Students will be able to:

Use cognitive skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and ethical analysis

Understand that mathematics is a tool for organizing ideas and addressing questions

Use educational technology as tools for learning

Use algebraic models to analyze real-world phenomena

Make connections between procedures used in math class and procedures used for math in science classes

Materials needed daily:

at least one writing utensil, preferably a pencil

3-ring binder with pockets and 5 tab dividers

scientific calculator (provided by Ms Strait; $120 fine if lost)

- textbook,
__Discovering Advanced Algebra__ (provided by Ms Strait; $100 fine if lost)

student planner

Grading:

The quarter grade will be determined using the following percentage breakdown:

Interim Assessments: 5% In-class Participation: 10% Homework: 20% Quizzes: 30% Exams and Projects: 35% | A = 100% to 90% B = 89% to 80% C = 79% to 70% D = 69% to 60% F = 59% and below |

The quarter grade is determined by totaling all the points in each grade category and dividing by the total points possible. Keep in mind that each category is weighted using the percentage breakdowns given.

Participation:

Students will be evaluated as to their attendance and their involvement in the class. If a student comes to class each day with no unexcused absences or tardies and participates in class discussions, they will receive all of the participation points. Students will lose points if they do not have their homework, disrupt the class, are tardy, or cut. Unexcused absences will result in an automatic zero for the day. Students may earn extra participation points through exemplary work and effort.

Homework:

Homework assignments are intended to reinforce the concepts learned in class and prepare students for exams. Assignments may be turned in one day late for half credit. After one day, no late work will be accepted. Late homework will always result in an after school detention to be served that day. Students who do not serve their detention will not receive credit for the late assignment. Students with unexcused absences will receive a zero for any assignments due that day.

Students will have opportunities to work together to complete assignments and are encouraged to consult with peers to reason through problems before asking for help. However, each students is responsible for completing his/her own homework, in his/her own words. Students who turn in assignments with identical (word for word) entries will not receive credit for that assignment and will face additional consequences for copying/plagiarism.

Absences:

Students are responsible for checking the class bin for missed assignments and obtaining the day's notes from a classmate. Quizzes and tests that are missed due to an excused absence may be made up after school. It is the student's responsibility to schedule this make up within ONE WEEK of the original quiz/test; students who fail to do this will receive a zero for that assignment.

Website:

Students will be required to use the school’s website during the class. Much of the information you need for this class will be posted there, including the course calendar and assignments. There will occasionally be time for students to access the website in class,
but some work must be done outside of class, including online lessons and assessments using PrepMe. If a student does not have access to the Internet at home, they may use the school’s computer laboratory before or after school. Additionally, the Chicago Public Library has free computer access.

Honors:

1^{st} Year Advanced Algebra is by default an honors course. This means that students will earn honors credit for Advanced Algebra without having to elect to take it for honors credit, so long as they maintain at least a C average. In addition to traditional homework assignments, this course will include tasks that ask students to investigate concepts more deeply; for example, students will be asked to complete at least one independent investigative assignment, based on the explorations and "Take Another Look" sections in the textbook (the exact number per unit will depend on the length and depth of the material covered in class). Students are expected to work on and solve these problems individually, though Ms Strait will provide guidance if requested.