I expect we will all have a wonderful year, and I want to inform you of a few details about how I run the daily routine in class. Our classes will be 50 minutes long, and will be composed of four main components. The class will travel through “rotations” in small groups. First, the class will have a whole group lesson or presentation (ex. notes and practice with surface area of prisms). On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we will then split into two or three groups and each group will visit stations during the class period. One station is the small group lesson, where I sit with a group and reinforce the lesson material for the day. Another station is the independent practice station, where groups will work together to investigate and solve problems or puzzles. The third station is the tech-work station. This station has students on technology doing various math based software and games. Our class time will be busy, and time will fly, so I expect we will move quickly, quietly, and safely through all or our rotations. We will spend much of the first few days practicing the routine so we get it down smoothly.
Students in Mr. Pond’s class will be studying math in the investigative style and doing many different tasks to demonstrate their learning. There will be group work, multi-media lessons, digital learning, and traditional pen and paper type of assignments. I will use a standards based grading system to gauge student learning. I will be assessing students on their mastery of learning targets aligned to the state standards. Students will be offered multiple opportunities to show their mastery of any given learning target. We will review mistakes and misconceptions to foster critical problem solving methods. Students will not be penalized for mistakes and misunderstanding. They will be given additional opportunities to demonstrate their understanding in the form of corrections and make-up work. There will be equal weight given to all learning targets, as they are aligned to state standards. This policy motivates students by giving multiple opportunities to demonstrate mastery of a given standard over the course of the semester. This should not discourage students who struggle at the beginning and will not punish them for their struggles. Assessments of learning will consist of performance tasks, student work, and unit/section tests. Assessments for learning will consist of self-assessments and review before summative tests. I will take the learning styles of each student into account when planning activities and tasks. Students will access different media to allow multiple opportunities for demonstration of mastery. The world allows us chances to learn from our mistakes and try again, so will I. I will locate Math materials in other languages as needed, and I will work with EC staff to properly modify assignments and provide accommodations to students with special needs.
I will expect All students to uphold the code of conduct. Misbehavior will be dealt with according to schoolwide expectations: 1. Warning 2. Reflection sheet 3. Bounce to another classroom 4. Office referral and call home. We will create a safe and inviting class environment, so we all can take risks and learn. We will be open to the ideas of others and listen to different viewpoints. We will take time to center and calm ourselves when we feel frustrated or stressed. We will help others in the class as we are a family.
Education and school are wonderful tools that we are lucky enough to have, and I want students to understand that school is there for them. I, the teacher, am there for you, the student! I am here to help you students on your way to becoming intelligent, kind, and self-aware adults.
6th grade Math teacher