~ Attend class as much as possible
- Class time is limited, but a lot of material is presented, if you are absent seek notes from a friend and ask the teacher for help right away.
~ LISTEN during class
- Sometimes important ideas will not be written down on the board, but instead just spoken by the teacher. Also, other students might explain how to solve the problem differently for more ideas.
~ Take good notes
- Write everything down from the board including HOW to do the problem. I always simplify the textbook notes so you understand. Write down everything!!!
- Be neat and organized. I always label the sections, color code your vocabulary, and give page numbers. Use them while you do your homework and refer back to them even after the chapter is over.
~ Ask questions
- No question is a dumb one. Guarantee someone else is stuck; you are just the smarter one to ask. I can't read your mind and I can help clarify your misunderstanding by walking through the steps with you differently.
~ Listen when others ask questions
- It is always better to hear other questions and answers. (Two heads are better than one sometimes)
~ Review notes after class
- At home every night review what we did in class. If something is still confusing take note of it and ask the next day. Seeing the material more than once is the best!
~ Make a set of index cards
- Right down rules, steps, topics, possible examples, vocabulary, formulas, etc. This way you can review in between classes, in the car, etc. to refresh the memory.
~ Allow adequate time to study
- You CANNOT wait till the last minute to study a subject that includes so much information. It is not like studying other subjects. All content relies on the previous information. This is why it is so important to constantly review and stay on top of things.
~ Do homework daily
- Always do your homework! I give odds so you can check your answers in the back of the book. See if you understand it or not by checking, but show all work.
- Use your note taking notebook while you are doing your homework! Go step-by-step like we do in class. Enough repetition will build your understanding.
~ Practice, Practice, Practice
- Practice makes perfect (Need I say more?!) Use your homework samples, classroom exercises, quizzes, old tests, and the book (evens) for more help! Ask me for the evens to check if you were right. DON'T CREATE YOUR OWN PROBLEMS! How do you know if you are right?
~ Seek help if you need it
- I am always available to help you. Even though I am always with students and we may need come up with weird times to meet, I try to help you understand. I want you to get it! If not me, think about a tutor or older sibling to help you.
~ HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE!
- Think that you can do this! If you start off negatively, the results are not the best it can be!
- I know it can be frustrating at times, and it is my job to help you get the material the way YOU learn best. Together you can be successful with hard work and dedication!!!!
* During the test, take deep breaths and don't worry
about the time. I can always give you more time!
* If you are allowed to use your Note Taking Notebook
USE IT FAITHFULLY!!! If you took good notes like
mentioned above, you have everything you need at your
* Get a good night sleep the day prior to the test.
* Take a practice test from your book prior to the day.
There are plenty after every chapter and extra practice
sections. Use them!
* Check your answers to see if they make sense! (ex. If
the directions say round to the nearest tenth would you
write down 7.346432 ?)
* RELAX! If you get stuck, circle the problem and move
on. You can always go back to it!
* Don't be afraid to use scrap paper. SHOW ALL YOUR
WORK because I give partial credit!
^ Use the Internet as a resource. There are a million
websites available for practice, reviewing, and playing
games to help. Here are a few to think of...
http://glencoe.com (This goes along with your textbooks)
I even showed you how to see videos on every
lesson as a review! USE IT!!!!!!!
ALL OF THESE SITES AND MORE ARE FOUND ON MY WEBSITE UNDER THE HELPFUL SITES LINK
^ Ask me where to look for extra practice or ideas I can tell
you how to search!
^ If anything else, think of a tutor. Many high schools might
have kids interested in helping or check out professional
places within the area.
7.1 and 7.2: This is the regular 7th grade class. Their book is at
the 7th grade level that will enhance their skills and
build a deeper understanding of the math content at a
reasonable pace. I will often use worksheet in class, but the
book is a good resource. In this class we will focus on the
8.1 and 8.2: This is the regular 8th grade math class. Their book
is at the 8th grade level that will enhance their
skills learned throughout middle school. I tend to use
worksheets in class more often and will go out of
order. We will build a deeper understanding of the
math content at a reasonable pace that will prepare
them for Algebra I (in high school). In this class we
will focus on the following...
RTI Algebra: This is only during RTI time and is an addition to
their regular 8th Math class. The book I use as a reference
is a high school textbook, but capable of learning at an
8th grade pace. The concepts involved are used in high
school and prepare the students to either repeat Algebra I
or advance to another course such as Advanced Math,
Algebra II, or Geometry (in high school). This class
assumes students understand the basics and will focus
applying the concepts to higher level applications.