Geometry, McDougal Littell (Larson, Boswell, Kanold, Stiff
Geometry is useful, challenging, logical, and gives visual meaning to arithmetic and algebra. Engineers, architects, painters, carpenters, plumbers, teachers, electricians, machinists, and homebuilders are only a few of the people who use geometry in their daily work lives. Geometric principles are important in the construction of building and roads, the design and use of machinery and scientific instruments, the operation of airplanes, and the planning of new inventions. One of the main purposes of geometry is to help you appreciate the power of logic and spatial sense as tools for understanding the world around you.
- Three ring binder
- Notebook paper
- Single subject notebook (Journals)
- Pencils (NO PENS)
- Graph paper
- Scientific calculator
POD: Students will be given at least three math problems daily at the beginning of class.
Journals: Students are required to have a math journal in class daily. Entries into these journals may include journal prompt questions, error analysis, and summaries. Journals will be graded at the end of each unit.
Assignments: Regularly, students will have in-class assignments. These assignments will usually be drill practice out of the textbooks. These assignments must have the correct class heading, and will ALWAYS be due at the end of class.
Homework: Will be assigned almost everyday. Without practice and determined concentration the material will not be learned. Students have to be mentally committed and invested to succeed in algebra. Some tasks will seem easy, most will require a solid effort, but you will be challenged in this course. Homework will be checked at the beginning of every class. It must have the correct heading, and will be due at the end of each unit.
Homework grade will be based on the following:
- All problems attempted
- Answers must be circled
- Show your work not just the answers
- Assignment is done in pencil
- Assignment is generally neat: legible, no frayed edges, etc
Quizzes/Exams: Typically you will have a POD quiz once a week on Friday’s. Exams will be given upon the completion of each chapter or when significant enough material has been covered. Students will be given notice prior to the exam date.
You must store all notes, homework, tests, quizzes, handouts, and worksheets in your notebook. Homework assignments, your journal notebooks, and notes will be collected and graded at the end of each unit. You may clean out the math section of your notebook at the end of each semester, but good students will save necessary notes to study for exams.
Students will work in collaborative groups on a regular basis and approach problems conceptually. The only way students will master the concepts is by being actively involved in their learning.
Grading is based on a points system. Your grade will be determined based on the points you earn divided by the amount of receivable points.
F 0% - 59%
I sometimes hear even talented students say that they felt pressured to “cheat” or take shortcuts like copying answers from a partner or from the back of the text rather than doing their best work. There is nothing about Algebra that is more important than your honor and integrity. If I see you looking at another student's paper, I will treat it as a severe problem and will follow the cheating/plagiarism guide lines established by PSA.