Advanced Algebra 1
Phone: 441-3117 (cell)
The title of this course is Advanced Algebra. It is a high school algebra course and counts as a formal algebra class. The textbook we will be using is published by Prentice Hall and is titled Algebra 1. You will be studying the following topics: functions and their graphs, modeling and solving equations, solving inequalities, graphing and writing linear equations, systems of equations and inequalities, exponents and exponential functions, right triangles, radical expressions, polynomials, rational expressions and functions, quadratic functions and some probability.
Grading Guidelines:- grades should be a reflection of what you know and are able to do.
o Eighty five percent of your grade will be based on tests and quizzes
o Fifteen percent of your grade will be based on homework (if homework is checked it will be for completion only) and formative assessments (weekly homework quizzes)
o It is expected that you will do your homework and ask questions on anything you do not understand. Answers will be provided on Canvas. I will expect you to check your homework answers prior to coming to class. Any problem you missed should be attempted at least 3 times. If you still have questions please email ASAP. I do not give busy work. The homework I assign will be for your benefit…helping you reinforce what was done in class. It will be a way for you to assess what you know and are able to do. Approximately every 2-3 class periods there will be a quiz (10 points based on the week's homework)...this is where you show me that you have understood all the homework. I will be happy to answer any questions about the weekly homework prior to 10:00 PM the night before the quiz. I will not answer questions during any test or quiz. Moral of the story....ask for help as soon as you are having trouble. I will be happy to meet with you outside of class or we can set up a Zoom meeting.
2020-2021 Grading Scale
A+ = 100 to 96.5
A = 96.4 to 89.5
A- = 89.4 to 86.5
B+ = 86.4 to 84.5
B = 84.4 to 76.5
B- = 76.4 to 74.5
C+ = 74.4 to 71.5
C = 71.4 to 64.5
C- = 64.4 to 61.5
D+ = 61.4 to 59.5
D = 59.4 to 51.5
D- = 51.4 to 49.5
E = < 49.4
Homework will be assigned when I feel students will benefit from additional practice. Most likely 4-5 times a week. There will be an assignment link on Canvas. Please check the assignment page daily. I make my weekly plans Sunday evenings and depending on how your learning progresses I may make changes to my plans during the week. I must be flexible covering our course goals. If you have questions, please email or call me.
I expect students to put forth their best effort each day by fully participating in classroom activities, including asking and answering questions and sharing group discussions. Students will maintain a positive learning environment, supportive of all students’ learning styles and strengths. Any actions to demean or distract from another student’s ability to learn will not be tolerated. I promote the concept of mutual respect. Students experiencing problems should take the initiative to see me as soon as possible. DO NOT wait until right before a test.
All school rules found in your student handbook should be followed..
My promise to students:
I will create an environment that respects all students’ strengths and weaknesses. I will provide multiple learning opportunities for students to be successful. I will provide constructive feedback to enhance student understanding. I will be available for questions or additional help, within reason. I will hold students to high yet fair expectations.
If there are any questions about these guidelines or throughout the school year, parents should feel free to contact me at any time via email or my cell phone number. My goal is to challenge students to reach their full potential, to be reasonably demanding, to help build character and self-confidence, but not to discourage them through the learning process.
Let’s have an AWESOME year!