**Accelerated Math**

**What to expect when you're expecting to take an advanced math class.**

ACCELERATED

How did we get here?

**ACCELERATED**

**MATH**

Here's a quick overview of what we'll be talking about today?

What goes on in the class?

OK, so what's the downside?

Supplies

Accelerated math will most likely give you your first academic challenge and the pathway to overcome that challenge is long and hard. Can you persevere and emerge the victor? The answer: yes!

Downside?

Supplies

What are the expectations for the class?

What Goes On In

Accelerated Math?

Pre-AP Accelerated Math

All Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for grades 6, 7 and 8.

Take 8th Grade STAAR (April 3 2018)

Pre-AP Math

Formerly known as "Honors."

All TEKS for 6th grade; one-half TEKS for 7th grade.

Take 6th Grade STAAR (April 2018)

Textbook: Texas Math Course 1, 2, and 3

Designed by McGraw-Hill

Part inquiry-based learning; part direct instruction.

Some examples are provided, but it is advisable to purchase a copy of Math On Call.

Thomas Edison: "I have not failed 1,000 times. I have successfully discovered 1,000 ways to NOT make a light bulb."

This class will likely be the first time your child has received a substantial academic challenge.

Parents & Students: Mr. Peterson is available until 10 p.m. by phone at 817-597-6594 and e-mail at ryan.peterson@fwisd.org.

Notebook Organization

"Floppy" Notebook is our current textbook.

Vocabulary section (remains even when textbook section is switched out)

Textbook section (our current textbook, transferred to "hard" notebook once completed).

Homework is given daily and is at the back of each section.

Bobcat Builder: Goes out Monday, Comes in Friday.

What Goes On In

Accelerated Math?

What Goes On In Accelerated Math?

What Goes On In

Accelerated Math?

Homework

Expect at least 30 minutes of homework per night.

Not an excuse to give your exceptional child more work.

Due to the accelerated pace of the class, much of the practice that occurs "in class" must occur at home.

Expected at the start of class - no exceptions, no excuses.

What Goes On In

Accelerated Math?

Extra class time

Three to four Saturday Math Camps.

November 4, November 11, January 27 (if needed)

NOT remedial/review - new material will be covered

8:00 a.m. to noon

breakfast/lunch provided.

One week before STAAR:

45 minute zero-hour math before school (required review)

Please limit e-mails, calls and texts to one to two questions and only after you have consulted a friend and still have a question.

If I do not respond or answer, that is NOT an excuse for not doing homework.

The way I see it …

Tutoring: EVERY DAY from 7:50 a.m. to 8:20 a.m.

Coming does not mean you are “dumb,” it means you want to know MORE.

website: rjpeterson.wordpress.com

Homework Reminder: Text @preapacc to 817-591-4960

Correcting mistakes

Every test can be corrected using a “Corrections Form,” regardless of a student’s score.

Correct answers will receive 50% credit.

So, say you missed 20 points and scored an 80. Then you corrected all of the questions adequately, I would add 10 points back to your score (50% of 20 is 10)

Bobcat Sheets can also be corrected under the same criteria as above.

Homework is peer-graded every day and is not correctable.

Grading standards

Log into Fort Worth ISD's Focus for constant updates.

Usually not active until 2 weeks after school starts.

Generally, I post grades quickly, but allow one business day for grades to post.

“Unofficial” paper progress reports issued every two weeks by Mr. Peterson.

Grades below an 81 must be signed by a parent.

“Official” progress reports are issued every three weeks.

“Official” report cards are issued every six weeks.

If a student is unable to maintain an 81 average by the six weeks mark, he or she can be removed from the Accelerated Math class at any point in the year.

Competitive

Math Club

A way to accelerate even more!

Learn concepts before they are taught to the class.

3:45 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. on Mondays

MathCounts (January 2018)

University Interscholastic League (March 2018)

Fort Worth ISD Problem Solving competition (May 2018)

Starts in Mid-September (listen for announcements).

Algebra 1 STAAR End Of Course Exam counts as part of your final grade.

If you fail the course, you must retake it during summer school.

On track to take two high school courses in middle school (Algebra 1 and Geometry).

You are essentially “using up” two of the “easier” math classes that could benefit your grade point average.

Pencils (lots)

Floppy (poly) three ring binder (at least 0.5-inch width)

Hard three-ring binder (3-inch)

Protractor

Graph Paper

Graphing Calculator (optional)

TI-Nspire CX

**MATH**

What does Accelerated Math Mean?

Study all the math standards for sixth through eighth grade.

Take the eighth grade STAAR (as a sixth grader) on April 3, 2018.

How did we get here?

Lifetime of developing math skills (unlike Ma and Pa Kettle).

Tested during fifth grade.

52 data points

Behavior

Behavior problems are not tolerated.

How can I help my child?

Watch videos at

www.khanacademy.org

Stay up-to-date on homework and assessment dates by receiving text updates from Mr. Peterson. Text @preapacc to 817-591-4960.

A typical day in

Accelerated Math

Morning Tutoring (room 305): 7:55 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.

optional, but encouraged

Period 1 (Room 305): 8:35 a.m. to 9:25 a.m.

Warm up, bobcat builder, homework questions, check homework, begin lesson.

Passing Period 9:25 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Period 2 (Room 305): 9:30 a.m. to 10:10 a.m.

Continue lesson(s), check for understanding

Escort students to lunch: 10:05 a.m.