Welcome to Math

2016-2017                                                               Welcome to Math

 

Introduction:

My name is Mr. Timothy Duescher, pronounced “Disher,” and I will be teaching 7th grade math and Accelerated Math 7 in Room 221 at Washington.  My goal is for all students to learn mathematics, which is needed to be successful now and in the future.  Teaching and learning will be conducted in a motivated and disciplined learning environment, covering math objectives set by the district and the state.  If you ever have questions, I can be reached at 663-9772, e-mail me at dueschert@mpsd.k12.wi.us or meet me in person after school from 2:50-3:20 p.m., or later if needed.

 

Curriculum:

We will be covering the following mathematical ideas this year as part of the 7th grade curriculum:

1.  Introduction and Probability    

2.  Fractions and Integer Addition

3.  Arithmetic Properties

4.  Proportions and Expressions

5.  Probability and Solving Word Problems

6.  Solving Inequalities and Equations

7.  Proportions and Percents

8.  Statistics and Angle Relationships

9.  Circles and Volume

 

For Accelerated Math 7 we will cover the topics listed in 1 through 9 above also be covering some to most of the following topics listed below:

10.  Problem Solving

11.  Simplifying with Variables

12.  Graphs and Equations

13.  Multiple Representations

14.  Systems of Equations

15.  Transformations and Similarity

16.  Slope and Association

17.  Exponents and Functions

18.  Angles and the Pythagorean Theorem

19.  Surface Area and Volume

 

Materials:

All students will need the following items for class each and every day:

  • We will be using a textbook (or for Accelerated Math, two textbooks) from a math program called College Prepatory Mathematics or CPM for short.Students will be responsible for the condition of the textbooks they receive, as well as bringing them when needed.Students should get the textbook covered as soon as possible.
  • A CPM Toolkit
  • Each student needs a spiral notebook for notes, practice work, and homework.
  • Each student should have a folder.
  • A calculator will be provided for use at school, or they can bring their own if they so chose.Students will be allowed to use calculators for complex number computations and not for problems like 5 x 7.It is a good idea to have a calculator available for use at home.If one cannot be obtained, then one can be checked out from me.
  • Each student should have many pencils and pens.

Please bring the required materials and supplies to class every day!

 

Grades:

The grading scale is as follows:

A+        -           101%+

A         -          95%

A-        -           90%

B+        -           87%

B          -           83%

B-        -           80%

C+        -           77%

C          -           73%

C-        -           70%

D+        -           67%

D         -           63%

D-        -           60%

F          -           59% and less

All grades fall into one of these categories and make up that percent of the final grade.

Checkpoints and Tests are worth 50%.  Homework is worth 10%.  Homework Quizzes are worth 20%.  Team Tests and Participation/Team Work are worth 20%. 


Math Class Rationale:

The CPM program is designed for students to learn math by working with classmates.  During most class periods, they will be working through different problems within a group of three, four, or five. Teams will discuss, justify, and record their solutions.  Participation reflects a student’s preparation and willingness to answer questions and join in class discussion, provide help to others, and contribute to a positive and safe learning environment.  Homework is completed out of class to aid in mastery of a particular math concept.  It is checked in class the following day it is assigned and a grade is given for completion.  Assessments are given throughout a unit of study to check for understanding and reteach, if necessary, and hopefully showcase a student’s comprehension and mastery of a set of math concepts. 

If a student is absent from class or misses an assessment, then he or she will be required to make up that work as soon as possible.  Missing a great deal of school makes the work harder and the experience less fulfilling.  Please make coming to class every day a priority.

            Math is not a spectator sport.  To learn math one needs to have the proper tools, materials, motivation, and desire to do the work given.  The teacher and student both have responsibilities.  I will do my best to make learning enjoyable and provide a safe, productive atmosphere.  The student should provide his or her best effort and be open to help to make their math education a success.

 

Rules:

            The student assignment book outlines very well the expectations and consequences the school has for every student.  Following rules and procedures makes school safe and productive for all people.  I will follow those expectations and reinforce the 4 P’s: 

  • Be Prompt!
  • Be Prepared!
  • Be Polite!
  • Be Proud!

Consequences for inappropriate choices are parental contact, office referral, and/or detention. 

Also, students who do not regularly complete their homework or score below average on an assessment will have to come in and complete missing work or do retakes on assessments before or after school or at lunch time or sometimes, throughout the year, on a Saturday.

            Think not of making inappropriate choices, but exhibiting positive behaviors.  My rewards for those good things I see will be positive notes sent home or positive phone calls made to home, Duescher Dollars, drawings for prizes, candy, and more.  Set an example for others and be role models for success!

            Again, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, I will be happy to discuss them with you.  Remember if we work as a TEAM, then Together Everyone Achieves More.  Thank you for your help.