# Mr. Tucker Room 202. Classroom Expectations This is an environment in which students can feel free to share ideas, build each other up, sharpen your skills.

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Mr. Tucker Room 202

Classroom Expectations This is an environment in which students can feel free to share ideas, build each other up, sharpen your skills and grow within the field of mathematics. In order for us all to succeed, there are certain expectations that I have of everyone. If we can all follow these guidelines and fulfill our potential, this can be a fun, exciting, and successful year. That being said, here are the expectations:

Are you O.N. P.A.R.? Openness No whining Preparation Accountability Respect

Curriculum Outline Algebra I This course follows the Algebra I course outline. “College Prep” – Comprehensive course coverage with moderate- quick pacing and in-depth exploration. Students are expected to participate actively and work independently. The course begins with a review of the skills that will lead students into algebraic concepts, and covers many topics including: systems of linear equations, inequalities, properties of real numbers, graphing linear equations, functions, quadratics, rational and irrational expressions, and exponents. The text is McDougal Littell’s Algebra 1, with supplemental material provided throughout.

Curriculum Outline Advanced Placement Statistics This course follows the A.P. Statistics course outline. It is a fast- paced, thorough investigation into varied aspects of probabilty and statistics, designed to prepare the student for the A.P. Exam in May. In this class, we explore the essentials of qualitative and inferential statistical analysis. This includes frequency distributions, charts and graphs, variance, standard deviation, probability, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, and more. Keeping up with homework, classwork, reading, writing and study skills is essential. An emphasis is placed on the role of statistics in the “real world,” and how this knowledge base can positively impact our lives. Connections are drawn to the fields of marketing, medicine, the stock market, and business, among others. The text is Freeman, The Practice of Statistics.

Curriculum Outline Math with Business Applications This class is often a recommended placement by guidance counselors for students who require a third math credit for graduation, but have struggled with math in the past. Regardless of the situation, this may be the most useful math class that your child will ever take. We cover such topics as checking and savings accounts, credit cards, budgeting, housing and vehicle costs, loan repayments, the stock market, interest, getting a job, resume and interview skills, paychecks, taxes, and investments. Classwork and participation are essential components to the successful completion of this class. The text is Glencoe’s Mathematics with Business Applications.

Grading Quizzes and tests are given in the middle and end of units to assess learning. Advance notice is given in order to adequately prepare; generally 3 – 4 days. Quizzes are averaged and contribute to the quarter grade.  A.P. Stats & Business Math: 30% Algebra 1: 40% Tests are averaged and contribute to the quarter grade.  A.P. Stats: 60% Business Math: 45% Algebra 1: 50% Homework is averaged and contribute to the quarter grade.  A.P. Stats & Algebra 1: 10% Business Math (Classwork): 25% Classroom participation and behavior aide in learning.

Grading  Homework Homework will be assigned nearly every day. The exceptions are before and after a test or quiz, and over a holiday. Homework is checked and reviewed at the start of every class. Late homework will not be accepted in any course. All homework is compiled and the averaged grade contributes to the quarter grade.

Is there any extra help? No student should have to struggle through notes, homework, or unfamiliar concepts on his or her own. I am available after school most days until 3:00pm to offer extra help, reteaching, homework assistance, quiz/test review, or anything else that might be needed.

Technology  The class makes use of technology in lessons, examples, and interactive learning. All students are provided with scientific and Texas Instruments 83-Plus graphing calculators for use in classwork, as well as on most tests and quizzes. I instruct students in their proper use, and utilize the Promethean Board every day for interactive lessons. The purchase of a graphing calculator is mandatory in A.P. Statistics, and highly advisable for Algebra 1, and in the future.

Communication Open lines of communication are paramount in providing quality education. If a student habitually underperforms on tests or quizzes (usually below 70%), or if the timely completion of homework is an obstacle, I will be in contact with you. Please feel free to contact me via e-mail at htucker@sheltonpublicschools.org Visit my website at www.tucker202.weebly.com www.tucker202.weebly.com * This slideshow will be posted on my website for your viewing

Thank You For Coming! Please be sure to sign the contact sheet before leaving, so that I have the most up-to-date and efficient means of making contact with you, if necessary. I hope you’ve enjoyed “Back To School Night.” If there is anything that I can do to assist you or your child, please let me know. Good Night!

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