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Ms. Melissa King
Algebra 1


Algebra I Syllabus (MA 27)

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Contact Information:

Ms. King                  Room 602               (480) 472-4458



Algebra I is the introductory level of high school mathematics, and is designed to expand upon the skills and topics students worked with in Junior High School.  Algebra I is a Graduation Requirement for Arizona.  Algebraic concepts are extended and connected to topics in linear, exponential and quadratic functions.  There is a focus on the development of students’ abilities to reason both numerically and spatially, to communicate and solve problems employing a wide variety of approaches, technology, and disciplines.  The difficulty level of this course is average.

Distance Learning Supplies / Systems:

The following items will be used often during the Algebra I course:

1.    CANVAS:  CANVAS is the portal for the entire course.  CANVAS will house lessons, discussions, videos, quizzes and tests.

2.    Big Ideas:  Big Ideas is the on-line textbook for this course.

·       Big Ideas will be used for assignments throughout the course.

3.    On-Line Calculator:  For those of you without a TI84, please see for FREE on-line scientific and graphing calculators.

4.    Notebook:  I highly recommend each student to have a dedicated notebook for this course.  They can us this to keep their notes and work out solutions on their assignments.  Math learning is greatly improved by writing down your work.  While I do understand that many students can “do it in their head,” my experience is that at some point during the course, this no longer works, and the student could find themselves in trouble.  Being able to visually explain and justify your work is not just a math skill, but a life skill.

On-Line Learning:

We will have 2 MODES of on-line learning as we begin the academic year.  They are Synchronous and Asynchronous.

Synchronous Learning Students will participate in live synchronous learning with their teacher using the WebEx platform two times per week. Students will be required to attend and participate during their scheduled Live WebEx class. Students/families will need to communicate directly with the teacher if there are extenuating circumstances where attendance can't be met during the Live WebEx session. All Live WebEx classes will be recorded and placed in CANVAS for a later viewing if needed. Periods 1, 2, 3 will meet on Mondays and Thursdays, and periods 5, 6, 7 will meet Tuesdays and Fridays. for.

Asynchronous Learning In addition to the Live WebEx meetings, students will be expected to complete and submit assignments to be graded. Just like during the normal school setting, students will work with teachers and be assigned work that is to be completed and submitted for a grade outside of the scheduled live class time.  Asynchronous learning can occur in a variety of methods, but two of the more prominent will be via OFFICE Hours and INDEPENDENT work.

Office Hours:  I will host Office Hours on non-Live class days.  These provide the opportunity for students to call-in and receive INDIVIDUALIZED tutoring / assistance.

Independent Work:  When able, students can complete and submit work on their own.  This would include assignments, quizzes, projects and tests.


Assignments.  To the extent possible, assignments can be completed and submitted using a method that works best for the student.  My intention is to have Assignments available in CANVAS/Big Ideas, and also as a traditional worksheet.  Submissions within CANVAS and Big Ideas are submitted electronically, with immediate grading and feedback.  Worksheet submissions can be downloaded, written on electronically and returned, OR printed out, written on, and submitted as a photo.


Tests/Quizzes/Projects.  We will study about five units per semester.  Content Mastery will be assessed using computer-based Tests, Quizzes, or Projects. In accordance with Westwood Grading Policy, students will have multiple opportunities to re-take both Tests and Quizzes to demonstrate mastery.  Tests and Quizzes can be re-taken up until the Friday before the Semester Final Exam.

Scores on test Re-Takes will replace the original score (if better).  A student’s grade will not go down due to a Re-Take.

Synergy will reflect two scores for each assessment: The original score in one column, and a Re-Take or Correction score in the second column (if completed by the student.)


Progress Reports.  In order to monitor student progress, grades are done online and can be checked as needed.  The gradebook in Synergy is the official course gradebook.  Canvas will record grades for individual tasks, but this is not the official grade.

COURSE GRADING              

Quarter Grading Policy:                                  Semester Grading Policy:

Tests / Quizzes / Projects  80%                         Semester course grade     80%  

Assignments                      20%                         Final Exam                        20%    


Classroom Expectation

My expectations for our on-line environment is that students will participate as required, including attending the LIVE webex Classes, replying to email, participating in class discussions, seeking help when needed, and submitting their work when completed.

While on-line and/or attending a LIVE class, I expect respectful, polite and school-appropriate interactions between students and between students and myself.  Inappropriate on-line behavior is subject to disciplinary action just as if it occurred in class.



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