Mr. Hand’s Algebra Classes
Welcome to 8th Grade Algebra! In all chapters of Core
Connections Algebra, you will share your mathematical knowledge with a
study team as you work together to solve problems. Be prepared to work hard and
have a lot of fun this year!
We remember… 

10% of what we READ 20% of what we HEAR 30% of what we SEE 50% of what we SEE and HEAR 
70% of what is DISCUSSED with OTHERS 80% of what is EXPERIENCED PERSONALLY 95% of what we TEACH TO SOMEONE ELSE William Glasser 
Class Expectations: Be nice and work hard with your team in the role you are assigned: (Facilitator, Task Manager, Resource
Manager, Reporter/Recorder). Be engaged. (It is ok
to be wrong. Just understand why you were wrong.) Work diligently and share your
ideas with the class.
To remain in
this accelerated class: You must do your homework. You must earn 80% or
greater on tests. You must maintain at least a B average. You will be moved
back to the standard 8^{th} grade class if you cannot meet these
expectations.
Homework: Put your completed homework out on your desk at the beginning of class.
Always
complete your homework in a neat and
legible fashion. It is important that you follow directions and show your work on your assignments. Circle your final answers. Your grade
is based on whether assignments are completed
on time and how well they are done. It will usually take 20 to 30 minutes to complete an
assignment. A typical assignment consists of 5 problems. I will give you a couple of nights to complete these 5
problems; this allows you the freedom to decide when to do your homework.
Expect spacedpractice of problems throughout the year. Check
the College Preparatory Math Homework page for problems, hints, help and
answers: http://www.cpm.org/students/homework/
Homework Effort
·
All work must be
handed in on time! Homework is important.
Math requires a great deal of practice. Homework bridges the gap between yesterday
and today. If you do not have homework with you at the beginning
of class, you will earn a zero for the assignment. Homework done during the
class will not be accepted. In the case of an emergency, you may bring in a note
from your parent or guardian. For information about homework assignments, check
the science web page. Worksheets and assignments can be printed from the
website. If you miss more than two homework assignments, your parents will be
contacted and you may be removed from this advanced class.
Tests: At the end of
each chapter, expect team tests and individual tests. Pencils
must be used on tests. You may use notes and learning logs
during your tests. Individual tests will be given about one week after team
tests. Learn from the team tests. You may retake low individual tests to
improve your test score average. All tests less than 80% must be remediated.
Fix your tests during xblock.
Grading (example):
Weight
Total
points earned
Behavior/Classwork/Participation 25% 180/200
Homework 20% 100/100
Team Tests 15% 82/100
Individual Tests 40% 92/100
100%
91.6% or A
A+ = 100%98%, A = 97%93%, A = 92%90%,
B+ = 89%87%, B=86%84%, etc.
Website: Use Mr. Hand’s website to check math assignments. Homework help and hints are available. Play Quia review
games. Some quizzes are similar to the review games.
Extra Credit: Extra credit is
given periodically; take advantage of it. You can also receive extra credit if you
notice an error on the website, or notice that some information is missing. In
either case, you should alert me in writing. You may also email me. Email:
handjc@mansfieldct.org
If you need help: Check the College Preparatory Math
Homework page: http://www.cpm.org/students/homework/
I am always happy to help during xblock. Play the “QUIA” review games.
Surf the math web site. Read the notes and play review games.
How to reach me:
Jon Hand
Email: handjc@mansfieldct.org
Leave a message: 4295004, extension 304
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