Teacher: T. Rocker
Text: Glencoe Math-6th Grade
Course Description: 6th Grade Math reinforces basic mathematical concepts and introduces skills that are essential for all students. Concepts, procedures, and vocabulary that students will need in order to be successful in upper-level algebra and geometry courses are introduced and continually practiced. Students begin with a general review of the four basic operations. They are introduced to exponents, geometric formulas, algebraic concepts, ratios, percentages, and adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing signed numbers. 6th Grade Math students work extensively with fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, and estimating. Problem solving strategies are also an integral part of the curriculum.
•To prepare students for 7th grade mathematics and Pre-Algebra.
•For students to demonstrate comprehension and application of the above topics with a minimum of 80% proficiency.
•To prepare students for the ACT Aspire exam by covering the AL state standards and anchors for mathematics.
Homework: Homework will be assigned with every lesson and will be essential to the success of the student. 3 out of 5 assignments will be checked for completeness and corrections.
Quizzes: Quizzes will be given 2-3 times a marking period and will cover material taught in a span of 2-3 lessons. Quizzes are often announced, but sometimes quizzes can be unannounced.
Tests: Tests will be given after every chapter, or material that has been grouped together. A pre-test will be given prior to the teaching of chapter concepts. As we move through each concept in the chapter, students will be expected to correct any question related to that concept on the pre-test. Students should utilize the pre-test to prepare for the test. Any student who receives lower than an 80% on the graded test will take a re-test. It is the responsibility of the student to request a retest. Re-tests are to be made up within a week after the graded test has been returned to the student. Maximum grade received after the re-test is an 80%.
Grade will be calculated as follows:
Tests/Projects: 50% of student grade
Quizzes: 25% of student grade
Classwork/Homework: 25% of student grade
I strive to create a healthy classroom environment filled with praise, positive communication, and rewards for excellent behavior. It is a natural and acceptable part of adolescence that students will misbehave and make poor decisions from time to time. I believe that students can learn to take steps to modify behavior when such problems arise. In an effort to maintain our positive classroom environment, I ask for your assistance in supporting my discipline plan.
Action: Verbal warning.
Rationale: Allow student an opportunity to modify behavior.
Action: An entry is made in the student Discipline Log which the student will sign and write that s/he understands what it takes to avoid this behavior in the future. Depending on the severity of the behavior, parent contact could be initiated.
Rationale: The behavior has continued despite warning and a consequence is needed to focus student attention on the methods he/she can use to correct behavior. Depending on the severity of the infraction, the student might be given this opportunity to modify his/her behavior before contacting parents.
Action: An entry is made in the student Discipline Log which the student explains that s/he understands that this is the 3rd offense and the parent will be contacted. Parent is contacted regarding behavior.
Rationale: The behavior has continued despite warning and loss of recess. An additional consequence is needed to further focus student attention on the methods he/she can use to correct behavior. Parent contact is made to help modify behavior.
Action: An entry is made in the student Discipline Log. Parents are contacted and Administration is involved.
Rationale: The behavior has continued despite continued warnings and consequences. It is now time to bring resources outside the classroom teacher and family to correct student behavior.
Note: (I will exercise flexibility in implementing this discipline plan according to the severity of the behavior.)