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    Course:  Geometry                            

    Instructor:  Raquel Rodriguez

    Biography:

    • Certified to teach Mathematics and Spanish in Arizona.
    • Master of Arts in Education. Ashford University. Campus San Diego, California, USA.
    • Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Information Systems. ITESO. Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
    • Graduated from High School 1991. Batesville High School. Batesville, Indiana USA.

     

    Contact Information:  e-mail:  rrodriguez@amphi.com

    Office Hours: 7:30am - 8:15am or 3:35pm - 4:00pm. Please send me an emial to schedule a Zoom meeting.                                       

    Course Description:  This is a traditional course in Euclidean and Transformational Geometry.

    Topics Covered:

    Foundations, Reasoning and Proof, Parallels and Perpendiculars, Congruence, Properties of Polygons (primarily triangles and quadrilaterals), Transformations, Similarity, Right Triangles, Trigonometry, Circles, Surface Area and Volume.

    Geometry is normally a sophomore course, with students having successfully completed Algebra I.  It is also the mathematics behind architecture, engineering, construction, navigation, and many other professions.

    Overview:  Geometry is one of the oldest mathematics courses studied and it is best studied by following, at least partially, its historic origins. This means that we do many activities designed to “discover” and/or build the concepts of geometry. Students are expected to read, follow directions, participate, and share their discoveries in our Zoom classes.  Appropriate behavior is a must, “off task” behavior is not acceptable. Geometry is significantly different from Algebra.  Although we do cover some specific types of problems where the homework is practice with that same type of problem just with different numbers, much of geometry is critical thinking.  This means most problems are significantly different from each other and students will continually be asked to explain their reasoning.  This is new to many of them and can be a source of stress, but their thinking skills will improve with practice.  Perseverance is an important quality for success in geometry.

    Books and Materials:   

    Many resources are included in our Glencoe Math online textbook, we will have fun and learn how to use them in our Zoom classes. Students also should check out a copy of the textbook from the bookstore. They will also need a pencil, a notebook, and graph paper, or a graph ruled notebook. Note-taking and critical thinking skills are important and will be stressed daily. Class notes for each section will be available at the Google Classroom under “Materials” folder the day after that material is covered in class for all students.

    ALEKS

    ALEKS is an acronym for Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces.It is a web based mathematics application that can help students learn math and uncover strengths and weaknesses in each student’s mathematical knowledge base. ALEKS uses artificial intelligence to target gaps in individual student knowledge. Students will have Aleks assignments daily.

    How to be Successful in Geometry:

    • Attend Zoom/Google class every day!!
    • Manage your time so you will be able to work on math daily.
    • Daily assignments will be posted in Google Classroom, do not get behind.
    • Take notes and ask questions during Zoom class.
    • Keep your work organized so each step can be followed, and errors can be more easily identified and corrected.
    • Review all examples and notes daily.
    • STUDY FOR TESTS!!
    • Get help when you need it. I will be available every other day to help you during your period, or you can send me an email to schedule a Zoom meeting during office hours 7:30am-8:15am or 3:35pm -4:00pm

    Calculators:  Calculators are a necessity for studying mathematics at the high school level.  For geometry, a standard scientific calculator is sufficient.  If It is affordable, a graphing calculator would be a good investment.  I suggest a TI 83, a TI 83plus, or a TI 84.  Our Zoom / Google classroom is a calculator friendly environment.  This means the use of a calculator is always acceptable but judicious calculator use is stressed.  I understand that many cell phones also contain scientific calculators and many now have graphing calculators.  This is not an acceptable option, cell phone use in class is not permitted.  There is a great temptation to use them for other things which are not appropriate in class.

    Cell Phone Policy:  Cell phone use is not permitted in the Zoom/ Google classroom, only in case of a class activity.  Having a cell phone out and not away for any reason during testing is considered cheating and will result in a zero on the test or quiz.

    Homework Philosophy:  Homework is assigned to increase a student’s individual practice and perfection of mathematical skills as well as to enhance a student’s critical thinking and problem-solving abilities.  While students are allowed and encouraged to work through mathematical concepts with others, students are not allowed to copy another student’s homework or have another person complete their assignment for them.  These actions are considered cheating and will be handled as such.  Homework is practice, and it is important that you do it every night, the previous homework and lesson prepares you for the day’s lesson, so you need to do it to understand the next topic.

    Grading:  10% of the grade is from Bell Work and Homework, 10% of the grade is Class Work, and Participation, 15% of the grade is from Quizzes, 50% of the grade is Chapter Tests, and 15% of the grade is the Semester/Final Exam. Note: All Amphitheater School District’s principles and protocols for grading and assessment for the 2020-2021 school year apply, this was sent by email from the district.

    Bell Work:  Students are expected to work on the assigned problem(s) at the beginning of Zoom class while attendance and other administrative tasks are being completed.  All Bell Work is due daily.

    Homework:  10 points per assignment. All assignments and notes will be posted in Google Classroom

    Quizzes:  Worth 15% of your grade, each usually cover 2 to 3 sections of the chapter. 

    Chapter Test:  Worth 50% of your grade it covers the entire chapter. 

    Behavioral Expectations: 

    Students are expected to:

    1. Be on time, and ready to work. This means bring pencil and your notebook or graph ruled notebook.
    2. Participate in the activities of the class. This could be a specific group activity or taking notes.
    3. Show common courtesy to all members of the class. Our Zoom culture will be: 1)Be Kind, 2)Be Respectful, and 3)Support each other.
    4. Personal electronic devices, cell phones included, must be put away during zoom class.
    5. Apply good problem-solving strategies

               - carefully read the problem to determine what information is important.

               - use pictures, diagrams, and tables to model the problem

               - set up and evaluate expressions or solve equations

               - answer the question being asked

               - check the reasonableness of a solution

      Zoom Etiquette

    • Let all family and loved ones know that you are on Zoom class ahead of time to eliminate noise and potential exposure of private conversations amongst your family.
    • Pick a quiet space to conduct our zoom classes (preferably at a table of some sort).
    • Have your computer or phone set in a steady place so as not to move constantly.
    • Mute your microphone to eliminate background noise (unless asking a question).
    • Eating during Zoom class is very distracting for others so please schedule yourself accordingly.
    • As always, appropriate attire and language.