**2017-2018 8th Grade Math**Mr. Nixon, Mr. Weldon, Mrs. Wohlers

8th Grade Math Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What type of math will my student be learning?

A: This year math will consist of solving equations, functions, graphing linear

equations, the Pythagorean Theorem, volume and transformations.

Q: Will my student have homework every night in math?

A: No, there will not be math homework every night. There will be homework

throughout the year, but students will not have homework each night. When

homework is given, students will often have time in Seminar to complete it.

Q: Will my student have a math textbook?

A: Yes, each student will receive a Big Ideas Math Book. Each student is

responsible for returning the textbook given to them at the beginning of the

year. If a the correct textbook is not turned in, a lost book fee will be

assessed.

Q: Will my student be able to retake assessments?

A: Yes, students can retake assessments, as long as they can prove relearning

has occurred. Relearning activities will be provided by us. On most occasions,

students will be responsible for making arrangements to complete a retake

outside of class time.

Q: When are progress checks given and how are they graded.

A: Progress checks are given at certain checkpoints within a unit.

A progress check is given after students have been taught, practiced and had

the opportunity to ask questions about the content. Progress checks will

be graded on accuracy.

Q: Can my student retake progress checks?

A: No, students are not able to retake progress checks.

Q: Can my students turn in late work?

A: Student work turned in late WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. If a student was absent

the day an assignment was given, they can complete the work for credit.

Q: What type of work counts towards my student’s final grade?

A: Assessments (70%), Progress Checks (10%), Practice (10%) and Trimester

Finals (10%) make up a student’s grade.

Q: How will practice/homework be graded?

A: Practice/Homework assignments will be graded on completion, not on

accuracy. A practice/homework assignment is the first time students have

had the opportunity to work on the concept. We don’t feel students should be

graded on accuracy after only one chance to learn the content.

Q: How will the day-to-day math lessons be taught?

A: Our math class will be taught using Learning Rotations. Each class session

will generally have three learning rotations: Direct Instruction, Vocabulary

and Review. Students will rotate in small groups to each station to interact

with math content.

Q: What will students do during each rotation?

A: Direct Instruction - small groups with the teacher, students will receive

explicit instruction over the content.

Vocabulary - students will work with the key vocabulary of the unit. This

could include creating graphic organizers, creating vocabulary webs or

using a variety of online programs and/or activities centered on vocabulary.

Review - students will review and practice previously learned content. This

could include practice problems, online quizzes or other learning games.

Q: What should I do if I feel my student is struggling on a certain unit or concept?

A: Contact your student’s teacher and we can discuss a variety of options. In

previous years, we’ve sent home student workbooks, set up lunch sessions or

used online resources.

Q: Is there some way to know what my student is working on each day?

A: Yes, we use a website that is updated daily. The website will include the

Direct Instruction lessons, as well as video lessons, online games related to

the content, a homework calendar and much more. The website is:

lcmath8.weebly.com

Q: What is the best way to contact my student’s teacher?

A: Email is the easiest and quickest way to contact your teachers:

Mr. Nixon - snixon@lewiscentral.org

Mr. Weldon - bweldon@lewiscentral.org

Mrs. Wohlers - cwohlers@lewiscentral.org

Phone - (712) 366 - 8250