**Math 10 Syllabus**

Teacher:Ms. Law

Teacher:

**Email:**wlaw@vsb.bc.ca

**Classroom:**Room 314

**Course Site:**mslawclasses.ca

**Big Ideas:**

- Algebra allows us to
**generalize**relationships through abstract thinking. - The meanings of, and
**connections**between, each operation extend to powers and polynomials. - Constant rate of change is an essential attribute of linear
**relations**and has meaning in different representations and contexts. - Trigonometry involves using
**proportional reasoning**to solve**indirect measurement**problems. - Representing and analyzing
**situations**allows us to notice and wonder about relationship.

**Bring to every class:**

- Writing Implements
- Scientific Calculator (Cannot use your phone or tablet)
- Notebook or Binder with Loose Leaf Paper
- Math 10 Exercise and Homework Book (Please do not write in it)

Most importantly, come with an open-mind and curiosity.

**Reporting:**

Term marks (80%)

- Progress Checks 10%
- Announced Quizzes 15%
- Tests 60%
- Problem Solving Projects 15%

*Note: Marks are term independent. This means that your Term 2 marks does not include Term 1’s calculation etc.*

**Course Information:**

Progress Checks: Progress checks are daily short quizzes that is based on previous class discussion. Students have the option to discuss with their partner but will do and submit their own solutions. They are at the beginning of every class for the most part. If you missed a check, you may get an exempt if you provide an excused absent note. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure a quiz is exempted if necessary. Any unexcused absent will result on zero for the check.

Announced Quizzes: Announced quizzes are individual quizzes. They are usually at the end of class. If you missed a quiz, you may make up if you provide an excused absent note. Make up quiz is completed on the day student returns to class unless there are other arrangements. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure a quiz is completed. Any unexcused absent will result on zero for the quiz.

Tests: All tests are individual and will take place during class. Students may re-write a test one time in order to achieve a maximum score of 73%. Students scored 73% or higher will not be eligible to re-write. In order to re-write, students must complete extra practice questions and discuss with the teacher what learnings have occurred. Re-writes will take place on a mutually agreeable date and time. Highest of the two marks will be used for reporting. You can re-write any test at any time throughout the term except for the last week of each term. You may not take pictures of the tests or remove the tests from the room.

Problem Solving Projects: We will be solving problems every class for the most part. Problems consist of puzzles and games that use numerical and spatial reasoning, logic, and/or patterns. Your job is to choose one problem from each term and submit the detailed solution. The solution can be in a variety of different forms: written submission, video screencast, comic strip, music video, skit, and more. A rubric for assessing the problem solving submission will be provided. There is one project per term and is due 3 weeks before term ends.

Assignment: There will be no traditional homework assigned for completion. It is expected that you be in charge of your own learning. Questions from the textbook or worksheets will be provided to complete at your discretion. If you are having difficulty with the topic, this is what the practice is for.

Scientific Calculator: Scientific calculator is required for this course. Please bring one for EVERY class. You cannot use your phone during class, especially not during quizzes and tests.

Randomized Seat Rotations: Every class, the students will be randomly assigned to a different seat and work with a different partner. This is to encourage communication, to remove social barriers in the classroom, and to increase engagement and enthusiasm in tasks.

**Extra help:**

Extra help with the teacher is available by arrangement.

**Food or Drinks during class:**

- No food of any kind allowed. Please finish all food items by the door before entering class.
- Drinks in a spill proof container only.

**Class Policies:**

We are involved in a mutually beneficial communal learning experience, one that requires full attention and respectful behavior toward all members of the class. In order to maximize the learning experience, students are requested to observe the following etiquette guidelines:

- Students are expected to arrive on time and to remain in class until the class is over, or excused. All students are expected to be in full attendance until the final day of classes.
- Students must take every step necessary to minimize distractions during class.
- A written excuse must be presented for any absence by all students and must show: date of absence, reason of absence, and parent’s/guardian’s signature.
- A written note is required for early dismissal. If you have a prior engagement that requires you leave before the end of class, please inform the teacher before class and take pains not to disturb other students when you leave. In the case of an emergency, please report first to the main office, so that parents/guardians may be notified.
- Socializing during lectures or when other students are presenting material for the benefit of the class is counterproductive and inconsiderate. One person talks to the class at a time.

*CHEATING is a serious offence and will result in a score of zero, notes to your counsellor, administrator, and home.***Electronic Policies:**

We are here to learn together, not to connect with people outside of class. So, it’s time to unplug!

- Electronic devices not directly pertaining to your participation in this class must be turned off and put away before class starts. This means you may not place or receive calls, messages, play games, check e-mails, surf the web, pop into Facebook, Twitter, and any other similar applications.
- Please make sure phone will not ring or vibrate during class.
- There will be times we will use your electronic device for classwork, that’s when you can use your device.

*Last note on electronics: Repeated offense of*__unauthorized__phone/mobile device usage will result in unpleasant consequences. Please be aware!**Course Timeline (subject to changes):**

Prime Factorization (GCF, LCM)

Exponents

Polynomials

Linear Relations and Functions

Linear Equations and Graphs

System of Equations

Arithmetic Sequences/Series

Financial Literacy

Right Triangle Trigonometry

*FINAL EXAM*

*Now that we get the serious notes out of the way… Let’s have a fun year!*