COURSE TITLE: 7th Grade Mathematics
David Glasgow Farragut
Major Concepts/Content: Mathematics in the 7th grade is intended to solidify the foundation for the mathematics required for high school. This course will review basic concepts of whole numbers, fractions, and decimals while exposing the students to the rigor of solving problems. Elementary techniques of Algebra will be address in order that the students will have an easy transition from the concrete to the abstract of higher level mathematics.
Common Core: The focus of Common Core is the student understanding of complex mathematical concepts. It is this connection of mathematical formulas and theories to real-life application and reasoning that drives the curriculum. Its goal is to transcend the prior limited academic study of mathematics and prepare students for the real-life experience of mathematics as described by “College and Career Readiness“.
Standards: The curriculum for 7th grade mathematics aligns with the College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics which may be viewed on the DoDEA’s website. http://www.dodea.edu/Curriculum/Mathematics/upload/standards_tables_grade_7_august_2017_v6.pdfhttp://www.azed.gov/azccrs/.
Major Instructional Activities: Instructional activities include teaching students to plan, organize, and complete various activities using as many real-world models as possible . This course involves inductive reasoning, extended projects, classroom presentations by students, open-ended investigations, and written justification by students of the solution to the problems. Cooperative learning techniques and appropriate technology should be utilized throughout the course.
Major Evaluative Techniques: Many evaluative processes will be used to assess student’s written and oral work. These include but are not limited to multiple-choice, short-answer, discussion, or open-ended questions; homework; projects; and class presentations. Students will also be required to successfully complete written tests, which present problems with a range of difficulty based upon expectations for the course. Testing formats will include restricted time tests, and take-home tests. Assessment methods can be supplemented by student-produced analysis of problem situations, solutions to problems, and reports on investigation. Students will be provided the opportunity to do chapter projects that capture the concepts and skills presented throughout the chapter unit that emphasizes real world situations.
Essential Expectations: Upon successful completion of the 2nd semester of 7th Grade, the student should be deal with problems relating to the following:
Module I – Ratio and Proportions
Module II – Rational Numbers
Module III – Expressions and Equations
Module IV – Percent and Proportional Relationships
Module V – Statistics and Probability
Module VI – Geometry
Required Materials: Students are expected to bring appropriate materials to each class. They will need a three-ring binder to maintain their course materials. Students should also have a ruler, some colored pencils and a highlighter. Math students should always have a pencil ready. 🙂
Grading Policy: 90-100: A; 80-89: B; 70-79: C; 60-69: D; 59 or below: F. The lowest grade given for a failing “attempted” assignment is 50%.
Make-Up Tests: Students are encouraged to take a make-up during seminar for any quiz/test where they received a poor grade.
Weight: Generally homework will only count only about 10 percent of your grade, classwork about 35 percent, and tests will make up the following about 55 percent.
Being Successful : There will be at least one quiz given each week in addition to approximately two tests per quarter. If students do poorly on a quiz, they can request a second attempt to obtain a passing grade. The primary goal is to do whatever can be done to enable the student to achieve success.
Note Taking: One piece of preparing for high school and college is to take appropriate notes in class. Rare is the student who takes well organized notes who is unsuccessful in class. Parents are encouraged to periodically check their child’s notebook for organization and neatness.
Homework Policy: Late homework will only be accepted with a valid and substantial excuse from home.
Tardy Policy: This is a very rigorous course in mathematics, and students are required to be in class, on time and prepared to learn. Students will be marked tardy if they arrive to class without their textbook, notebook, or pencil.
Basic Rules: Very simply, be attentive and be courteous. Feel free to hold me to the same standard. Me as a middle school teacher and you as a math student, both know what is acceptable and not acceptable in a classroom. Let’s have a good year.
Tutoring / Extra Help: All students are encouraged to schedule time for extra help during their seminar period.
GradeSpeed: This is a web-based program that enables parents and students to log-in to view grade and attendance data for the student. Both parents and students are encouraged to monitor the student’s academic progress often. Parents must register at: dodea.gradespeed.net to establish a personal GradeSpeed access account.
Showing Your Work: As with any math class today, a correct answer is not the sole end in the grading process. The process in math is important. There could be many valid ways to arrive at a solution, yet showing your method is critical to your answer gaining full credit. Therefore – Show your work…
Contact: If there is an issue or concern, parents are encouraged to email me. Harold.firstname.lastname@example.org
Finally, the Ultimate Goal: