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Mr. Jon Gordon

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7th Grade Math Teacher
Teaching in the district since 2003
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Name: Jonathan Gordon  
                         
Email Address: jgordon@barnegatschools.com 
 
Phone : (609) 698-5880 x 18098
 

 

Effective mathematics education provides students with a balanced instructional program.  In such a program, students become proficient in basic computational skills and procedures, develop conceptual understandings, and become skilled at problem solving.  Standards-based mathematics instruction starts with basic material and increases in scope and content as the years progress.  Similar to an inverted pyramid, where the entire weight of the developing subject, including readiness for algebra, rests on the foundation built in the early grades.

 

In Grade 7, instructional time will focus on four critical areas: developing an understanding and applying of proportional relationships; developing an understanding of operations with rational numbers; working with expressions and linear equations; solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions; working with two-and three dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume; and drawing inferences about population based on samples.

 

 

Course Competencies/ Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete this course will be competent in the following areas:

●        Students will be able to analyze proportional relationships

●        Students will be able to perform rational number operations

●        Students will be able to generate equivalent expressions; solve problems using linear equations and inequalities

●        Students will be able to understand geometric relationships; solve problems involving angles, surface area and volume

●        Students will be able to analyze and compare populations, find probabilities of events

 

Course Texts / Online Resources

Boswell, Laurie and Larson, Ron, Big Ideas Math. 2014

 

Required Materials

Pencils

Textbook

Chromebook

3-Ring Binder (1 or 1.5 inches)

3 Binder Dividers

White Lined Paper

Attendance Policy

Regular and prompt class attendance is an essential part of the educational experience.  The Barnegat Township School District expects students to be responsible and exercise good judgment regarding attendance and absences.  Students accept full responsibility for ensuring that they complete any/all work missed due to absences. 

 

 Course Topic Outline

                Please find a list of the units for this course:

 

Content Area: Mathematics

Course Title: General Mathematics

Grade Level: 7

Unit 1: Proportional Relationships (Ratios, Rates, and Circles)

31 Days

Unit 2: Numbers and Operations (Addition and Subtraction of Rational Numbers)

16 Days

Unit 3: Numbers and Operations (Multiplication and Division of Rational Numbers)

16  Days

Unit 4: Algebraic Thinking (Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities)

31 Days

Unit 5: Proportional Relationships (Percents and Statistical Samples)

22 Days

Unit 6: Geometry (Solids, Triangles, and Angles)

29 Days

Unit 7: Probability (Theoretical Probability, Experimental Probability, and Compound Probability)

28 Days

Student Grades

The grading system for this course is based on the category weights listed in each department’s policy.  For this course, those weights are listed below.  Each marking period, students will have a minimum of three (3) Major Assessments and seven (7) Minor Assessments (explained below).  Uncollected homework is graded as part of Course Participation, which is assessed twice per marking period using the district rubric.  Collected homework assignments are graded for accuracy and are recorded as Minor Assessments. 

 

 

Major Assessments

50% of marking period grade

Minor Assessments

30% of marking period grade

Course Participation

20% of marking period grade

  • Examples of Major Assessments include items that are summative in nature, such as: tests, projects, research papers, formal presentations, reports, or any other type of assessment used to capture evidence of learning at the culmination of a unit of study.
  • Examples of Minor Assessments include items that are formative in nature, such as: quizzes, exit tickets, collaborative learning, small-scale research activities, notebook reviews, in-class worksheets, or any other type of assessment that is diagnostic in nature and used to guide instruction and provide ongoing feedback to students.
  • Note: grades for individual assignments are entered into Genesis for the marking period in which the assignment is assigned and collected, and not a subsequent marking period.
  • Extra Credit will only be available for assignments that have been approved ahead of time by the teacher and department supervisor.
  • In this course, it is expected that students will submit only their best work, and teachers reserve the right not to accept work that is substantially below what a student is capable of producing.
  • Please speak to your teacher about the opportunity for earned Second Chances on certain Major Assessments.

 

 

Course Participation Rubric

 

Academic Social Skills

Readiness to Learn / Study Skills

Homework

Classwork 

21st Century College and Career Readiness

 

Meeting Expectations

20 points 

Student consistently demonstrates high levels of age-appropriate academic social skills by showing initiative and independence in all of the components below: 

·         Self-advocacy

·         Persistence ”grit”

·         Identifying one’s own needs and communicates needs to others

 

Student’s classroom behavior is focused, on-task, and serves as a role model for others; the student does not require support from teacher, parents or others.

20 points 

Student

·         consistently arrives prepared for class and ready to learn;   

·         demonstrates high levels of organization, motivation, and ownership of his/her learning.  

 

Student consistently produces notes and other materials that demonstrate: effort to learn &  

• identification of the curriculum’s main ideas and important supporting details.  

20 points 

Student consistently completes the assigned homework and rarely misses a task, if at all.  

 

Student consistently expends his/her best efforts to complete assigned tasks. 

 

Homework consistently reflects high levels of care and pride in work.  

 

Homework is consistently done in a manner that advances learning.   

20 points 

Student 

·         consistently completes assigned classwork tasks;

·         voluntarily and actively participates in classroom activities on a consistent basis;

·         consistently remains focused and on task; 

·         contributes to class discussions in a meaningful way, by actively listening, asking questions, or sustaining discussion; 

·         consistently demonstrates leadership in collaborative activities. 

20 points 

Student consistently demonstrates competency in the following NJSLS Career Ready Practices.  

 

CRP1. 

CRP2. 

CRP4. 

CRP5. 

CRP6. 

CRP7. 

CRP8. 

CRP9. 

CRP11. 

CRP12.

 

*A full description of these items is listed at the bottom of the rubric.  

Approaching Expectations

15 Points 

Student usually demonstrates age-appropriate academic social skills such as persistence or self-advocacy, but may require teacher prompting or direction.  

 

Student’s classroom behavior is generally focused and on-task, but sometimes requires redirection or support from teacher, parents, or others.

15 Points

Student usually arrives prepared for class and/or demonstrates developing levels of organization, motivation, ownership of learning. 

 

Student frequently produces notes and materials that demonstrate effort to learn and identification of mean ideas, but may also require prompting and direction.  

15 Points

Student frequently completes the assigned homework but occasionally misses tasks, or tasks are completed with inconsistent effort.  

 

Homework usually reflects high levels of care and pride in work, but not always.  

 

Homework is generally done in a manner that advances learning.  

15 Points

Student 

·         usually completes assigned classwork tasks and generally produces his/her best work;

·         frequently participates in classroom activities but sometimes requires direction and prompting; 

·         during class discussions, usually contributes by actively listening, responding, and/or asking questions.  

15 Points

Student frequently demonstrates competency in the following NJSLS Career Ready Practices, but may need direction and support.  

 

CRP1. 

CRP2. 

CRP4. 

CRP5. 

CRP6. 

CRP7. 

CRP8. 

CRP9. 

CRP11. 

CRP12.

Not

Meeting

Expectations

 

10 Points

Student occasionally demonstrates age-appropriate academic social skills such as persistence or self-advocacy, and/or often requires teacher prompting or direction.  

 

Student’s classroom behavior is generally unfocused and off-task, and frequently requires redirection or support from the teacher, parents, or others.

10 Points

Student rarely arrives prepared for class and/or demonstrates limited levels of organization, motivation, ownership of learning. 

 

Student seldomly produces notes and materials that demonstrate effort to learn and identification of mean ideas, and often requires prompting and direction.  

10 Points

Student rarely completes the assigned homework and frequently misses tasks, or tasks are completed with limited effort.  

 

Homework rarely reflects high levels of care and pride in work.  

 

Homework is generally not done in a manner that advances learning. 

10 Points

Student 

·         seldomly completes assigned classwork tasks and generally does not produce his/her best work;

·         usually does not participate in classroom activities and often requires teacher direction and prompting; 

·         during class discussions, usually does not contribute by actively listening, responding, and/or asking questions.

10 Points

Student rarely demonstrates competency in the following NJSLS Career Ready Practices, and needs direction and support.  

 

CRP1. 

CRP2. 

CRP4. 

CRP5. 

CRP6. 

CRP7. 

CRP8. 

CRP9. 

CRP11. 

CRP12.

 

*New Jersey Student Learning Standards for 21st Century Life & Careers / Career Ready Practices 

CRP1. Act as a responsible and contributing citizen and employee.

CRP2. Apply appropriate academic and technical skills. 

CRP4. Communicate clearly and effectively and with reason.

CRP5. Consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of decisions. 

CRP6. Demonstrate creativity and innovation. 

CRP7. Employ valid and reliable research strategies. 

CRP8. Utilize critical thinking to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 

CRP9. Model integrity, ethical leadership and effective management.

CRP11. Use technology to enhance productivity.

CRP12. Work productively in teams while using cultural global competence.

 

Plagiarism, Cheating, and Academic Integrity

The Barnegat Township School District places a strong emphasis on students’ integrity, and the district will not tolerate instances of academic dishonesty.  Plagiarism is the practice of copying words, sentences, images, or ideas for use in written or oral assessments without giving proper credit to the source.  Cheating is defined as the giving or receiving of illegal help on anything that has been determined by the teacher to be an individual effort.  Both are considered serious offenses and are subject to consequences described in the Student Handbook and Board Policy #5701. 

 

Classroom Expectations

  1. All school rules and policies apply to this class.
  2. The teacher and students will work together for a respectful, safe classroom.
  3. Students will come to class on time, prepared, and ready to learn.
  4. Students will complete all assignments, including homework, by all deadlines. Make-up work is only accepted after an excused absence.  It is your responsibility to see me for your work before or after school.
  5. Students will actively participate in class discussions and other activities in order to enhance their learning experiences.
  6. Cell phones, iPods, or any other personal electronic devices are prohibited in class at any time.

 

Extra Help and Support

Occasionally, students will require additional help to master the content and skills in this course.  If you need additional help, there are a variety of options for you, including:

  • Before school help sessions with your teacher
  • Afterschool assistance program
  • Peer tutoring from NHS / NJHS students
  • Free online tutoring with Brainfuse (available from the Barnegat Library website

***IF YOU NEED HELP, JUST ASK!