High School Syllabus

Mountain View High School

Algebra II

Teacher:  Mr. Johnson

 

Philosophy:

I am so excited to be working at Mountain View High School and look forward to working with and learning from you.   I love to teach and even more, I get really excited when students want to learn.  I like the quote, “To learn, you must want to be taught.”  I have the opportunity to teach a very demanding subject, mathematics.  I am used to students (and parents) telling me how hard math classes are and how much time they take.  I agree, but I believe the greatest rewards come from rigor and effort.

Now, a little about my teaching philosophy:  Correct answers are important in any math class; however, the process involved in coming up with those answers is of utmost value.  Perhaps Israel Nathan Herstein said it best when he wrote, “The value of a problem is not so much coming up with the answer as in the ideas and attempted ideas it forces on the would-be solver.”  In the classroom, teaching in such a way that the students actually learn will be my greatest focus.   I feel like I am a facilitator and believe in group activities and cooperative learning situations.  Be advised though, that I will challenge your students.  Another one of my favorite quotes is by John Stuart Mill He said, “A pupil from whom nothing is ever demanded that he cannot do, never does all he can.”  Knowledge opens doors and makes for a more promising future.  I want that for all of my students.

Curriculum Content:  I will follow the Wyoming State Algebra Curriculum Standards for this course.  The focus will be on the following conceptual categories.

  • Number and Quantity (Real and Complex Number System, Correct Units)
  • Algebra  (Solving Equations, Simplifying and Evaluating Expressions)
  • Functions  (Identify & Graph Relations & Functions, Model with Functions)
  • Modeling (Make Connections Between Real-World and Math)
  • Geometry (Pythagorean Theorem and Right Triangle Trig)
  • Statistics and Probability  (Regressions, Recurrence Relation, Predictions)
  • Tools (Use technology appropriately)
  • Problem Solving (Solve Problems Algebraically, Graphically, Numerically)

Class Materials:

  • Notebook
  • Pencil
  • Graphing Calculator

Resources:

     The students will have access to the following resources for mastering the Algebra II
     concepts:

  • Textbook / Worksheets
  • IXL Computer Tutorial
  • Teacher assistance in and out of class time

Academic Misconduct:

If a student is caught copying or cheating on any assignment or exam, he/she will receive
a zero for that assignment or exam with no chance of make-up. 

Late Work: 

Any work turned in passed the due date or assessment not taken on the scheduled date will be considered late and only receive half credit.  The only exception to this policy is if the student misses class due to a legitimate excused absence or a school activity. In this situation the student has until the next time he/she attends class to turn in the assignment or complete the assessment for full credit.

Grading Policy for Algebra II:

      60%     Assessments

      40%     Homework and IXL

The final letter grade will be based on the percentage of total points earned to total points
available during the grading period.

      60% - 62%      D-        70% - 72%      C-        80% - 82%      B-        90% - 93%     A-

      63% - 66%      D         73% - 76%      C         83% - 86%       B         94% - 100%    A

      67% - 69%      D+       77% - 79%      C+       87% - 89%      B+

 

Communication:

As I get more organized I will post my assignments on a calendar, but as for now, you can check on Power School to see the assignments and exam dates.

I will be available for help after school until 4:00 Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.  The best way to do so is to email, but I will also check my phone regularly.

Email: johnsonp@uinta4.com

Phone: 307-782-6338  ext: 7224  (leave a message if I don’t answer)