1. NEVER throw out your homework assignments, unless told to do so by ME. (We will always clean out our binders in class at the end of every chapter.)
2. Every day, please look over your chapter grade sheet in your team folder when you come into class, for that is your running record of completed daily work. If you turn in a lesson, you will get it back the next day, STAMPED by me. If it’s in your binder and not stamped, then I never saw it. Turn it in to your team folder ASAP. Stay on top of your daily work.
3. Be here to work and communicate with your team every day for 60 minutes, for that’s your job. That’s why you’re here! I will do my job in helping you to understand and make sense of the teamwork, but I can’t do the work for you. Your success is dependent on your effort.
4. Use your class work time wisely (after our teamwork is done) to start and complete most of the homework assignment. I’m right here then to answer any questions you may have before heading home to finish the assignment. It is quiet, independent work time. Use the Homework Help online to help you stay on top of the material. Homework should only take you 15-20 minutes tops each day. You can easily devote that to your math studies. You can.
5. If you score a 0, 1, or 2 on any concept on the chapter tests, you will be given the opportunity to make corrections on that specific concept and learn from your mistakes. But putting in the time and energy BEFORE the chapter test is crucial and required. *Therefore, you must have at least a 2.0 or higher for that chapter’s daily work in order to be eligible to make corrections on a chapter test. That means that you DID put in some time and energy in learning the math but are still struggling a bit. No worries. I will work with you to help you better understand the math and raise your overall grade through corrections. (But again, you must show the effort during the chapter first.)
6. If you want/need extra help on any given assignment or concept, please don’t hesitate to ask!!! Come on in anytime between 8:00-8:30 or 3:35-4:00. I’m here!
7. Get to class ON TIME. Punctuality says a lot about a person and sends a great message to your teachers. We hit the ground running with the day’s Math Minute right away! If you are late, then sign in on the clipboard in the back. Don’t bother the class or cause a disruption. You can waste your own time but not ours. Thank you.
8. Above all things, you need to be an advocate for yourself! Meaning, TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR LEARNING. Ask questions when confused. Communicate concerns when they arise. Use this final year before high school to learn how to be an effective student. I will do all I can to help you! But you must meet me at least half way.
9. Relax. You CAN do this math. You WILL do this math.
10. Smile! Math is FUN! Trust me.