Hutchinson Central Technical High School
Course Name: Algebra II
Instructor: Mrs. Gerwitz-Dunn Contact Time: 9:42-10:23 or 12:27-1:08 Phone Ext: 422
General class information and Syllabus for Algebra II
For Algebra II, for the 2013-2014 school year, students are required to have the following materials:
*a 1 inch 3-ring binder for math only
*5 subject dividers - labeled, NOTES, PRACTICE, HOMEWORK, TESTS/QUIZZES, STANDARDS
*loose-leaf paper - NOT paper from a spiral notebook
*loose-leaf graph paper
*pens - black or blue
- NO neon colored pens
- work handed in using neon pens or red pens will not be given any credit
Every evening: organize every notebook/binder you have, do your hw, read!!!
Grading for Algebra II:
Binder Checks (at least 2x/month) 5%
Yes, if you have your head down or fall asleep you are not disrupting class, nor are you learning a thing!!! Behavior and participation means asking/answering questions, copying notes and activities off board, participating in class discussion or review, volunteering to show process of completed work....
Tests will be given once a week. They will usually be between 10 and 20 questions.
Quizzes will be given at least once a week. They will usually be 5 questions.
Through out each class day I do what I call "walk-arounds" where I check what students are doing. During this time I am also checking to see who has binders that are organized. I may even stop and ask a student where their binders are and direct them to bring them in tomorrow and I will make a note of it and check the next day. I do not collect binders.
EXPECTED BEHAVIOR ON A DAILY BASIS!!!
We have 42 little minutes to complete a mountain of work.
*Come to class on time, no food, water is permitted.
*Sit in your assigned seat and begin the warm up every day.
*Be able to turn to the homework section of your binder when I do a walk around to check off home work
*Follow the simple directions I give.
*Participate in the review system we use of "I Do, We Do, You Do"
*Raise your hand to ask and answer questions.
*Raise your hand and wait until you are given permission to walk around the room for things such as tissues, hand sanitizer, .....
*Do your work, do your own work, don't copy someone else's work.
*Be respectful. To your classmates and to me and all other staff. Remember the golder rule "treat others the way you want to be treated."
*If you make a mistake, say you are sorry. Words are powerful in their positive use!!!
HOW DO YOU STUDY FOR MATH???
*Take your binder home every evening and straighten out your papers.
*Copy notes over, even if they are neat already.
*Copy over the problems we did in class!
*Copy over the Problems we did in Class!!
*COPY OVER THE PROBLEMS WE DID IN CLASS!!!
I give homework usually 4x a week - sometimes 5x. If homework is given on Friday then students technically have 2 1/2 days to get it done - not just 1/2 day as when it is given Mon - Thurs!
Each homework assignment receives a grade of 2, 1 or 0:
2 - homework is done completely, all work is shown, problems are done in an organized way.
1 - homework is half completed (reasonably), work is shown for the half of problems done,
problems are done in an organized way.
0 - homework is not done, or answers are presented on the page but no work is shown. You will
also get a zero for homework if you copied off someone else OR if you let someone copy your homework.
I AM ALL ABOUT THREE THINGS!!! - READING/FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS, SHOWING WORK AND BEING ORGANIZED!!! (Well, that's 4 things!)
SO MANY TESTS YOU WILL TAKE IN ANY AND ALL SUBJECTS IN BOTH HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE ARE NOT CORRECTED BY A COMPUTER, INSTEAD ARE CORRECTED BY A PERSON - WHICH MEANS CORRECTIONS MADE ARE VERY SUBJECTIVE - GIVE NO ONE REASON TO TAKE POINTS OFF OF ANY OF YOUR WORK!!!
Students will have projects to complete for test grades.
The following are projects assigned during the year:
1. writing assignment on equations based on chapter 4
2. computer based assignment - power point - on an assigned mathematical topic