Connected Mathematics Project Policy Sheet
(7th grade Math)
Students are expected to bring paper, pencil, agenda book, CMP unit book, and math folder to class every day.
Technology resources: smart phones (optional), graphing calculators, and chrome-books will be available to students as needed.
All students must keep an organized math folder. It should contain all parent letters (great study guide) for each unit, class notes, math glossary, assignments, teacher handouts, student tracker sheets, and returned quizzes and tests.
The grading scale for tests, quizzes, and overall math grade will be as follows:
A= 93-100% A-= 90-92% B+= 87-89% B= 83-86% B-= 80-82% C+= 77-79%
C= 73-76% C-= 70-72% D+= 67-69% D= 63-66% D-= 60-62% E= 59 and below.
If a student earns an “I” (incomplete), they have not met the expectations of the class. They will have limited time into the next trimester to earn a grade, or an “E” will result. Excessive absences and/or failure to make-up work missed may also result in an “E” for the trimester.
Summative assessments (unit tests)
At the end of each unit, there will be an individual assessment given. These form of assessments measure what the student has learned mathematically at the end of the unit. There will be typically 1-2 class periods spent in review including a “practice test” and review stations prior to the actual assessment. The tests will be worth 100 points. They will be a culmination of the whole unit. It is an expectation that in order to be “eligible” to take a unit test, a student must have earned 80% or higher (mastery) on all standard quizzes for the unit, as well as, have completed the “practice test” with 70% or higher.
There will be additional “academic support” provided during the school day and/or after-school for students who don’t receive “mastery” on standard quizzes prior to taking the unit test. If a student earns 100% on the practice test (unassisted), they won’t be required to take the unit test. There will also be retesting opportunities for students. The retesting window will close 2 weeks after the date of the unit test. Mandatory retesting will apply to students who fail the test. The date/time for these retesting opportunities will be announced in advance. The re-teaching opportunities will be provided either after school or during school. Once the student demonstrates mastery of the learning objective, an adjustment to their original test score will result. If a student is absent the day of the test, they will be required to take it during class the day they return.
The majority of the unit assessments will be completed online through MATHXL for school.com which is our learning management system (LMS) purchased through Prentice Hall in collaboration with Connected Math. Student accounts will be set up at the beginning of the year.
Formative assessments (standard quizzes)
The purpose of these assessments is to monitor student learning throughout the unit. Students are expected to track their quiz performance using their student tracking sheet. If students don’t earn mastery which is 80% or higher on the quizzes, they won’t be eligible to take the summative assessment. There will be academic support provided for those students who don’t receive mastery.
The curriculum we use, Connected Mathematics Project (CMP), is problem-centered. This means that the students will investigate mathematical ideas within the context of a real-life problem, as opposed to only looking at numbers. The students will spend much of class time working in “solo-time”, with a “shoulder partner”, and/or with their cooperative learning team trying to make sense of a problem. We will then summarize the investigation with a whole class discussion.
The homework problems assigned (Problem Boxes & ACE problems) will offer the student an opportunity to practice those ideas alone at home and/or with other team members in class. These problems are one method for the student to assess their own math understanding.
They can bring their insight and/or questions with them to class the next day. We will usually begin each class period going over those problems they may have had difficulties with or just want to discuss. Homework problems provide time to practice the math skills they are learning. It is very important they stay on top of their homework.
Each assignment will be worth 2 points each. All homework will be given a score of 2, 1.5, or 0. Most assignments are due the next day of class, unless otherwise instructed. Students will be graded based on their effort not on the number of problems correct. A “2” will be given if the work is complete (in pencil) and directions are followed. A “1.5” (75%) will be given if the assignment was late or not all problems have been attempted. A “0” will be given if the assignment is missing or less than half complete. A “0” will need to be made-up and completed which will then be re-issued a “1.5”.
All assignments and assessments are expected to be made up. It’s the student’s responsibility to obtain any missed work. Normally, the student will have as many days to make up missed work, as they have been absent. Arrangements can be made if an absence is extended. Students are recommended to get work ahead of time if they know they will be absent. All missed assessments (standard quizzes, tests, etc.) must be made up within a reasonable time determined by the student and teacher upon returning to school.
Enrichment (Carroll’s Cash, Bailey Bucks, Freddy Francs, and Tommy’s Tokens) will be available throughout the school year. Typically, the enrichment reinforces and/or further challenges the skills being taught in a particular unit. Since earning the “cash” requires the student to go above and beyond the normal expectations of class. Students must earn 100% on each enrichment activity to receive the “cash”. Students can choose whether to spend the “cash” on pulls from the candy jug or save them to spend at an end of the year math auction.
Flipped Classroom Activities:
Students will be viewing their math video lesson(s) online occasionally. This is called a "flipped" classroom. What this means is that the students’ “homework” might be watching their teacher teach the lesson from home, and then work on the skills (traditionally the homework) during class the next day. By watching the lesson from home, it provides more time for teacher support during class with students. Students will be required to watch the video lesson on You-Tube. There will be notes that you will fill in while viewing the video. When you come into class the next day, we'll dive right into the skill(s)’ practice portion of class. For students who don't have access to internet from home, we do encourage them to go to the library, relative or friend's house, or they are welcome to stay after-school to watch the lesson. There won’t be a “negative” consequence issued for students unable to view the online video lesson from home if they don’t have internet access. Students who violate the district technology-usage agreement will be restricted from using any source of technology in class for an indefinite amount of time.
Methods for finding a math video lesson:
1) Search in You Tube-The name of the lesson will be provided. For example, "MSA-Inv. 3-Solving 2-step equations"
2) With their phones, they can use their QR reader to scan the bar code I provided in class for them to pull up the lesson. (They like this method the best!)
3) Enter a URL link into your browser: As an example, http://youtu.be/1Mr41h9wz8g
4) If they have a You-Tube account, they can subscribe to my You-Tube channel.
Student Tracker Sheets
The student is responsible for monitoring their understanding of the learning objectives throughout each math unit on their “tracker sheet”. Based on their performance on the “standard quizzes”, they will earn “mastery”, “basic understanding”, or “not yet”. For students who haven’t earned “mastery” on the learning objectives for the unit, they will need academic support (typically 1-on-1 or small group) from the teacher. As the students are tracking their own progress, the teacher will also be tracking their progress on the learning objectives.
General Expectations (3 R’s)
Always be Ready for class (with necessary materials on time).
Always be Respectful to others.
Always be Responsible for yourself.