Helpful things to know:
Syllabus, Course Policies and Expectations:
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This is a lab course, with formative daily grades assessing lab participation, processing, & productivity, and summative assessments, usually of a including discussion / practicum component, and no homework for all practical purposes.
Content and assessment characteristics are determined by the NGSS
& CCSS Math
, and are numerically scored as per the SBAC & MSP.
- L4 clearly exceeds standard (mastery beyond grade level expectations in all associated skill areas),
- L3 meets the standards assessed, L2 is approaching, but not yet demonstrating required performance levels.
- L1 indicates some record of product along the lines of developing skills aligned with the standard, but not yet approaching required performance levels.
- L0 indicates no product available to assess - skill level is not determinable.
Grading is on a 9 point scale:
9/9 = L4 ~ 100% ~ A+
8/9 = L3 ~ 89% ~ A-
7/9 = L2 ~ 78% ~ C+
6/9 = L1 ~ 67% ~ D+
5/9 = L0 ~ 56% ~ F
Mastery Grading via Authentic Assessment and Differentiation are the philosophic foundations of the system: students are encouraged and expected to pursue concept mastery through persistence and resilience ala Habits of Mind
& Growth Mind Set
. No penalties for retakes (although extra prep effort on site 7-8am is often needed to enable diagnosis and treatment of the causative skill deficits).
Website Updates: on the fly during class, and most any other time I'm .
I don't use text or social media, as almost all of my online efforts are poured into my course website.
Best way for students to contact me: in class, as the need or interest arises. Email secondarily, preferably cc'ing parents / guardians so we can all be on the same page (photoniclly, if not literally).
Best way for parents to contact me: Email & in person.
Classroom visits are always welcome, especially for student / class observation (&/or participation, if interested). ANY adult visitation has a HUGE positive effect on the kids. For private conferencing, please make an eMail
or in person appointment.
I am available to work with students: ~7-8am during the work week, unless scheduled for a meeting. I can also meet doing my p3 prep or after school by appointment, as those times are most often taken up with meetings, standing appointments, lab preps, grading & entering, parent contact, course / website updates, and so on.
I check email: ~5:30am during the work week, most evenings before putting my work away for the night after dinner, and sporadically as other duties allow during the work day.
I check phone messages: whenever I see the red message light blinking on my lab phone. I'll call back whenever I can get processing time & privacy in my lab without other immediate requirements impinging (lab preps, course updates, etc.). Usually within 24 hrs. during the work week.