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Course Descriptions 

Course Title: 8th Grade Math

Instructor: Karma Herd

Course Description:

The goal of this math class is to provide experiences in mathematics that help students learn math while teaching them to think, problem solve, and work collaboratively.

Major Projects:

 Winter: Work Sample Spring: Portfolio Presentation

  

COURSE TITLE:                                                                                                    FACULTY:

8th Grade Mathematics                                                                             Karma Herd

klherd@seaside.k12.or.us

COURSE DESCRIPTION & STANDARDS:

In Grade 8, instructional time focuses on three critical areas: (1) formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.

 

The Math curriculum has been designed to meet the Mathematics Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as provided by the Oregon State Department of Education. To view these standards, online, please visit: http://www.corestandards.org/Math/Content/8/introduction/

TEXT:

Glencoe Math Grade 8

http://www.connectED.mcgraw-hill.com

All students will have access to the online book. The website also includes videos and tutorials for every lesson.

GRADING POLICIES:

Our school has a grading system where students and parents are able to check student grades online. Please ask the office if you need log-in assistance for Synergy-ParentVue.

Regular attendance in this course iscritical; new material is covered virtually every day. If students are absent, it is their responsibility to check with the teacher to see what was covered in class and what was missed. It is also the responsibility of students to remember to hand in the work missed.

Final Grade will be determined as follows:

A= 90 – 100%  (Mastery Level) Through extensive evidence, the student consistently surpasses the proficient level and demonstrates an in-depth understanding of the standard.                                 

B= 80 – 89%  (Proficient Level) The student regularly meets the standard and demonstrates a working knowledge of essential skills. While there are still some weaknesses, the strengths are dominant.      

C= 70 – 79%  (Approaching Level) Though the student occasionally demonstrates a working knowledge of the essential skills that encompass the standard, there are still more weaknesses than strengths.

D= 60 – 69%  (Approaching Level) Student lacks sufficient evidence to demonstrate their understanding.               

F= 0%% - 59%  (Beginning Level)Limited understanding or skill yet demonstrated.

 

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS:

  • All students in my class can be successful.  I recognize that we all have different gifts and strengths, and my job is to help my students grow and learn based upon their own individual needs.
  • Understanding mathematical ideas, computing fluently, solving problems, engaging in logical reasoning and communicating understanding using mathematical language are skills that need to be practiced.  My goal is to provide students with the opportunities to practice these important skills along with the support and encouragement they need to transition to advanced mathematics. It is the student’s responsibility to create time in their schedule to complete work that is not completed during class time..
  • Each student is responsible for their own learning, as well as the contribution they make in creating a classroom where all members feel safe, respected, and valued.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:

Students are responsible for ethical and honest behavior. Cheating occurs when a student attempts to complete or take credit for work by any dishonest means or assists another in doing so. Many assignments are completed on the honor system with no monitoring of student behavior; however, the standards for ethical behavior are the same whether the student work is completed inside or outside the classroom. Students must accept responsibility for the academic integrity of their work. When work is copied, both the person who copied and the person who gave the work will be held responsible and disciplinary action will result. Academic dishonesty may include but will not be limited to the following:

  • Directly copying someone else’s work
  • Allowing someone else to copy your work
  • Submitting work on which you have received substantial assistance from another person (including parents, tutors, siblings, or other students)
  • Using a cheat sheet or notes on an assignment, quiz, or test
  • Receiving information regarding a test
  • Telling about questions on a test when you have already seen it

 

 

COURSE TITLE:                                                                                                    FACULTY:

Algebra                                                                                                      Karma Herd

klherd@seaside.k12.or.us

COURSE DESCRIPTION & STANDARDS:

Algebra Common Core State Standards focus on the following priority areas:

·         Seeing Structure in Expressions (A.SSE)

·         Arithmetic with Polynomials and Rational Expressions (A.APR)

·         Creating Equations (A.CED)

·         Reasoning with Equations and Inequalities (A.REI)

The Math curriculum has been designed to meet the Mathematics Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as provided by the Oregon State Department of Education. To view these standards, online, please visit: http://www.ode.state.or.us/teachlearn/real/standards/sbd.aspx.

These standards will be addressed in contexts that promote problem solving, reasoning, communication, making connections, and designing and analyzing representations.

TEXT:

Glencoe Algebra 1

http://www.connectED.mcgraw-hill.com

All students will have access to the online book. The website also includes videos and tutorials for every lesson.

GRADING POLICIES:

Our school has a grading system where students and parents are able to check student grades online. Please ask the office if you need log-in assistance for Synergy-ParentVue.

Regular attendance in this course iscritical; new material is covered virtually every day. If students are absent, it is their responsibility to check with the teacher to see what was covered in class and what was missed. It is also the responsibility of students to remember to hand in the work missed.

Final Grade will be determined as follows:

A= 90 – 100%  (Mastery Level) Through extensive evidence, the student consistently surpasses the proficient level and demonstrates an in-depth understanding of the standard.                                 

B= 80 – 89%  (Proficient Level) The student regularly meets the standard and demonstrates a working knowledge of essential skills. While there are still some weaknesses, the strengths are dominant.      

C= 70 – 79%  (Approaching Level) Though the student occasionally demonstrates a working knowledge of the essential skills that encompass the standard, there are still more weaknesses than strengths.

D= 60 – 69%  (Approaching Level) Student lacks sufficient evidence to demonstrate their understanding.               

F= 0%% - 59%  (Beginning Level)Limited understanding or skill yet demonstrated.

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS:

  • All students in my class can be successful.  I recognize that we all have different gifts and strengths, and my job is to help my students grow and learn based upon their own individual needs.
  • Understanding mathematical ideas, computing fluently, solving problems, engaging in logical reasoning and communicating understanding using mathematical language are skills that need to be practiced.  My goal is to provide students with the opportunities to practice these important skills along with the support and encouragement they need to transition to advanced mathematics. It is the student’s responsibility to create time in their schedule to complete work that is not completed during class time..
  • Each student is responsible for their own learning, as well as the contribution they make in creating a classroom where all members feel safe, respected, and valued.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY:

Students are responsible for ethical and honest behavior. Cheating occurs when a student attempts to complete or take credit for work by any dishonest means or assists another in doing so. Many assignments are completed on the honor system with no monitoring of student behavior; however, the standards for ethical behavior are the same whether the student work is completed inside or outside the classroom. Students must accept responsibility for the academic integrity of their work. When work is copied, both the person who copied and the person who gave the work will be held responsible and disciplinary action will result. Academic dishonesty may include but will not be limited to the following:

  • Directly copying someone else’s work
  • Allowing someone else to copy your work
  • Submitting work on which you have received substantial assistance from another person (including parents, tutors, siblings, or other students)
  • Using a cheat sheet or notes on an assignment, quiz, or test
  • Receiving information regarding a test
  • Telling about questions on a test when you have already seen it
T1 - Number system (integers and fractions & decimals), Algebraic Expressions and Equations
T2 -Properties of Math, Data & Graphing, Equations & Inequalities, Ratio & Proportional Reasoning
T3 -Geometry, Percent, Statistics & Probability

Key Concepts/Standards:

1) Solving multistep equations
2) Solving mulivariable equations
3) Using the Problem Solving Steps to solve complex problems