I would like to let you all know that the first full week of school went well for my Math 6 classes. While we did do the normal beginning of the year expectations, policies, and procedures, we also worked hard to clean out the cobwebs from the summer. This is the time of year that I remind students of those items that they forgot they knew. As strange as those things may sound, I enjoy seeing students gain confidence when they realize they really did know how to solve that last math problem. As I continue to build relationships with your children, I think it is important for you to know a few things about my class.
I will use my.hrw.com a majority of the time for assignments. My.hrw.com allows students to complete their online assignments wherever they have internet access by simply logging in to the site on any device. (Their username is their full school e-mail address and their password is their Chromebook password.) Within the online program, students can access their math book, tutorial videos, assignment scores, practice questions, and are instantly notified of the correctness of their answers.
Students are given numerous opportunities to receive full credit on their assignments. Using the online math program, students usually have the ability to retry a problem up to three times before they are given a different but similar question to work out if they answered a problem incorrectly. Students do not instantly miss the math question unless it only has two answer choices like in true-false questions. Once an assignment is turned in, each student has two other opportunities to redo the assignment online before they would need me to reassign it for them. All of these accommodations are to keep students from repeating the same mathematical error with the hope that they will not learn an incorrect method. I am aware not every student has internet access outside of school so I do always give the option to complete assignments on paper as well. Even with the extra help the online curriculum provides, I know that sometimes one-on-one help is needed. Keeping this in mind, I am typically available to help students around 7:35 am. before school, during 6th-grade lunch, and after school until 4:15 pm. Students do not need to make an appointment for help.
My goal is for students to learn the mathematical material I present to them. To help obtain this goal, I allow any of my Math 6 students to correct tests for any grade below 100%. In order to correct a test, they must 1) rework the problem, 2) give me a new answer, and 3) write a sentence or two stating what they did wrong and how they corrected the problem. When done correctly, students can earn back more than half of the points they missed. If they missed points due to not showing their work, they can earn back all of those work points by turning in the correct work. Students may have anyone help them correct their tests.
Thank you for sharing your child with me and know that I am very excited to teach Math 6 and collaborate with all of you this school year.