## course syllabus

**Mr. Parsons Grade 8 Math**

Course Expectations & Academic Syllabus

Course Expectations & Academic Syllabus

**2018-2019**

“What we have to learn to do, we learn by doing” – Aristotle

**A. Course Objectives and Description**

Students will master the key concepts of Grade 8 Mathematics.

**(for full descriptions click here)**

This course is a formal development of mathematical thinking, concepts, and skills in preparation for more advanced math courses. The course explores the topics of equivalency, expressions, equations, proportionality, functions (specifically linear functions), and geometry in a variety of real world application tasks and conceptual enrichment tasks. Students will also be expected to demonstrate each of

**the eight Mathematical Practices**, these include practices of explaining mathematical reasoning (through writing and shown work) and persevering in problem-solving.

**B. Class Expectations**Lined Paper

- Be prepared
- Be a good human being
- Contribute positively

**C. Materials Students will need to Bring EVERY DAY**

● iPad (charged)

● Math Toolkit

● Pencils (mechanical are strongly recommended) NO WORK ALLOWED IN PEN!

● Lined Paper

●

*(optional)*

*- Dry Erase Whiteboard pens*

*● (optional) – Colored Highlighters*

● (optional) – Glue sticks

● (optional) – Glue sticks

**D. Homework**

For the most part, students will have a one weekly online HW assignment (about 5-6 problems each day Monday-Thursday) due Thursday night. These will be reviewed in class. These problems will always be a review of past content (previous grades, or prior Grade 8 units). Most, if not all, problems will have links to tutorial videos for that type of problem. On Friday, students will take a HW test, where they can use the week's HW problems and any notes/corrections they made.

Occasionally, students will also have additional HW problems for current unit Grade 8 material.

**E. Grading**

70% Tests / Quizzes

30% Homework / Classwork

**All tests can be retaken at least once.**

Students sign up in class to come in on their own time, either

__before school__,

__lunch__, or

__after school__.

The process (usually takes multiple sessions):

1st - Review missed problems.

2nd - Re-teaching & practice

3rd - Retake.

A ... 90-100%

B ... 80-89%

C ... 70-79%

D ... 60-69%

F ... 0-59%

**F. Absences**

There is no substitute for regular class attendance. When absent, you need to do the following:

- Check the WEBSITE Calendar!! Or see Mr. Parsons before or after school.
- Get your work from the Absent Work Bin at the back of the classroom.
- Get a copy of the missed class notes (if any) from a fellow classmate
- You have 2 days per day absent to turn in missed HW (example: absent Mon, work due Wed.)
- Any assignments due prior to absence are due on first day back, or they will be late.

It is your responsibility to schedule this time on the appointment calendar.

**G. Academic Dishonesty**

All acts of academic dishonesty will result in an automatic grade of zero, a call home, and appropriate administrative discipline as per school code. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:

● copying or allowing others to copy work

● “working together” and coming up with the exact same wording on an assignment

● using or giving unauthorized help on quizzes, tests, or exams

● taking someone else’s work and submitting it without giving them credit

● plagiarism: copying & pasting words or ideas from another source including, but not limited to, another paper / blog / book / essay / webpage / etc. without properly giving credit to the author(s) of the source(s) and/or failing to include all the bibliographical information.

**H. Miscellaneous**

- Tardy means you are not in your seat ready to work when the bell rings.Walking through the doorway when the tardy bell rings mean you are tardy. You are expected to be situated at your seat and ready to work when the tardy bell rings.
- Student iPads are to be brought fully charged every day. 6 instances of a missing or un-charged iPad will result in a U citizenship grade.
- All notes, homework, quizzes, and tests will be done in pencil. Work done in pen will be ignored.
- Inappropriate behavior, in the presence of a substitute teacher, will result in disciplinary action and a possible deduction of assignment points.
- Headphones (earpieces), Hats and Hoods are to be removed upon entering class.
- Disruptive behavior (including but not limited to: talking, being out of seat, applying make-up/lotion, etc) will not be tolerated. No one will interfere with the learning environment.
- PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES are to be out of sight and on a silent or vibrate mode unless otherwise directed by Mr. Parsons. This class may utilize smartphone capabilities for web access or apps. This is your warning. Devices may be confiscated for a period, a day, or given to office depending on severity and # of past misuses.
- Make sure to follow all school rules.

**I. Extra Support**

I am looking forward to working with you and helping you succeed! To do this, I offer weekly opportunities for you to get extra support for any questions you may have. Any student may set a time for extra support at lunch or after school using the appointment whiteboard in the classroom.. Walk-in support is also available but not guaranteed. My door (34) is usually open during lunch and after school until about about 3:15.