Mr. McDorman

Algebra 1
Room 503
2015-2016

CONTACT INFO

dmcdorman@liberty.k12.mo.us
816-736-5340 ext. 2857
@david_mcdorman

COURSE OVERVIEW

As you work through the chapters in your Algebra 1 course, you will be encouraged to think and to make conjectures while you persevere through challenging problems and exercises. You will make errors—and that is ok! Learning and understanding occur when you make errors and push through mental roadblocks to comprehend and solve new and challenging problems.  In this program, you will also be required to explain your thinking and your analysis of diverse problems and exercises. Being actively involved in learning will help you develop mathematical reasoning and use it to solve math problems and work through other everyday challenges.

COURSE MATERIALS

The focus of this course will be on the integration of algebraic concepts into multiple situations. Students will develop the necessary skills to read and analyze various problems and situations and apply what they've learned while utilizing the proper materials.

Materials Needed:
Online Textbook (provided)
Laptop (charged)
Notebook & Graph Paper
Scientific Calculator (Recommend TI-30XIIS)
Pencil (or pen)
Folder for papers
Independent Reading Book
Earbuds


COURSE GOALS

* Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
* Reason abstractly and quantitatively. * Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
* Model with mathematics.
* Use appropriate tools strategically.
* Attend to precision.
* Look for and make use of structure.
* Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
* PASS THE EOC!


GRADES & MAKE-UP WORK

Students are expected to assume responsibility for completing assignments in a timely manner.  If you miss days, you'll have that many school days to get assignments turned in.  Late work for daily assignments and projects will be accepted but will incur a 10% grade reduction per day.  If you are absent, be proactive in finding out what you missed. Check the google calendar on Blackboard.  If a planned absence is known, talk to me ahead of time.

Grades are calculated based on the following weighted percentages. Think of your grade like a pie. 75% Unit Assessments & Quizzes, 15% Practice/Daily Assignments, 10% Comprehensive Final Exam

Grades will be figured based on total points. Points will be totaled and converted to a letter grade using the following scale: A= 100% - 90% B= 89% - 80% C= 79% - 70% D= 69% - 60% F= 50% - 0%.

Academic dishonesty of any kind is unacceptable and will result in a grade of zero for all involved.


TECHNOLOGY & FOOD POLICIES

Students will:
* Check classroom Blackboard site daily for        course information, assignment postings,          weekly schedules, and/or handouts and            materials.
* Respect the teacher’s direction when to or when not to use technology.
* Only use laptops/cell phones /earbuds    /headphones during class if directed by the teacher.
* Check student school email daily.
* Be allowed to bring food & drink as long as they are not a disruption or a major meal and the room is kept clean.  Because of allergies, no products containing peanuts or other tree nuts allowed.

TUTORING

I am available before or after school or during Liberty Hour (Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri) to assist with your academic needs. Please schedule an appointment so I know to be available in the classroom.

Have a plan upon arriving at LH (what are you there to work on?)
Use tutoring time for productive activities (games, social media, videos, etc. are not good uses of time).
Check LH assignments regularly and attend assigned tutoring sessions.
What happens if I don’t show? → Detention
What happens if I don’t attend detention? → automatic ISS

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

* Students should be in class, in their seat, when the bell rings.  Those who aren't will be counted tardy.  A student more than 10 minutes late must check in with the attendance office.
* Mr. McDorman will dismiss class, please be patient on the way out.
* Following Mr. McDorman's success strategies will lead to success in the classroom.
* Students should be prepared with the necessary materials and classwork.  Please start on the bell work when you enter and follow all directions upon exiting.  No students will leave in the first ten minutes or last ten minutes of class, unless there is an emergency.
* Failure to meet expectations will result in a student meeting with the teacher.  Repeat offenders will be involved in a parent conversation and possibly be given office referrals or detentions as necessary.