period Exams
Wednesday, May 24
1st - 4th Period Exams
I hope everyone enjoyed the break! We are now down to the final 9 weeks! We are finishing up the geometry unit and will finish with Statistics. (Types of displays, measures of center, Mean absolute deviation, 5 number summary, box and whisker plots)
We will be finishing up distance and reflections on the coordinate plane this week and starting our geometry unit. Topics include:
********* CFA date has been moved to March 13-15. *************
Topics for the next 4 1/2 weeks.
Topics for the next 4 1/2 weeks
Students complete a list of 8 to 9 questions daily to review all material covered throughout the year (Problems of the Day). It is reccommended that they use this time to reflect on what they know and what they don't and ask questions accordingly. If they are not able to complete the questions in the time period given in class, they should complete them at home. On Friday, we go over all questions.
Students should be prepared for two to three quizzes a week. All quizzes are 5 questions and cover topics that are currently being taught with a few days in between to study. The quizzes are in a folder and are stored in class. Students are encouraged to take the folders home weekly to review or study if needed.
Our textbook is non traditional, so it can be difficult to find and exact procedure for certain concepts. There is at the end of each chapter a summary that breaks down the chapter into each lesson and has an example of the procedure there. Students also have a spiral notebook in which they keep notes and other examples in. This should be the first resource they use when looking for assistance.
For extra practice problems, I encourage students to use the Mathia X software and the online textbook resources. Log in information about the online textbook can be found on the student rescources page. Google classroom has a short video of how to log in and use the website.
Online assignments will be posted the same. Our scheduled time in the computer lab will be the same (one day every other week.) Reminder: Computer lab 400 is open to students every Tues, Wed, and Thursday morning starting at 7:30. Students will have two weeks to complete TenMarks assignments with at least 80% or higher. The second attempt will be posted after the first week.
Students should also complete 5 hours of practice on the Mathia X software for the 9 weeks.
All TenMarks assignments are due by the end of the day Monday, December 19th. Required time for Mathia X is also due by Monday, December 19th.
Semester Exam will be cumulative. So it will cover all topics studied since August. A list can be found on google classroom.