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Note to Parents

This Geometry class may be a little different from what you or your child is used to. I hope this page will answer any questions you might have.

Homework

My classroom is based on what’s called a “flipped classroom” model. What that means is that your child’s homework will consist of watching a video where I go over the assigned topic. While watching, he will take the notes that would normally have been taken in class. After taking the notes, he will usually be assigned some simple computer-based practice. Having taken notes at home then allows us to spend the class time practicing and problem-solving.

Your child’s homework grade will be based on whether the notes are

And whether he has done the practice problems.

The advantages of this model are that the student is not frustrated by trying to do difficult problems at home without support, and that students are doing math while they are in school instead of copying down notes. If you would like more information, I like this explanation.

Your Part

Please make sure your child is given time to watch the video and take the notes. The videos are less than 10 minutes long, but that is because I am expecting students to pause the video while they catch up writing. All told, I expect homework to take about 30 minutes every other day. If, for some reason, the video is not playing on this site, I also post the videos on Edmodo, Blendspace, and YouTube. I also have Chromebooks available before and after school. Not having access the night before the assignment is due is not an excuse for failing to do homework.

Standards-Based Grading and Quizzes

I have broken the course down into units, and each unit is further broken down into objectives. When I give a quiz over an objective, I give the child a grade ranging from 0 to 4 (the number in parentheses is the equivalent gradebook grade):

I am not necessarily grading on how many problems your child got right (although it does work out that way sometimes), but on the understanding I see demonstrated. If a student makes less than a 3.5 on an objective, however, I will allow that student to reassess the objective, and he can improve his grade up to a maximum of 3.5.

Speaking of grades …

Grade Breakdown

Your child’s grade is composed of the following:

15% Homework
35% Quizzes
50% Tests

As you can see, half of your child’s grade comes from things that are either (a) simple to do (take notes) or (b) correctable (quizzes).

Conclusion

I hope this has answered any questions you might have about your child’s Geometry class this year. If I have left anything out, or you have some question specific to your child, please feel free to email me at smiller5@aisd.net. If you would like to set up a conference, please contact the counseling office, and they can set it up.

Thank you for taking the time to read this, and thank you for the opportunity to teach your child — I do not take this responsibility lightly.

Sandra Miller