HONORS GEOMETRY SYLLABUS Paul DeNies, Instructor CONTACT INFORMATION: Telephone: 510/656-5711, ext. 46255 E-mail: [email protected] Website: irvington.org\pdenies - Room #P15 COURSE DETAILS: Honors Geometry is a course in the college preparatory sequence of courses at Irvington. This course is for students that have demonstrated exemplary mastery of the Algebra One standards. The students will be assessed on the depth of their knowledge of the California Standards for Mathematics Education. These major concepts include, but are not limited to: area and perimeter, logical argumentation, problem solving, properties of angles, geometric constructions, and understanding surface area and volume of polyhedra. Students will also be assessed using the four School Wide Outcomes: Personal Responsibility, Civic Responsibility, Critical Thinking, and communication. MATERIALS REQUIRED: A Student who is properly prepared for class should bring with them as a minimum a spiral notebook, pencils, and some lined paper. Other tools that will frequently be used include a compass, a protractor, and a straight edge (ruler). OUTCOME ALIGNMENT: Personal Responsibility: Students demonstrate their success with this outcome by completing assignments on time, coming to class prepared, and utilizing all available resources including tutorial time, group effort and appointments with the instructor. Civic Responsibility: Students will behave appropriately for a serious course in Mathematics. Assisting those in their groups and maintaining school property are important indicators of student success with this outcome. Communication: Students will develop an increasing level of skill at listening, speaking, reading, and writing to demonstrate understanding of Mathematical ideas. Critical Thinking: Students will demonstrate growth in problem solving skills using a variety of methods. ASSESSMENT: Various means are used to assess student ability and knowledge. There are fiver main categories used for their grades: Classwork (cw) which includes arriving to class on time, participating and following the rules and procedures. Homework (hw) which includes completing the daily assignments from the previous lesson (note: usually on double block days they will be assigned two homeworks, the second of which I will not assess until the following Monday). Quizzes (quiz) which can be “pop quizzes” amounting to usually 3 per week. Chapter Tests and midterms and finals The assignments are weighted as follows: cw 10%, hw 10%, quiz/test 60%, midterm/final 20% Students are encouraged to use their spiral notebook, which should include all notes and classwork and are sometimes allowed during the chapter tests. A binder is also suggested to keep all homework assignments and assessments taken and returned. Finally, if time allows, some form of semester project will be added at the end of the semester for the students to review the chapters covered each semester. Grades will be determined by these percentages: The final grades A: 100-90% B: 90-80% C: 80-70% I*: 70-60% (with 70% or greater hw completion) NC less than 60% (or less than 70% with less than 70% hw completion) RULES AND PROCEDURES: No hats, food, soda, gum, and electronic devices in class (except calculators when permitted). Respect others and their property. Be on time with your homework and appropriate materials. *CONTRACTS (“I” grade): Contracts will only be issued if a student has a grade over 60% and has completed over 70% of the homework assignments. Late work is accepted only under excused absences.