Welcome to Parkway Middle School, and welcome to my math class. The purpose of my classes is to get my students ready for the Common Core math they will deal with next year. I am using the District mandated Common Core text called SpringBoard. I have found that the text often assumes that the students have mastered the skills required to advance through the chapters, but that the students often do not have the required skills mastered. As such you are likely to see a pattern of more traditional instruction to master the required skills. followed by the work in SpringBoard.
I would like to introduce myself. I have been teaching math in this district for over 20 years, my first 15 years at La Presa Middle School (now STEAM Academy). I have taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade math and science classes. I currently teach 7th grade only. I have been married for 37 years, have two grown sons and a very large white dog. When not in class my time is usually spent around some aspect of boats and/or sailing. I am an avid singlehanded offshore sailor. My first career was in the boating field but I left that career when I realized that teaching was more my passion and calling.
I hope your child has a positive experience this year. Math can be difficult and it requires a good deal of work, and often help outside of class, to be successful. I am eager to hear from you as the year progresses. I am most responsive to email communication. Please let me know any thoughts or concerns you may have.
Mr. Paine’s Math Class Policies
2017 – 2018
The Goal –
The goal of the seventh grade math classes is to establish a strong mathematical knowledge base that will serve the students well as they take on their future mathematical challenges, both in and out of the classroom. The class content is directed toward, and directed by, the California State Common Core Standards. It is vital that the students stay current with the assignments, as it is difficult to catch up on work that was missed or ignored. Unlike some other disciplines the math curriculum is very linear, with the learning in the later part of the year dependent on the mastery of the subject matter presented in the earlier part of the year.
The grade given will be a composite grade: 50% test and quiz scores, 15% homework, and 35% classwork based which is largely based on the daily notebook quality. Students will be given the multiple opportunities to show their mastery of the material. I will accept late homework, but only 80% credit will be given for a complete paper. Work missed due to absence will be accepted late for full credit for up to the number of days of absence.
Learning math can be a demanding task. In the process of learning any demanding task any individual will make mistakes; they are an important part of the learning process that leads to the eventual achievement of mastery. When I review homework I am looking for indicators that the student has made a strong effort to complete the assigned task. A homework assignment will not be marked down if the answers are incorrect if an honest effort was make to solve the problems. Whenever possible (and it is almost always possible) it is expected that all the work will be shown (see examples of this below).
We will correct the homework in class, and it is the responsibility of the student to ask questions
pertinent to the problems they missed, or to get further assistance in some other way. They are expected to make every effort to correct any misunderstandings they have.
I ask students to work no more than 40 minutes on math homework each night (an honest 40 minutes, not a Facebook laced 40 minutes). If the assignment is not completed in that time I request the parent to sign the homework to verify the effort was made and the homework will be accepted for full credit.
A student that acquires three or more missing assignments may be given a detention to be served after school in my classroom. The purpose of this detention is to provide the student with the time, support, and opportunity to make up the assignments in order to avoid falling so far behind that they have little chance for eventual success.
Tutorial assistance –
I get to school early (usually by 7:00 am) and I am available before or after school to assist students. Tuesday is a short day and so tutorial time will not be available on Tuesday afternoons. Further, I am in Homework Club on Monday (students can sign in and get help) and have duty on Wednesdays between 8:30 and 9:00 and as such I am not in my room at those times.
Class Requirements –
- Students are required to have a composition type notebook in class for notes each day. Spiral notebooks are not to be used and will be merit a reduced grade if submitted.
- Students are required to have two functional pencils when they come to class. If mechanical pencils are used the student must have their own supply of spare lead. I do not supply students with writing utensils as it interrupts class instructional time.
- All homework will be done in pencil, have a proper heading (see below); have the work shown in an organized vertical format showing each step, and have the answer clearly identified.
- Word problems will be written out in a four-part format. It is not necessary to copy the problem:
- What is the question the word problem seeks to find?
- What information does the problem provide for you to solve the problem?
- What is your strategy to solve the problem (this is where you work the problem)?
- Is your answer reasonable in the context of the problem?
- 3(2a -7) + 8 = 5 John gets a 20% discount on a $46.00 coat. What did
6a – 21 + 8 = 5 John pay for the coat on sale (disregard tax). (The
6a – 13 = 5 original problem, not written on the homework)
6a = 18 A. Find John’s sale price
a = 3 B. 20% off, $46.00 original cost
- 20/100 = x/46
(20)(46) = 100x
920 = 100x
9.20 = x This is the amount saved
$46.00 - $9.20 = $36.80 is the sale price
- The answer is reasonable as it is less than the original purchase price about ¾ of the original price
If you have any questions please contact me and I will be happy to provide any additional information. I am most responsive to email:
Thank you, I look forward to a fun and productive year!