How to Succeedin Math Tips, Ideas & Resources from Ms. K, Kiowa Team
MATH – “It’s As Easy as 1, 2, 3” No. 1 – Successful Attitude • You have nothing to fear but fear itself! • Math can be fun! No. 2 – A Winning Team • An “eager to learn” student. • An experienced and helpful teacher! • Supportive family and staff! No. 3 – A Productive Plan • Failing to plan is planning to fail. • Practice makes perfect.
Class Instructional Components • Reviewtime for homework & practice tests. • Digital Textbook used during lessons*. • Lessons designed for a variety of learning styles. • Note taking encourages involvement. • Independent practicewith daily homework. • Early detection of learning problems and challenges via Quizzes and Practice Tests. • Mastery assessment via Mid-Chapter and Chapter Tests. * Students may keep their assigned copy of the textbook at home. A classroom set is available to be used in the classroom.
Organized & Consistent Path Each Chapter Consists Of: 1st Half: • 4-5 Lessons (with Homework) • Quiz on 1st half of chapter • Practice Test on 1st half of chapter • Mid-Chapter Test on 1st half of chapter 2nd Half: • 4-5 Lessons (with Homework) • Quiz on 2nd half of chapter • Practice Test on entire chapter • Chapter Test on entire chapter • Vocabulary Test on entire chapter
Class Grading Policy • Homework & Practice Tests. Students complete this work independently; thus, points are given for timely completion. NO CREDIT FOR LATE WORK (EXCEPT BY EXCUSED ABSENCE). • Quizzes & Tests. Students complete this work in class and they are graded for accuracy. CREDIT FOR MAKE-UP QUIZZES & TESTS WILL BE GIVEN. (STUDENT NEEDS TO SET UP A TIME TO TAKE THE ASSESSMENT AFTER AN ABSENCE.) PLEASE CHECK GRADE SPEED OFTEN! https://dodusa.gradespeed.net/pc/studentlogin.aspx
Monitoring Progress & Grades • Students and parents are responsible for monitoring progress. • Lesson plans are published on my Teacher webpage at: http://www.am.dodea.edu/campbell/mahaffey/Classpages/LK208/LK208.html • Makeup work must be turned in promptly to receive credit. • Progress reports are e-mailed home every 3 weeks. That is too long to wait. Check GradeSpeed at least weekly! • Please Check GradeSpeed.net online:https://dodusa.gradespeed.net/pc/studentlogin.aspx =
HOMEWORK & STUDY PLANNER IN CLASS AT HOME • Ask questions! • Write down: • What is due. • How to do it. • When it is due. • Materials. • Time estimate. • Make it a priority ( plenty of time and quiet space). • Prepare a snack or drink so you can avoid stopping. • Use additional resources: • Study guides, class notes, examples in textbook. • Online tutoring, quizzes and help. • Parents, family and friends. • Other texts or resources from home or library. • Review your work for completeness & accuracy. • Pack up your completed work and set it where you will not forget it in the morning. • Get a good night’s sleep! AT LOCKER • Take home all the required materials.
HOMEWORK TROUBLESHOOTER Start Did you understand it? Points! Is your homework done? Is it complete & neat? Great Work! yes yes yes no Use the Homework Planner to improve your approach! no Did you use other resources? no no Were you Absent? Will you make it Up? yes yes yes no no Check the website for make-up work. Ask questions in class or come to Power Hour. You missed a chance to practice.
STUDENT/PARENT RESOURCES – PART I ONLINE TEXTBOOK = msmath2.net Our textbook publisher, Glencoe, provides excellent resources for parents and students to use at home to reinforce learning. No userid or special software is required! • Personal tutormsmath2.net/personal_tutor • Vocabulary reviewmsmath2.net/vocabulary_review • Extra examplesmsmath2.net/extra_examples • Self-check quizzesmsmath2.net/self_check_quiz • Study guidesmsmath2.net/study_guide
STUDENT/PARENT RESOURCES – PART II FROM CLASS OTHER SITES • Textbook Lessons • Class Notes • Appendices & Glossary • Additional problems • Selected answers AAA Math http://www.aaamath.com A+ Math http://www.aplusmath.com Drexel Math http://mathforum.org/students/ Math2 http://math2.org Math Goodies http://www.mathgoodies.com/students.html POWER HOUR Extra help can be given during Prime Time if both teachers give permission in advance.
Parent – Teacher Contact The best way to reach me is e-mail: Click on Teacher Pages and Ms K – 208 on the Mahaffey Middle School website: http://www.am.dodea.edu/campbell/mahaffey/ ~~~~ You can also reach me by phone; simply call our school office during school hours. 270.439.3792 Room 208 ~~~~ Conferences can be scheduled by e-mail or phone call.