Honors Algebra (5130) Mrs. Lauretta Miller Course Requirements
The Rules of the GAME
NUMBER of players: any natural number
OBJECT of the game: To solve real-life math problems after mastering the language of algebra; to achieve a final score that meets your personal goal and that is indicative of how well you follow the rules listed below.
· desire to play; good thinking power (logic)/focus; willingness to work hard
· covered text (no contact paper)
· IBM ThinkPad; TI’84 Plus graphing calculator
· binder notebook; hole punch for insertion of worksheets
· pencils or pens(erasable); ruler and protractor; multi-click color pen; highlighter
· Homework is assigned daily. Answers to odd-numbered problems
are provided in the back of the text. Be sure to check these problems before arriving at class. You will have the opportunity to question me about the assignment and make necessary corrections at the beginning of each class. HW is posted daily on my website on “due date” rather than date assigned. Do it directly in your NB following that day’s notes. You are responsible for learning how to do every problem. Each assignment automatically includes the careful reading of the text’s coverage of the topic.
· Class Participation
You are expected to be active participants by taking notes, copying sample problems, questioning when confused, carefully listening to and responding to questions asked, and doing class drill work. Keep your notebook neat and well-organized; it will function as your “mini-textbook” and will be your study guide for this course. Test and quiz problems are often drawn from class or HW problems.
Mathematics is such a structured, sequential investigation that you truly handicap your understanding of the material with any ABSENCE. It is your responsibility to get class notes missed and to check to see if tests or quizzes were announced during your absence (refer to my website or contact a classmate). If you are absent on the day of a test or quiz (without missing actual lessons), be prepared to take test or quiz immediately on the day of your return (before school, at lunchtime, or after school). For an extended absence, you are to meet with me on the day of your return to arrange for lesson coverage and test/quiz make-up.
Homework is graded for effort, not accuracy using a 2, 1, 0 point system. The original problem and procedural steps must be written for full credit. It represents 10% of your marking period average.
Class work represents 10% of your marking period average.
Quizzes represent 30% and Tests represent 50% of your average. Quizzes are given on parts of chapters, tests at the conclusion of each chapter. Given the structured nature of math, much of this work is cumulative. If you are absent on the day of a test or quiz (without missing actual lessons), be prepared to take test or quiz immediately on the day of your return (before school, at lunchtime, or after school). For an extended absence, you will be expected to meet with me on the day of your return to arrange for lesson coverage and test/quiz make-up.
· Academic Honesty: A student’s performance on HW, quizzes, and
tests should be a clear indication of her understanding of the material. A student who gives her work to another to be copied is as guilty of intellectual dishonesty as the student who takes that work. Academic dishonesty is considered a very serious matter (see Handbook) and will be dealt with by the teacher and reported to the Principal.
· Extra Help is always available!! Be sure to take advantage of this
before homeroom, at lunch or after school – you can find me in room 204. Algebra is the foundation of all upper level mathematics. When you come to class, take notes, do HW, ask questions, and strive for true understanding of concepts, you will play the game well! Feel free to e-mail me at LMiller@ihahs.com as needed.
I look forward to sharing my love of math with you!! Remember, ALGEBRA is a GAME – Enjoy playing it!!!