November 4, 2011 - Students received three quizzes back this week. These quizzes are on the following topics: "Volume", "Rotations", and "Transformations". Please have your child share their graded work with you.
It is imperative for students to practice skills and concepts learned in class, so homework will be assigned when needed. Unless otherwise stated, all homework is due the next math class with the exception of the POW. All assignments should be completed in pencil. Students may need to refer back to examples in their notes to complete homework problems; therefore, students should take home their math binder along with the homework assignment. In order to receive credit for homework, all problems must be attempted with work shown and completed on time, unless a student is absent.
PROBLEM OF THE WEEK
Students will be assigned a new Problem of the Week (POW) every other week throughout the school year. Starting with POW #3, they will be assigned and due on Wednesdays. A week is given to complete this task and it must be handed in on the day that it is due in order to receive credit, unless a student is absent. Students who earn a grade of “Not at Standard” or a “1” will be given the opportunity to re-do the POW in order to bring their grade up to “Approaching Standard” (2). All POW’s that students take the opportunity to re-do must be handed back in within two days of receiving the original graded POW back. Please encourage your child to work on their POW early on in case it is necessary for them to check in with me to see if they are on the “right track”.
ABSENCES AND MAKEUP WORK
If a student is absent, it is his or her responsibility to find out what work needs to be made up and what notes need to be copied. For each day absent, students have that many days to make up the homework, test, or quizzes missed. A zero is received for any work not made up. Students should seek extra help if they have been absent for an extended period and need clarification.
Students should have a scientific calculator (not graphing) and bring it to class daily, whether we use it that day or not. It has been suggested to students to place thier calculator in a zipper pouch that can be placed in their 3-ring binders.
While it is important that students know and be able to apply basic math skills (knowing math facts), it is important that middle school students become proficient with using a calculator. By allowing the use of a calculator to eliminate time-consuming arithmetic calculations, students can gain a much greater and deeper understanding of mathematics.
NOTE: If your child continues to struggle with memorizing the multiplication tables (up to at least 10) please have them practice on a regular basis with either flashcards or possibly computer generated games to help strengthen this important skill.