The Young Women's Leadership School of Astoria Where Leaders Begin Laura Mitchell, Principal 23-15 Newtown Avenue Astoria, NY 11102 718 - 267 - 2839
Monica Zimmers 10th Grade Geometry 2012 - 2013
Welcome to Geometry! This year will focus on geometric relationships, constructions with a straightedge and a compass, transformational and coordinate geometry, locus, and informal and formal proofs. This course is not just about determining an answer; you will have to prove that statements are true! By applying inductive and deductive reasoning, you will make conjectures and justify them by using definitions, axioms, and theorems. Be prepared to develop your spatial reasoning abilities – you will be required to graph and manipulate three-dimensional figures in two-dimensional space!
We will explore the mysteries of lines, planes, triangles, circles, polygons, and more. As you rediscover geometrical concepts, you will be able to link new theorems and ideas to previous ones. You will recognize that geometry is a shared body of knowledge whose concepts build upon one another. Throughout the course you will be able to connect these concepts to appropriate real-world applications.
The following materials should be brought to class every day.
Graphing Calculator (TI-84 Recommended)
It is my goal that by the end of the year, you will…
Gain a greater appreciation for geometry
Recognize and understand that math is a universal language
Apply postulates and theorems to prove statements, solve problems, and communicate effectively
See relationships between math and everyday life
Accurately and appropriately use mathematical terminology to describe problem situations
Take responsibility for your own learning and actions
Feel and demonstrate a greater respect for yourself and others
Be prepared for the New York State Geometry Regents
NEW YORK STATE REGENTS EXAM:
This year the Geometry Regents will take place on Wednesday, June 19th, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. The exam is divided into four parts with a total of 38 questions. All of the questions in each of the four parts must be answered. You will be allowed a maximum of 3 hours in which to complete the test. Part I is 28 multiple choice questions worth 2 points each. Part II is six open-ended questions worth 2 points each. Part III is three open-ended questions worth 4 points each. Part IV is one open-ended question worth 6 points. The answers and the accompanying work for the questions in these three parts must be written directly in the question booklet. You must show or explain how you arrived at each answer by indicating the necessary steps, including appropriate formula substitutions, diagrams, graphs, and charts. If you use a guess-and-check strategy to arrive at a numerical answer for a problem, you must indicate your method and show the work for at least three guesses. Don’t worry – you will be adequately prepared for the exam by the end of the year!
GRADING POLICY: TYWLS of Astoria has adopted the online outcome based grading system JumpRope. Students and parents/caregivers can login at anytime to examine their daughter’s progress in any class at http://app.impactschools.net/ImpactParent.html. Each outcome will receive of rating of not-yet, meeting standards or exceeding standards. The evidence that each student produces will determine the rating for each outcome. This evidence can be in the form of homework, quizzes, tests, projects and daily class participation. Multiple pieces of evidence will be collected for each outcome to adequately assess mastery of the material.
GEOMETER’S SKETCHPAD: To illustrate some new concepts I will be using Geometer’s Sketchpad. It is my hope that you also will be able to experiment with this awesome software! At the very least you can download a free copy to experiment with at home. You will not be able to save or print with this version, but you will be able to try out its’ exciting features. Download the appropriate version for your computer at: http://www.keypress.com/x24795.xml.
KHAN ACADEMY: This year, we will be using the Khan Academy web site to assist us with our understanding of geometry. Create an account at www.khanacademy.org. Be sure to select me as your coach so I can have access to the work you’ve completed.
PARENT/GUARDIAN INFORMATION: Please do not hesitate to get actively involved in your daughter’s geometrical journey! I’ve created a web site that hosts lots of important information that will be updated throughout the year at www.tywlsgeometry.wikispaces.com.
In addition, NYCDOE uses an online periodic assessment program through the McGraw-Hill company called Acuity. This web site, located at https://nyc-acuity.mcgraw-hill.com/index.jsp, contains detailed results from your daughter’s predictive and interim exams. In addition, your daughter may be assigned practice problems for specific skills through the web site. Her login information is her first initial and last name, and her password is her student identification number.
CONTACT INFORMATION: If any parent/caregiver needs to contact me, he/she may call TYWLS and leave a message. I can also be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. I check my email often and will reply promptly. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.
Please refer to this information during the year to make sure that you are doing all you can to improve your knowledge of mathematics. I’m looking forward to a productive year!
Monica Zimmers (718) 267-2839
Find a printable version of the course overview here.