6th Grade Math Syllabus

6th Grade Math Syllabus

2018-2019

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

I am happy to be working with your child for math class throughout this next school year. With the year underway and the routines taking shape, I want to take this time to tell you of my expectations for math in 6th grade. It is most important that you know EACH assignment WILL BE GRADED ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER CORRECT!!!! I know this is different from previous years, but I am confident that it brings out the best performance and retention of the skills to move towards higher PSSA scores.  We are getting a new math series this year, so that will be implemented within the next couple of weeks as we also get the student computers on which we will be working. 

We have already started the first chapter, and hopefully your child has seen the benefits of actually using the definitions and examples that we are copying into our notebooks. Each child is to have a notebook daily for class. Please check through your child’s notebook occasionally to make sure he/she is taking accurate notes. If you can’t read it, neither can they. It is supposed to be a supplemental aid to help if/when they have difficulty remembering how to do the homework. This is different than the math notebook they might have had last year. I’m hoping you will not only take the time to look at the notebook when you sign it, but also you might take a few minutes to go over the material to study for the test. The notebooks can and should also be used if a child is not sure about how to do any problems.

Homework is given almost daily, and every homework assignment is graded. It is most important that you know EACH assignment WILL BE GRADED ACCORDING TO THE NUMBER CORRECT!!!! I know this is different from previous years, but I am confident that it brings out the best performance and retention of the skills to move towards higher PSSA scores.There is a percentage grade put in the gradebook for each assignment. So, students need to make sure they are accurately completing homework. Students with incomplete/missing homework will receive a note home stating the assignment that was incomplete, as well as the reason given by the child. Please return this signed with your child the next day along with the assignment.

Tests are given at the end of each chapter. Occasionally I will give a bonus problem. Any student receiving a ‘D’ or ‘F’ average will be required to take it home for a signature.

Students may receive additional help in math during homeroom, lunchtime, or during study hall. Please understand that I will not give your child answers, but I will teach him/her how to help themselves through the notes and examples that are in the book or notebook. I’ve already asked each of them to TRY problems before they bring them to me with the notebook. Even if they’re totally confused and think they don’t understand, I can at least see where they are thinking incorrectly. A blank page doesn’t help them or me figure out what they don’t understand. (Students often interpret this as an unwillingness on my part to help them, but this is far from the truth. It does NOT help them to simply explain to them how to do it. It is more beneficial to try and get them to RECALL the process, even if they use the notebook to help them.)

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me via phone or email at the school. Thank you for your support and cooperation throughout this upcoming year.

Sincerely,
Mrs. J. A. Yungwirth

jyungwirth@wellsborosd.org

570-724-2306

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