Welcome Page-Mr. Marks-Algebra 8

 Welcome to Algebra 8 and Geometry at Baker Middle School.

Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! I'm happy to be back at Baker teaching algebra and for the first time at Baker, a section of geometry! I'm looking forward to working with every student this year. Please stay in touch  and ask any questions you have!

Email: kmarks@tacoma.k12.wa.us

Phone: 253.571.5040

This week 9/26-9/30:

  • Introduction to Standards Based Grading- Baker is using a grading system that is based on the work students do that shows how they understand and demonstrate skills on important content standards. Grades in the gradebook will be on 4 performance levels:
Exceeding- Shows thorough understanding of concept or skill and extends beyond requirements of the standard or learning target.
Meeting- Shows complete and correct understanding of the concept and ability to perform the skill identified in the standard or learning target.
 Approaching- Shows partial mastery of knowledge and basic or incomplete understanding of the concept or inconsistent ability to perform the skill identified in the standard or learning target.
 Beginning- Shows serious misconceptions or lack of understanding of the concept or an inability to perform the skill identified in the standard or learning target.
 No evidence, missing- These scores mean there was not enough student work to evaluate knowledge of the standard, or the work was not turned in.

We want all students to be MEETING standard. If they aren't there on an assignment or a summative assessment, have them get help, analyze errors, and come in to do a retake on the standards they aren't yet meeting. Students can ALWAYS improve.

  • iReady testing Tuesday and Wednesday- This district required test is new, and is designed to show areas where student growth will help them meet grade level standards. We will take this on computers, in class, three times this year.

What are we doing?

Algebra 8- We are about two-thirds of the way through Unit 1: Exponents and Scientific Notation and took our first summative quiz last week. It is in the gradebook now with grades for 2 learning targets. We are working on the connection to our number system through scientific notation and learning to add, subtract, multiply and divide numbers in scientific notation this week.

Scientific notation: https://www.khanacademy.org/math/pre-algebra/pre-algebra-exponents-radicals/pre-algebra-scientific-notation/v/scientific-notation-old

Geometry- We have been working on the foundations of geometry from it's Greek origins with Euclid, and exploring constructions related to distances, and the relationships in intersecting lines and rays.We started looking at angles formed by intersecting lines and proved our first two Theorems.

Angles formed by intersecting lines: https://www.khanacademy.org/math/geometry/hs-geo-foundations/hs-geo-angles/v/angles-at-the-intersection-of-two-lines

MATH NEWS: Please help your student be prepared with a pencil and paper every day, check their planner and notebook to see what they have been studying. Geometry students...Please get a compass and a small ruler!

Click on the links in the menu to the left.

Assignments and Resources-Copies of homework assignments and classwork to help keep caught up.

Homework Help Links-Video links to examples of the work we've been doing if you need to see/hear it again.

If you have any questions, please email at kmarks@tacoma.k12.wa.us or phone at 253.571.5040.

Thank you for supporting Baker Student Mathematicians!!

Ken Marks