Math 8 Syllabus
The curriculum for Math 8 is aligned with the Common Core State Standards and follows Course 3 of the College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) program. It generally follows the same pace as the other Math 8 classes at MVMS. Students who have been at MVMS for 6th and 7th grade are very familiar with the CPM program which is loaded with word problems to reinforce the application of mathematics to practical situations.
Homework Policy and Resources
Students can expect homework on most nights including weekends. Homework typically takes about 20-30 minutes. Each day I check student homework and they receive a stamp on their Record of Assignment (ROA) for completeness. 5 points are earned for complete homework that is legible and neat. Homework answers are then checked and students have an opportunity to ask questions. Late homework will be accepted for up to 3 points but must be turned in within 1 week of the original due date. Homework is listed on the classroom board as well at my teacher website, which can be accessed through the Mill Valley Middle School site.
Students will use their ebooks for work done outside of the classroom. The ebook includes a section with homework tips if a student is struggling with a problem. In addition, CPM includes support materials that will help parents and students with nightly homework. These resources can be found at: https://cpm.org/cc3-additional-resources#parentguide .
Daily homework will be available at my teacher website by the end of the school day. Upon returning to school, a student should check in with me to find out what to work on first. Typically, it is best to do the current daily assignment and then go back and do the make-up assignment.
Grades are split into 2 categories: Major grades (60%) and Minor grades (40%). Major grades are composed of tests and quizzes and major projects. Minor grades are composed of homework, classwork, warm-ups, and extra credit assignments. For the 2nd and 3rd Trimesters, major grades are worth 65% and minor grades 35%.
For students who earn below a 75% on any quiz or test, I offer test corrections. By reworking their missed problems and following the directions, students may improve their score up to a 75%, at best. Details can be found at my teacher website accessed through the Mill Valley Middle School site.
I am available almost every day at lunch and after school on Tuesdays, some Wednesdays, and Fridays. However, students need to make the effort to ask and arrange a time.
Student Conduct and Behavior
I expect students to be ready to participate and learn when they are in class. In addition, I expect that students will respect each other, treat each other with kindness, and participate in making the classroom environment one that is conducive to learning and in which all students feel comfortable to learn. Although very rare, I will call parents if I feel that it will help a particular student improve his or her behavior or conduct.