The goal of this course is to help students use mathematics confidently to solve problems. This course is comprised of a series of units designed to address gaps in student mathematical understanding as they transition from grade 8 to grade 9 mathematics. The four main categories that we will cover are numbers, patterns and relations, shape and space, and statistics and probability. Students will learn to communicate, make connections, reason mathematically, discover patterns, and use the technology available to them.
Students are expected to come to class regularly, prepared with materials and ready to learn. They are expected to participate and pay attention to lessons and not disturb the learning of others. Students are expected to complete assignments and homework in a timely manner (no more than a week late). Students are usually given some time in class to finish assignments. If students need more time to complete assignments and are falling behind they are expected to attend surprise ACU (assignment catch up) periods. Surprise ACUs dates are not announced until the day of and are usually done once every month or every three weeks.
Formative Assessments are assessment FOR learning. These are the day-to-day learning and practice activities that build successful attitudes, knowledge, and skills. Formative assessments will include note-taking/making, answering questions about problems, homework exercises, participation in discussions, one on one discussion, observations, exit slips, conversations, etc. These activities are used to guide each student’s learning and move them forward.
Summative Assessments are assessment OF learning. These include assignments, projects, reports, presentations, quizzes, and tests which demonstrate curricular learning outcomes. Evaluation: Knowledge and understanding (Assignments, projects): 50% Mental Math: 10% Tests and Quizzes: 20% Final Exam: 20% Total: 100%