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Course Expectations

 Mrs. Bobinis’ 6th Grade Mathematics Course Expectations

(2016-2017)

“Be Nice, Work Hard, and Get Involved”

Math Materials

This year, students will be using a new math series, “envision Math 2.0”.  In this series all materials will be provided and no additional materials are required. 

  •  Student Journals
    • Students will be given 2 student journals (1 at the beginning of the year and the other about halfway through the year). 
    • This journal is to come with students to class EACH day.
    •  The journal contains classwork and homework to be completed each day.
    •  If a student loses their journal, they will not be given a new one.
  •  Folder
    • Students will be given a folder, if they do not have one, to keep track of any papers that are acquired during the school year. 
    • This folder is to come to class EACH day.
  • Notebook
    • Students will be given a notebook, if they do not have one, to be used for notetaking or work space. 
    • This notebook is to come to class EACH day.
  •  Agenda
    • Each student is given an agenda, from the school, to keep track of homework.
    • Students are to bring their agenda to class EACH day.
  • Calculators
    • Students will be assigned a calculator to use during math class. 
    • A sign will be posted in the classroom if calculators are/are not allowed for the day’s lesson.
    • Calculators may NOT be removed from the classroom.
    • If students would like to purchase a calculator for use, at home, they may- but it is NOT required!
  • Pencil
    • Math work is to be completed in pencil, unless a special prize is won.
    • If you do not have a pencil, please borrow one from the jar. 

 

 

Assessment/Grades

Assessing students is the how I can tell what students are learning in class.  Assessment will occur in 6 forms:

1.     Mid-Topic Assessment- Halfway through a topic, students will be given a quiz to determine what they have learned so far in the unit.  This assessment will be taken on the computer.

2.     Topic Assessment- Students will complete a test at the end of each topic to determine information learned. This assessment will be taken on the computer.

3.     Benchmark Test- Students will complete a benchmark test after every 3 to 4 topics. These tests will include information learned throughout the until prior to the test.

4.     Lesson Quizzes- At the end of each lesson, students will be given a 5 question quiz.  This quiz will be used to determine the strong and weak areas for each individual student and where additional help is needed.  Sometimes the quiz will be counted as a grade in the gradebook, other times it will be used for determining where additional help is needed.

5.      Homework-At the end of each topic, homework points will be tallied together from the homework completed during the topic for a grade.

6.     Today’s Challenge- Students will be given a “Today’s Challenge” packet that will run the course of a topic.  The packet is due before the beginning of the next topic.

 

If you would like to check your child’s grade at any time, visit:  http://powerschool.shikbraves.org

 

 

Homework

I believe that homework is a crucial part of any learning experience.  It is designed to help students practice newly learned skills.  Homework is not busy work!

  •  Homework will be assigned a lesson at a time.  In math, a lesson will take anywhere between 1-3 days to complete.  Therefore, students will have 1-3 days to complete an assignment, based on how long the lesson took to complete.
  • Homework will be checked at the start of a new lesson.  Students will receive 0-2 points for its completion.
    • 0 points= no work done/no work shown
    • 1 point= some effort shown/no work shown
    • 2 points= effort shown/work shown
  •  At the end of a topic, all points will be added together and put into the gradebook for a topic homework grade.
  • Homework is graded based on effort and work shown, not on correct answers.  Students should NOT be using a calculator for homework, unless it is noted.
  • I DO accept late homework; however, all homework must be completed and shown to me, by the end of the topic.  If homework is completed after the topic is done, not points will be given.
  • Students will be assigned homework based on their performance in class.  Students will either be given a Red, Yellow, or Green assignment.  The differences in the assignments are just the types of problems that are completed for homework.
  • At the beginning of a topic, I will distribute a Topic Homework assignment sheet.  This sheet will be used to help guide students in determining what homework they are to complete.  This sheet is also required to be turned in at the end of each topic, so please don’t lose it!
  • Homework will be checked at the beginning of a lesson.  Students are responsible for checking their work and asking questions, as needed.  If a student is caught copying answers, they will receive a 0 for the assignment and will be unable to make up the work.
  • ALL work is to be shown on homework.  Without work, you cannot receive full credit!
  • Homework will also be listed on Homework Hotline, located under the Information tab on the SMS website.

Absent

What happens if I am absent?

  •  As soon as a student returns to school, they must check the “absent” section, located at the front of the room, for missed work.  Students are given the number of days they were absent to make up the missed work.  (Example- you miss 2 days of school, you have 2 days to make up the work.)
  • For any day a student misses school, they are to complete the RED homework assignment for that day.
  • If a student misses a day when an assignment is due, they are required to turn in this work the day they return to school. 
  •  If a student misses a test/quiz, they have 1 week to make up the test, on their time, before a zero is added to the grade book.

 

Discipline/Behavior

In our class, there are three very simple rules to be followed:   

                                    1.  Respect all people and property at all times

                                    2.  Come to class prepared to learn (Book, pencil, assignments, etc.)

                                    3.  Follow the rules established in the students’ handbook

 

In our classroom, I expect “Peace, Productivity, and Happiness” to be the focus.    However, if these rules are not followed, the following consequences will occur, in the order that they are listed.

1.     Verbal Warning

2.     Consultation (during school hours)

3.     Phone call home

4.     Consultation (after school hours)

5.     Referral to the office

 



How the classroom works

 

Entering Class

Q Students are to enter the room, only when the teacher gives permission.

Q  Upon entering the room, students are to place their homework on their desk.

Q After homework is out, students are to begin the bell ringer, which is listed on the board.  

Pencils/Erasers

Q  If you need your pencil sharpened, please ask before class starts.

Q  If you need a pencil or eraser, borrow one from the jar, and take a cone and place it on your desk.

Q  Return the pencil/eraser and return the cone when done borrowing it.

Restroom/Drink

Q  Drinks and restroom breaks are given at the discretion of the teacher. 

Ë They will only be allowed when active learning is not taking place.

Ë You MUST get your pass signed in order to leave the room.

Turn in Drawer

Q  Each class is assigned its own color of drawer.

Q   There will be an “IN” drawer for collecting materials.

Q  There will be an “OUT” drawer where materials to be returned to you are placed.

Seating

Q  There will be assigned seats, which will change randomly, at the teacher’s discretion or by using “Clock Buddies”.

Materials

Q  If you need a material that is not out, please ask.

Q  Paper is located on top of the bookshelves at all times.

Jobs

Q  Every few weeks jobs will be assigned to students who volunteer.

Ë If you do a job, you must also be able to complete your class work too!

Calculators

Q  Each student will be assigned a calculator number.  This is your calculator for the year!

Grades/Owed Work

Q  Grades and owed work will be posted for each class period, at the back of the room.  This information will be posted by student’s identification numbers.

PAX

Q  Students will be expected to be “PAX”ey at all times.  We are striving for peace, productivity, health, and happiness at all times in the classroom.

Q  PAX games will be played anywhere from 5-40 minutes.

Q  Classes can earn 0-2 points each day.  (0 points= not a great day, 1 point= ok day, 2 points=GREAT day).  Once the class earns 10 points, they can pick a prize from the PAX list.

Leaving the Room

Q  If a student leaves the room during class, they are to take a “jar” with the appropriate label and place it on their desk.  This way the teacher will know where you are.

Q  Permission must be given al ALL times, in order to leave the classroom.

Q  Students must have a pass in order to leave the room.

Q  Students are to remain in their seats, until the teacher dismisses them.  The bell doesn’t dismiss, the teacher does.

Q  Upon exiting the room, students are to push in their chairs and quickly move to their next class.