Consumer Math Syllabus Mrs. R. Monks

This textbook program is based on the recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, and other curriculum groups that emphasize problem solving, critical thinking, and connections among mathematical topics and connections between mathematics and other subject areas in an integrated format.

With an Integrated approach, your students can:

· Learn more about mathematics

· Solve problems that are more realistic and more interesting

· Have better retention of what they have learned

· Learn to think critically

· See the connections among different branches of mathematics.

During this course, your student will learn (but not necessarily in this order):

· Mathematical Skills

· Whole Numbers, Decimals, Fractions, Equations, Proportions, Percent, Measurement and Statistics

· Income, Banking and Credit

· Transportation

· Buying a Car, Operating Expenses and Travel

· Housing

· Renting, Buying and Building a Home

· Taxes, Insurance and Investments

· Income Tax, Health, Life and Retirement Insurance and Investments

· Purchasing and Budgeting

· Buying Food, Buying, Making and Renting Goods and Budgeting

__Assessment:__ Mini Quiz, Tests, Notebook Checks, Participation, and Organization

· Assessments are given on a regular basis. I give a “mini quiz” a day to check for student understanding of the homework. These “mini quizzes” are 3-4 problems taken directly from the previous night’s homework and one question from the CSAP sample questions.

· I also administer chapter tests. These tests are preceded with a study day where the students are to ask me any final questions pertaining to the lessons of the chapter.

· Other forms of assessment for this class include weekly notebook checks. The students are to do their “mini quiz” each start of class, followed by note taking. Afterwards, I allow time for some classwork. The students using this class time appropriately should minimalize or even negate their homework. I collect these notebooks weekly, and assess student knowledge through these. These notebooks are also allowed for use on *some* tests, so it is advisable that the students write legibly and orderly.

__Make-up work:__ Excused and Unexcused absences

· I allow one day for make-up work for any class day *excused*.

· If a student has late work to turn in due to an *unexcused* absence, school policy is that the “all work missed due to an unexcused absence will be assigned 50% of the __earned__ grade.” (student handbook, pg. 3-4)

Grading Scale: A 91% - 100%

B 81% - 90%

C 71% - 80%

D 65% - 70%

F Below 65%

All of the rest of the classroom expectations are on their **class contracts **located within their notebooks. On these contracts are various ways to communicate with me, if you have any further questions, as well as some policies including: attendance, homework expectations, class expectations, consequences, and progress reports.

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