Math Course Syllabus
- Areas of study
During the year, we will be studying many different areas of mathematics according to the Next Generation Learning Standards. Among these areas are, Ratio & Unit Rates, Arithmetic Operations, Rational Numbers, Expressions and Equations, Area, Surface Area, & Volume, and Statistics.
- Our textbook is Math in Focus and all students will have online access. This is great if you have computer access at home as you won’t have to bring your math textbook home. More information will be sent home with specific user names and passwords.
Classroom expectations and procedures/Activities/Recommended & Required Materials for class:
- Daily Lesson
Each class period includes a “Do Now”, which is a quick, daily review. Homework from the previous night is checked and discussed, with a quick question and answer session. This is followed by the daily mini-lesson and practice or Math Workshop. Usually time is given to begin homework so any questions may be addressed before leaving the classroom.
- Extra Help
Extra help can be given to students who seek me out during the first few minutes of lunch or during study hall time. Students with computer access may log on at home to the online textbook for a computer tutorial program. As there are many children on the team, students need to learn to take the initiative to ask for extra help. Parents can always write me a note in the planner or email any concerns.
Homework is given on most week nights. It is checked for quality, effort and understanding. Homework is viewed as an opportunity to see if students can do on their own what was learned and practiced in class. Homework must be written neatly into your planner daily. Parents can check for accuracy on Mrs. Sheahan’s website (see Wappingersschools.org)
- Be done in pencil
- Show all work and steps involved (NO ANSWERS ONLY!!!!)
- Be neat and well-organized
- Be complete (do all assigned problems, even if they are hard try as best you can)
Quality homework must be turned in on the day and time that it is due. Any child with missing, incomplete or poorly done homework will have their planner stamped “Homework Not Completed” and will need to make up the missing work for partial credit. This of course does not apply to students who were absent and will receive full credit once the makeup work is turned in. I record homework on a clipboard located on the front table where students can check on a regular basis to see if they owe any work.
Studies have shown that students who are not successful in math are usually the ones that do not do their homework on a consistent basis.
- Weekly Warm-Up
Weekly Warm-Ups are graded review sheets that are given to students on Fridays and are due on the following Thursday. This graded assignment reviews and keeps fresh in student’s minds what we are learning in class/ have learned. Students are allowed to use their notes, textbooks and ask for extra-help on this assignment. Students are encouraged to do corrections to bring their grade up if they received a 2.5 or below.
- Absent policy
It is the student’s responsibility to see me for any work that they owe. If they are out for one day, call a friend to see what they missed or check our website. If they are out for more than one day, parents must email me or call the school (227-1770) to request work from the teacher that can be picked up at the end of the school day or be sent home with a classmate/sibling. Many students do not put forth the effort to make up absent work and it ends up affecting their understanding and progress. Vacation is not considered a legal absence.
- Grading Procedures:
We will be following the district’s Standards based grading, elementary report card and the 1-4 rating system.
A short quiz is given several times during each chapter to assess progress. Proficiency Assessments are given after each unit. All assessments, as well as most quizzes and warm-ups will be sent home for parents to see and sign regardless of the grade. This way parents will be continually updated on progress and there will be no surprises on Report Cards.