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Analytical Thinking with Mathematics Course Syllabus

Pathways Academic Campus High
Analytical Thinking
w/ Mathematics
DeMarko Thurman
(734) 997-1237 ex 39229
Textbook: none
Course Syllabus
Course Information
Analytical Thinking with Mathematics is a 1 term course where the student earns 0.5 credit.
Teaching & Learning Philosophy
Teaching and learning strategies at Pathways to Success are based on solid personal
relationships, steeped in rigor, and relevant to the learners’ world. Such strategies are
overwhelmingly represented in the experiences of the most successful students in high
performing high schools. Pathways to Success will have five elements in common no matter
what the topic or who the teacher/learning-facilitator may be. Each unit will:
Establish Relevance
Why does this matter to me, my community, and the world?
Investigate & Reflect
Where can I identify these skills outside of school? How can I use these
mathematics skills to impact the world around me?
Make Decisions
What pathway can I follow to solve a problem?
Act on Decisions & Communicate the Results to a Wide Audience
Let me explain why I choose this method to solve the problem.
Use Mastery Teaching and Learning Philosophies
Mastery learning is a method of teaching and learning that assures that a student
reaches a level of predetermined mastery on a unit of instruction. In a mastery
learning setting, students are given specific feedback about their learning progress,
as well as learning support as needed, at regular intervals throughout the
instructional period.
Mathematics is a subject that constantly builds on a students prior knowledge. When
a student masters foundation skills in mathematics, she or he is more confident and
is properly prepared to succeed at future math course work.
Course Overview:
Using analytical reasoning to solve problems will answer the question often asked by students throughout their
math careers, “When are we ever going to uses this stuff?” During this course students will be introduced to logic
problems, puzzles and relevant mathematical experiences, providing real world applications for the math
foundations the students have built. Skills developed in this course will continue to be applied for years after
receiving credit
Learning Goals
We will cover the following chapters/units:
Week 1: Hashiwokakero (Bridges)
Week 7: Nurikabe
Week 13: Exploratory Math
Week 2: Shikaku
Week 8: Chess
Week 14: Kakuro Conquest.com
Week 3: Nonograms
Week 9: Chess
Week 15: Ken Ken
Week 4: Sudoku
Week 10: Chess
Week 16: Ken Ken
Week 5: Sudoku
Week 11: Dominosa
Week 17: Final Exam Review
Week 6: Slither Link
Week 12: Exploratory Math
Week 18: Final Exam
*These are subject to change where adjustmenta are necessary.
Other activities: TED VIDEOS & FEEDBACK, AND Math Word Problem Activities
Course Expectations & Policies
 Be prepared
 Be in class on time every day
 Bring all necessary materials
 Be respectful
 Be responsible
 Participate productively in class activities
 Monitor your graduation requirements
 Expect challenge
 Do your best
 Take pride in your work
Classroom Procedures
Essentially the procedures of the room center on the course expectations of being resposible
and respectful to others and to myself.
Grading Philosphy
Students in this course are expected to master all unit assessments with a score of at least
70%. If a student scores below 70% on a unit assessment they will be given access to a
review plan that is to be completed within two weeks. When mastery is demonstrated on a
retest, then their new score will be changed to 70%.
Furthermore, the above course expectations & policies will be used to determine classroom
participation grades.
Pathways Academic Campus Common Grading Scale
73 - 77
GPA Scale
70 - 72
Percentage (%)
93 - 100
68 - 69
90 - 92
63 - 67
88 - 89
60 - 62
83 - 87
Below 60 is failing
80 - 82
78 79
Name: _________________ Period: ____
Grade Weights
-Unit Quizzes and the final exam have a combined weight of 20%.
The final Exam is half of the 20%, 10% of the overall grade.
-All other work, including but not limited to classwork and projects have a combined
weight of 80%. Absences from class will have no effect on the final grade, up
to six absences. Starting on the seventh absense, the student will lose daily
participation points. In addition, three tardies are equal to one absence and
two tardies of more than 10 minutes are considered to be one absence. To
avoid losing points, students with seven or more
absences can make up time after school, during lunch or before school.
Late Work Policy:
- Late homework will be accepted at full value if due to an excused absence.
- All unexcused late work can potentially be worth only 80% of its original value.
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