Thurgood Marshall Middle
School

**Honors Geometry Course Syllabus**

**2005 Đ 2006**

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**Instructor: **Mr. Rick

**Course:** The
focus of Advanced Geometry is to study the dimensional relationship of lines
and figures in two and three-dimensional space. Problem solving, figure
analysis, application problems, constructions and proofs all play a part to
accomplish these studies. In a world where mathematics and technology play an
ever-increasing role, the study of geometry helps to prepare students for a
productive place in society or at the least provide an understanding of the
world around them. Each lesson is designed to motivate students to master the
content they need to solve problems involving applications, connections, and
integration.

The
Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools opens the geometric content
standards by saying, ŇThe geometry skills and concepts developed in this
discipline are useful to all students. Aside from learning these skill and
concepts, students will develop their ability to construct formal, logical
arguments and proofs in geometric settings and problemsÓ

**Goals and Objectives:** Provide opportunities for all students, regardless of
ethnicity, gender, learning styles, or economic status, to build and maintain
mathematical power, and to be prepared for further studies in mathematics.

Allow students to take
responsibility for their own learning and to reflect upon their work. Students
are expected to take advantage of redo opportunities for work that does not
meet the San Diego City School Standards.

Develop studentsŐ skills by
using appropriate mathematical tools, techniques, technology, and language.

Provide opportunities for
students to communicate and represent mathematical understanding in a variety
of ways such as proofs, diagrams, models, graphs, and typical mathematical
symbolism.

Develop reading comprehension
and accountable talk to improve understanding of mathematics.

Strengthen basic skill
through the use of warm-ups and work sheets.

Familiarize students with the
San Diego City School Standards utilizing the Principles of Learning in
designing and implementing lessons.

**Algebraic Skills:** At
Marshall we fell it is necessary and important for the student to continue
developing and refining algebraic skills. For that reason, we emphasize
algebraic skills on a regular basis. A variety of algebraic skills problems
will be reviewed throughout the class as need arise. It may be necessary for
some students to put in extra effort on their own with algebraic skill sheets
in the areas they need help.

**Standards:** This course contains exercises and materials that
reflect the Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools. A copy of
these standards can be provided upon request or can be found at www.cde.ca.gov/board.

**Textbook:** The book for this course is McDougal LittellŐs *Geometry*. Students will be assigned one book for which they
are responsible. There might be a classroom set so students shouldnŐt need to
bring their book everyday.

**Citizenship Standards:** The Mustang Code of Conduct is the code by which all
Marshall students are to conduct themselves and is carried in the studentsŐ
planner. Misbehavior is not tolerated as it interferes with the studentsŐ right
to learn and the teacherŐs right to teach. In general, the citizenship
guidelines are:

(E) An outstanding student
always cooperates, is always on task, always courteous, always uses time
wisely, and seeks out ways to help other students.

(G) A good student is always
courteous and cooperative, always participates and is generally prepared to
work.

(S) A satisfactory student is
generally cooperative, punctual, shows self-control and is self-directed most
of the time.

(N) A student who needs to
improve hinders the progress of the class, is undependable, needs close
supervision, is talkative, has tardy problems, or is inattentive.

(U) An unsatisfactory student
may have truancy or tardy problems, is insolent, uncooperative, defiant,
damages property, disrupts class, lacks self-control, and/or lacks
self-disciple.

Please review the citizenship
standards found in the planner with your child. I do not tolerate disruptive
behavior and, if necessary, it will become the parentŐs responsibility to
correct such behavior if it persists.

**Consequences for
unacceptable behavior:** 1. verbal warning; 2.
removal from the classroom; 3. parent contact; 4. detention; 5. referral to a
counselor or vice-principle.

Rewards for excellent
behavior are important ant those students will receive praise, positive phone
calls home, homework passes, special rewards and extra treats.

**Homework Policy:** Late homework will not be accepted. If there are
extenuating circumstances, late homework may be accepted with a parent
signature.

In cases of absences the
student will have as many days to make up the homework as they were absent.

Homework is graded on a
five-point rubric. 5 point work is complete, shows all work and follows
directions; 4 point work is mostly complete but may be missing minor components
or is not done in pencil; 3 points is incomplete and/or shows a lack of effort;
2 points is very incomplete and shows no effort; 1 point is given for work that
is all but incomplete; 0 points will be given for missing work or work that is
unacceptable.

Homework is expected to be in
pencil at all times to facilitate corrections. Students are to maintain a
separate notebook for warm-ups, class notes, and homework. Homework is not to
be thrown away.

**Assignment Schedule: **Homework is assigned daily. The assignments are posted
in the classroom, on the Internet, and on the Homework Hotline. Students are
responsible for keeping up with assignments when absent.

**Testing:** Students
can retake tests when they earn a D or F. They will have two weeks from the
date they get the test back to retake a test. There will only be one retake
allowed per test and it will be harder that the original.

**Grading Policy:**

Warm-ups
and notes 15%

Homework 20%

Tests 40%

Projects
and Quizzes 25%

Students who receive a low score on a project are expected to meet with the teacher after school, review the material, and redo the task in order to meet the standards. Students will be provided with examples of good products and/or task lists to guide their work. Grading rubrics will be discussed when the assignments are given. The student should save work until the end of the year.