SYLLABUS - 2016-2017
Teacher: Mr. David Buerger
Phone: 859-384-5333 X-75140
Class Periods: 8th Grade 7:35A – 8:25A
8th Grade 8:27A – 9:14A
6th Grade 9:16A – 10:03A
6th Grade 10:05A – 10:52A
Advisory 10:54A – 11:18A
Lunch/Plan 11:20A – 12:52P
7th Grade 12:54P – 1:41P
7th Grade 1:43P – 2:35P
Math Rotation is designed to supplement a student’s math skills by providing resources and methods to improve the skills learned in their regular math core classroom. Students assigned to Math Rotation have been identified through testing and course grades/work as students who need additional help in the foundational skills of math. This class will utilize the VMath Series of math instruction skills and will be supplemented with a variety of computer based math programs to assist in learning, build skills, and strengthen comprehension and abilities.
The main areas of skills we will work on include (but are not limited to):
6th Grade: Decimals, Fractions, Percents, and Pre-Algebra problem solving skills.
7th Grade: Decimals, Number Theory, Operations with Fractions, Proportions, and Measurements
8th Grade: Integers/Exponents, Expressions and Equations, Coordinate Geometry, Ratios, and Measurement
All students placed in the Math Rotation classes will work heavily on fundamentals, including addition/subtraction/multiplication/division, working with decimals, working with fractions, multiplication and division of numbers with one more than one digit, proportions and percents, and measurement.
Foundational skills will be the focus of the course, with additional work in grade level math concepts being incorporated into the course. However, students should understand that the Math Rotation course is designed to build foundational skills. That will be the main focus of the course and this will differ from the work assigned in the core math class.
Students are assessed throughout the year with the use of the STAR assessment system. STAR testing provides us with the data to show a student's growth throughout the year. Additionally, students will utilize the ALEKS computer based system to assist in their learning and progression of math skills.
At the end of each Term, and it is possible for a student to rotate out of this course if they have achieved goals and shown significant improvement. Be advised that oftentimes, the improvement may take 2 or 3 terms to be evident and strong for a student to rotate out.
Grading: Grading in this course is on a Pass/Fail basis. Student assessment will be monitored through the use of Pre- and Post- Tests for each concept, STAR testing (done electronically), and participation grades achieved through the use of workbook checks, agenda checks, and various other quizzes and activities.
Expectations: All students are expected to participate fully in class exercises and to provide as much input as possible during class discussions. Students should come prepared for class each day with proper school supplies. Use of the Gray Middle School Classroom Expectations of “Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible” will be upheld in these classes.