Algebra - Monday, August 21

We took our first quiz today on sections 1.1 - 1.3. We will have our first test this Friday on chapter 1. There are no presents tonight!

posted on: August 21, 2006

Algebra - Friday, August 18

A terrific kick off this week! I think we have covered the majority of the housekeeping and are ready to dive in. Today, we checked homework and took notes on 1.3, Order of Operations. We did worksheet 1.2 together in class. There will be a quiz on Monday on sections 1.1 - 1.3 and worksheet 1.2. Homework is worksheet 1.2 which we started in class.

posted on: August 18, 2006

Algebra - Thursday, August 17

Here we go! We did a brief review over vocabulary in sections 1.1 and 1.2. We practiced using the graphing calculators and learning how to raise a base to a power. There will be a quiz on Monday on 1.1 - 1.3.
Presents for tonight: p. 6, 19 - 29, odd, 35, 37, 45, 47
p. 8, (mixed practice), 51-61, odd

p. 12, 17 - 61, odd
p. 14, 73 - 83, odd

Remember, you manage your success in math by checking your answers in the back of the book, re-working a missed problem one time only and circling or highlighting the problem if you still can't solve. The next day in class, I am happy to work the problem for you and clarify any questions you have. By staying on top of your accuracy in working the problems, you can let me know where you are uncertain and I can help you. You will be amazed at the level of success you can achieve by maintaining accuracy with your homework!!

posted on: August 17, 2006

Algebra - Wednesday, August 16

Happy 3rd day of school! I think we have just about covered all the beginning of the year necessities. A couple more email addresses, signed letters and we will be off and running. We finished the pretest today and from the feedback I am getting, I will get to teach lots this year!! I love it! Textbooks were passed out today and should be covered. Other than that, we will dive in tomorrow, so be ready!

posted on: August 16, 2006

Tuesday, August 15

I hope everyone has had a smooth transition over the last couple of days. If you haven't brought in your signed syllabus (algebra needs the signed letter also), please have that ready for tomorrow. We continued to work on the pre-test today. No homework...

posted on: August 15, 2006

Classroom Procedures

Ms. Moncrieff’s Math – 8C
Important Math Information
Algebra I

Welcome to Algebra I! It is a privilege to have you in class . I want to remind you that this is a high school class and expectations will be slightly different than a regular middle school level class. Our pace will be fast and there will be lots of practice, so please expect homework nightly. You should expect anywhere between 30 – 45 minutes each evening. Also, Algebra is the beginning of a new type of math for you that focuses as much, or more, on the process as well as the answer. Be prepared to always show your work for full credit. If this has not been your pattern in the past, it soon will be and you will quickly see the benefits!

This year we will be working periodically in journals. This is an additional method we will use to help assess how clearly the students are understanding the processes they are learning. I am most excited to help them learn the importance of verbalizing the process of algebra and be able to explain “why” we do certain things.

**Very importantly, there is a high level of expectation of students that are in the Algebra program to continue in the program. Students will be expected to maintain an “80” test average for the first nine weeks and again for the second nine weeks to stay in the class. The reason for this stringent criteria is that the second half of the year the level of difficulty soars. The first half of the year contains a large amount of review from previous years and it is believed that in order for a student to gain maximum achievement in advanced math, they must have mastered the first half of the curriculum. This will be strictly adhered to and any students that are in jeopardy at the first nine weeks or the second nine weeks will be alerted well prior to the end of the grading period.

**(Parent’s signature)_________________________________________

Materials – You will need to have the following with you everyday…
1. Math notebook – three ring binder with loose leaf paper
Divided into sections-
a. Notes
b. Homework
c. Returned quizzes/tests
d. Extra paper

2. Graph paper
3. Calculator (recommended)
4. Pencils, no pen, erasable or not, will be accepted
5. Journal notebook that will be kept in the classroom

Extra Help Sessions

Help sessions will be available as needed. Generally the day of an assessment, quiz or test a session will be held in my room from 8:15 – 8:40. Please plan to take advantage of this time to come in and review and have questions answered. Please keep in mind that this session is not intended for doing your homework, but to answer questions you may have had. I am here for you and want to help. Those participating in the extra help sessions will receive a three point bonus on whatever their next assessment is. (Just a little something to show my appreciation for your extra efforts!)

Absences/Make-up Work
Keep in mind, this is a high school class and you ARE responsible for all work missed due to an absence. It is your responsibility to call homework hotline (# 678-594-8454, ext. 3880), or call a friend to find out what assignments you have missed. You are allotted the same number of days to make up your work as you were out. It is strongly suggested that any tests/quizzes that need to be made up be taken in the morning to eliminate additional out of class time. Talk to me and we can arrange this. This will truly benefit you! Class instruction is very valuable since a large portion of the material taught this year is entirely new material.

Classroom Rules and Regulations
1. Arrive to class on time. I need to start class promptly. Unexcused tardiness will result in disciplinary action.
2. Upon arrival, go directly to your seat and take out last night’s homework and be prepared to start class immediately.
3. Remain in your seat unless given permission to be up.
4. Take care of sharpening pencils before class.
5. A # 2 pencil shall be used at all times. Any work done in ink will be re-done in pencil. Avoid the extra work, be prepared.
6. Every minute in class is important. Please always remember to raise your hand. Any unnecessary interruptions or disruptions will be handled quickly in order to maximize our time on task.
7. Cheating will NOT be tolerated and all guilty parties will receive a grade of a zero.

Please show respect for other classmates, the teacher and yourself at all times.

I know it sounds tough, but we will actually have a wonderful year if we all follow these simple guidelines. I am truly here to help you learn and hope to help you enjoy your 8th grade math experience. Let’s work together towards a positive and successful school year!

Student’s signature_____________________________________
Parent’s signature______________________________________

posted on: August 09, 2005

Syllabus and First of the Year Info

Algebra Syllabus
Ms. Moncrieff

Text: Algebra I , by McDougal Littell Inc.

Website for class homework, scheduled assessments, etc…

First Nine Weeks
Chapter 1 Connections of Algebra
Chapter 2 Properties of Real Numbers
Chapter 3 Solving Linear Equations

Second Nine Weeks
Chapter 4 Graphing Linear Equations and Functions
Chapter 5 Graphing Linear Equations
Chapter 6 Solving and Graphing Linear Inequalities

Third Nine Weeks
Chapter 7 Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities
Chapter 8 Exponents and Exponential Functions
Chapter 9 Quadratic Equations and Functions

Fourth Nine Weeks
Chapter 10 Polynomials and Factoring
Chapter 11 Rational Equations and Functions
Chapter 12 Radicals and Connections to Geometry
**Please note : The syllabus is only a guide and subject to change.