Time to Start the 2018 – 2019 School year
This is going to be a great year teaching 7th grade math. I am very excited to be trying something new, with new students and a new team to be working with. I will be starting my 9th year here at DSA and I am very excited.
A little about me. I am originally from Wisconsin and have been living in Colorado for the past 12 years. Before teaching in WI I was in the Peace Corps for 2.5 years also teaching math, this was one of the best experiences I had and really made me want to get into teaching when I returned home and have enjoyed it ever since. In the Peace Corps I came to realize students are the same all over the world. They want to learn, they act very similar and will give you there best if you ask them. I have a few pictures posted in my room from my time in the Peace Corps in Ghana Coastal West Africa. Feel free to ask questions about my time there and I am glad to share my experience throughout the year. My first two years in Colorado I taught at Grandview High School in Cherry Creek and then taught for two years at Welby New technology High School in the Mapleton School district. I have enjoyed all the schools I have taught at, but definitely enjoy the students, staff and administration the most here at DSA.
I have always enjoyed math and like to share stories of my struggles in math with students to show that even if you struggle with something you can still reach your goals. I have a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from UW Eau Claire, I have my teaching degree from UW Milwaukee and I have my Masters in Computer Science Education from Cardinal Stritch University.
Apart from school I am a full time parent. With the help of my wife we are raising three boys all 2 years apart. Isaac will be in 6th grade and has started track this year, Riley will be in 4th grade with some advanced work in math, and Wesley will be in 2nd grade. Having 3 boys in school I understand the amount of homework that can be coming home and the amount of help that parents sometimes need to give their children. Like I said Riley will be dong advanced work in some subjects, he recently got tested for the Gifted and talented program at his school. this will be another learning curve for my wife and I this year. As I mentioned I have been teaching now for around 17 years. I try to make myself as available as possible to students and parents. I am usually at school by 7 am and leave around 3:30 pm. Because of meetings I am not available on Mondays and most Wednesdays after school, unfortunately I do not give up my lunch period very often, I set this time aside for test and quiz make-ups.
I try to make myself as available as possible, if you have questions emailing me is usually the quickest way to get a response. I will return phone calls and emails within 48 hrs.
If you have questions and can not find me send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 720-424-1760.
Please print and sign the following page to indicate you have read and understand the information in my rules and expectations sheet.
The best place to get information about your grade, upcoming assignments, tests and quizzes go to infinite campus. I do my best to have this planed out for about a week or more and update as soon as possible. I do enter grades within a day of collecting assignments. On my webstie I will post the outline of what we will be covering throughout the year and tentative test dates. I will also post basic outlines of my notes, these are not substitutes for the notes we take in class, but a good outline of what we did. I do not update the website as much as infinite campus so make sure you look at both.
|Tutoring||7:30 – 7:55|
|Pd 1 Arts||8:00 – 9:30|
|Pd 2 Academics||9:35 – 10:41|
|Pd 3 Academics||10:46 – 11:52|
|Lunch||11:52 – 12:37|
|Pd 4 Academics||12:37 – 1:43|
|Pd 5 Academics||1:48 – 2:55|
Mon – Thurs or Block days
|Pd 1 Art||7:40 – 9:15|
|Pd 2 Academics||9:20 – 10:30|
|Pd 3 Academics||10:35 – 11:45|
|Lunch||11:45 – 12:30|
|Pd 4 Academics||12:30 – 1:40|
|Pd 5 Academics||1:45 – 2:55|
Attendance – make sure you contact the office when absent, also check my website or infinite campus to determine what you missed that day and what the assignments are, if you can’t find the information you can email me and I will let you know what we did. If you are going to be gone for a long time make sure you contact the office about extended absence forms to completed. If you are absent from class I do send emails home to check, especially if you are not excused from missing class.
I put a lot of this in the students hands, if your child is missing class they are responsible for making up the work they missed, getting the notes from another students and handing in any homework, I always emphasize getting work turned in before a student leaves, it eliminates some of the pressure of making up the work when they get back.
If you miss a class or just need a little more help to understand a topic and can’t seem to connect with me try going to Kahn Academy or youtube and look for examples of what we are currently discussing, these have helped students in the past. I do post my notes online, these are very basic and students may still need to come in to see me about them. I try to make powerpoints of my notes to help stay consistent and give students something to look at if they missed class. If you need a little more time with homework talk to me before it is due and we can work out an extension on the homework, I always like to see what you have done before giving extensions and like to see you during tutoring.
DPS Grading Scale-System – this shows you how grades are given based on honors, AP and a regular classroom
This year in 7th grade we will be trying Honors and NonHonors, similar to high school. The 7th grade team is going to try something different this year and let students opt into doing honors work for a semester at a time. Since so many students are Gifted and Talented this gives them the opportunity to demonstrate and expand on their knowledge and understanding of topics. Students will be expected to do a project, assignment, or paper per unit in math. This may be an extension of what we are currently discussing or something we do not have time to do in class and they have to learn, explain and demonstrate an idea. There will also be additional problems throughout a unit to show advanced knowledge and understanding. Majority of this will be done outside of class an on their own.
Students need to maintain an A or B to stay in honors the second semester.
The Math department decided to do this to help students that want to advance in math. We do not do advancement in 6th or 7th grade, but their is options to advance passed the next grade level. A lot of the honors work will cover material they will miss in 8th grade, but is still important foundation work for upper level math classes.
In addition to the honors work if a student wants to pass they will need to again maintain an A or B, take the district end of year exam, and take a supplemental exam that covers material that would be missed in 8th grade.
Links to some helpful sites:
http://www.khanacademy.org/ or on youtube search for profrobob