Math Syllabus/Welcome Letter
Mr Stephen Moses
Welcome to our math class. While a virtual school setting may not be what any of us would have chosen, I am excited to get started on our 2020-2021 school year. My expectation is that you will learn a lot from me and I will learn a lot from you.
This document serves as our class syllabus and a welcome letter. It is hyperlinked to our first day of school Slide Deck. The first day of school Slide Deck will cover the format of our class, grading and the resources we will be using in more detail. Our class will be 100% on Google Classroom, which can be accessed by login into the San juan Portal. The remainder of this letter intends to clarify the format of our class as we begin our school year.
I believe it is important to start the school year with a specific structure in place. For this reason our class will have two consistent components. The first is the synchronous component that will take place as a whole class via Zoom. This will take place during the first 30 minutes of each class period. We will use this time to discuss the structure and format of the class, go over assignments, learn math content and concepts and get to know one another. We will also use this time to discuss the asynchronous assignments you will be working on in between class meetings on Zoom.
The second part is the asynchronous assignments that you will be responsible for working on. These should be worked on during the remaining hour of our class period (after our Zoom appointment) but you can also work on them at any time of the day. It is essential that you work on your asynchronous assignments in between each class meeting. These asynchronous assignments are like the classwork and homework part of our class.
During this asynchronous learning time (the last hour of each period) I may meet with groups of students via Zoom for extra help, enrichment, special projects, alternative assignments, or a variety of reasons. My plan is that this will become more and more common as we get to know each other and I learn how best to meet the needs of each student.
Whether it is our synchronous learning time (zoom) or our asynchronous learning time it is important to always use your Go Math textbook and your math notebook and always have a pencil or something else to write with to go along with your Chromebook/digital device. The school site will provide each student with the Go Math textbook and I will include digital versions of the text within our class assignments in Google Classroom. A math notebook is not provided. The intent of a math notebook is to take all your notes and do all your work in one organized location. I want students to avoid using scratch paper or other loose pieces of paper that can easily get lost, damaged or misplaced. We will use our math notebooks everyday. A math notebook could be a binder with paper, a tablet of paper or a notebook..
It is important to note that as the school year progresses it is likely that the format of our class will need to evolve to fit our needs. With that being said I plan to keep this initial format in place for three full weeks before reevaluating it to best fit our needs. I look forward to using these first three weeks to get to know students and families and assess how best to meet each student where they are and develop a plan to make math fun and a success.