Mr. G. Michael Mead
Mathematics Department Chairman
Phone Number: (508) 842-8934 Ext.. 532
Algebra 1 - Honors (D-Block & E-Block)
Pre-Calculus - Level 1 (A-Block & C-Block)
In order to insure academic success for the year please read the following guidelines.
STUDENT CENTERED OBJECTIVES:
Students should be able to...
- Demonstrate mathematical reasoning and apply mathematical principles to real world settings.
- Articulate and explain mathematical principles both orally and in writing.
- Solve real world problems.
- Use technology appropriately.
- Have confidence in their mathematical ability.
- Work cooperatively with their peers and develop collaborative skills.
- Seek and demonstrate connections between mathematics and other disciplines (biology, economics, etc.).
- Approach novel situations and use mathematics to solve problems which they have never seen before.
- Value the importance of mathematics in the real world.
- Succeed in collegiate mathematics classes.
- Assimilate mathematical ideas that are read or heard.
PREPARATION: Students are to come prepared to every class. This preparation not only entails having the necessary books, pencil, and assignment but also includes a review of the previous day’s notes.
HOMEWORK: Homework is assigned every night. Homework should be written in a section of your notebook separate from class notes. It is to be completed carefully and conscientiously every night. Students should be prepared to discuss their homework the next class day. Absence from class does not excuse a student from his responsibilities towards assignments. Class materials should be brought home every night and should you be absent a member of the class should be contacted in order to receive that day’s assignments. Weekly assignments are also posted on the class web page at www.stjohnshigh.org
TESTING: Thursday is Math Testing Day. Therefore, when the schedule permits, there will be a test given every Thursday. The value of the tests will vary depending on the material covered. Those students who are absent on test days must make immediate arrangements to make up the test. It is the student’s responsibility to do so.
GRADING: Students will be graded on three areas: 1) Homework/Notebook, 2) Tests, and 3) Class Participation. Homework will be graded over the course of each interim period. Students will receive a maximum of fifty points for their homework/notebook. Students who don’t have their assignment on any given day will automatically lose five points per missing assignment. During each class day homework will be reviewed. Students will make the necessary corrections of their assignments in their notebooks each day. One week before the end of the interim period homework/notebook will be collected. Tests will be graded on a point system. The number of points will be determined by the amount of material covered previous to the test. Students will also be graded on participation; therefore it is important to be at class. Class participation allows the students to become more involved with the material, creating a better understanding.
DISCIPLINE: Self-control and common courtesy are necessary components of a good learning environment. Students who disrupt the class will be subject to the necessary penalty in order to correct inappropriate behavior.
EXTRA-HELP: I am available for extra help on mornings or afternoons depending on the day. A weekly schedule is posted in my classroom at the beginning of each school week. For those students who need special attention, appointments will be welcomed and encouraged.