Sixth Grade Math Syllabus
Laurel Ridge Middle School 2016-2017
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students should be able to reason and communicate proficiently in
mathematics. They should have knowledge
of and skill in the use of vocabulary, forms of representation, materials,
tools, techniques and intellectual methods of the discipline of mathematics,
including the ability to define and solve problems with reason, insight,
inventiveness and technical proficiency.
Classroom Rules and Expectations: §
will respect everyone’s right to learn.”
for violating this rule will follow Laurel Ridge Middle School guidelines.
you may or may not know, the district is in the process in adopting a new math
curriculum for the secondary schools. We will be piloting the College Prep
Mathematics curriculum this year.
Students will have access to a textbook in class and will be able to
access an EBook online. Each student
will have a “toolkit” - note-taking book as well as a homework packet.
Practice Problems: Practice
problems will be assigned each night. Students will write the assignments in their
Tracker or you can find the assigned problems on the 6th Grade
Academic Calendar on the Sixth Grade Website.
parents express concern and frustration throughout the year in helping their
child with the practice assignments.
Please understand that in the introduction part of a new concept, your
child may struggle. This is called
“disequilibrium” and it is OKAY!!! There are steps to get them to the
understanding and maybe we have only covered step 1. Let them struggle. Let them be confused. It is OKAY. If you have one of those nights –30 minute
limit – write me a note on the practice assignment or send me an email and let
me know that you all hit the wall.
Please resist the temptation to show them an easier way in the
beginning. If we ask them to draw or
explain a problem, resist the urge to show them the algorithm to get them to an
answer to the problem. The answer may
not be what we are wanting from the student.
Please check our website for parent resources.
Grading: Proficiency will be assessed through multiple checkpoints spiraled
through the learning of each concept. Multiple checkpoints consist of
single learning target quizzes, exit tickets, mid-unit assessments, end-of-unit
assessments and a trimester final. This assessment practice will more closely
align with the high school, setting students up for future success.
Each checkpoint will include an
error-analysis component so students can identify areas that need improvement.
This allows students to advocate for extra help from classmates,
teachers, and parents which will better prepare them for the unit assessment.
All of the checkpoint grades and
trimester final will be weighted and included in a student’s final trimester
grade allowing students, parents, and teachers to see and track growth
throughout the unit.
Checkpoint #1 -
Quizzes, Exit Tickets, Team Quizzes, Partner Quizzes, Homework Quizzes
Checkpoint #2 -
Mid-point Unit Assessment
Checkpoint #3 - End
of Unit Assessment
Final - End of
of the Homework/Practice assignments will be assigned
points using this 2 point system:
2 pts. - complete practice assignment with work shown
and on time
1 pts. - practice assignment incomplete (no work
shown) or turned in late
0 pts - practice assignment not complete
practice assignments will appear in Synergy as one grade for the week.
Some of the homework
will be graded for accuracy such as the weekly Blues and test reviews.
Students will be able
to use homework as notes when taking quizzes in Checkpoint #1.
All work must be completed in pencil ONLY. All assignment and assessment dates are
available on 6th Grade Academic Calendar.
Absences: Students will be responsible for the work
assigned while they were absent. They
need to check the calendar for assignments as well as the absent box for any
worksheets. Students have the same
number of days to complete this absent work as the numbers of days they
missed. For example, if Jeff was absent
for 3 days, he has 3 school days to turn in this work without penalty.
Extra Help: Students should always take advantage of class time by asking
questions!! Coming in before school or
after school is a great way to get extra help with or without an
appointment. However, we may not always
be available due to meetings, but it never hurts to see if we are in our
Teacher Contact: Please feel free to contact
us by email or phone with any questions, concerns, or just to check in. We welcome communication and look forward to
working in community with you this year!