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Ms. Gardner's Class

Subject: 
General Education

Last updated 8/26 Updates in italics  Use this link to learn how to login on Schoology.

Welcome to SRMS 6th grade Math in remote learning. As we learn more, this page will be updated. 

Ms. Gardner: Hi! Welcome to my class! I am in my 29th year teaching for Adams 12. I have taught at Westlake Jr. High (middle school now), Thornton Middle School, and Shadow Ridge Middle School, before joining Adams 12 I taught briefly at Fort Morgan Middle School. I have 2 sons, Colton and Stephen both in their 20s, both former Adams 12 students. I enjoy running, gardening, throwing on the wheel, and spending time with my family and friends. I hold a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Psychology, a Master's degree in Math Education, and a Master's degree in Literacy K-12. My class structure is based on the Growth Mindset. Click here to view a Khan academy video on why learning must be challenging for our brains to grow. I'm looking forward to learning and growing together. Our latest challenge is remote learning. We are all in this together. 

Contact info:  I encourage my students to advocate for themselves. Rarely does a student need parent intervention. I often scaffold situations for students to get the information, help, or communicate a concern so that they can learn this valuable skill.  During this remote time, email is probably the fastest way to get a response, gar007346@adams12.org. Your student can send the email to both of us so that you can monitor our interaction. If you want to set up a zoom meeting, please email me with a time that is best for you outside of my class hours. I'm happy to walk you and/or your child through everything your child must navigate to get their work completed. I may also respond with a video that shows the answer to questions. 

Learning Management Systems used by all Adams 12: Schoology

Live meeting program used for class: Zoom. Students can access meeting links for each day within Schoology (this takes you to a video on using Schoology).

  • No need to have a join code for Schoology as all students have been preloaded into their classes. 

  • When using the link for the meeting they may be prompted to add the extension for zoom, they need to add this extension. 

  • Students will enter a waiting room to be let into the class. 

  • Students MUST enter their full name

  • Students can have their camera on to start (so I can take roll and learn names and faces), keep them on or turn them off to save bandwidth, and may use a virtual background for privacy

  • Students MUST respond during the meeting

  • Any participant not matching my roster for each class will not be let into the meeting

  • Any participant not revealing their identity through their camera and/or speaking upon request will be removed from the meeting. This is for the safety of all students in the meeting and is non-negotiable as we all need to know who is there. 

  • Once verified, students may turn off their cameras to save bandwidth or for privacy

  • When in breakout rooms students are encouraged to have cameras on so that they can fully participate with their learning partner(s), but are not required to do so

  • Zoom meetings are recorded so that absent students can access the learning, though I am required to publish the class, only the parts with notes will be published for viewing and can only be viewed by students from the same class.

Curriculum: This year we will again be using Big Ideas for our independent work and supplementing it with the Florida Virtual Online School Lessons. The Units of study for 6th-grade math are Numerical Expressions and Factors, Fractions and Decimals, Algebraic Expressions and Properties, Areas of Polygons, Ratios and Rates, Integers and Coordinate Plane, Equations and Inequalities, Surface Area and Volume, Statistical Measures, and Data Displays. The Units of Study for 6th-grade honors math are the above plus Integers, Rational Numbers, Expressions and Equations, Ratios & Proportions, and Percents. 

Back To School Nights 6 pm - 7 pm: A-F  August 19, 2020, G-M August 20, 2020, N-Z August 24, 2020 NOTE: I have a bargaining meeting until 6:30 pm on the 20th and will be to the school ASAP. 

6th-grade schedule:  Students will need to login to class at the following times on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Given the activities or lessons, students may be on for a short time or the whole period (see onward chart linked for explanation). Students will be placed into breakout rooms for small group work. This time is critical to get instruction and help to complete work. We're in this together and I'm here to help you succeed, to do that you must attend class. Wednesday is early release. I may invite you to a small group instruction during my office hours if you want extra help or I see you need extra time with me. You can email me questions, but coming to a live help session during my office hours is the best way to get help. Office hours for Wednesday are TBD. Here is the link to the full description of the secondary schedule: Onward secondary schedule explanation.

6th grade:
1st period 9:00-10:10 
 2nd period10:13-11:23
Lunch 11:26-11:59 
3rd period12:02-1:12
4th period 1:15-2:25
2:28-3:20 Elective
3:23-4:15 Elective

 Attendance will be taken and recorded daily. Students will be considered in attendance when they are online and attending a synchronous period of instruction, according to their schedule. Parents will continue to call their school’s attendance line to excuse absences as appropriate when the student will not be attending synchronous learning and/or attending a Learning Pod. Further information about attendance expectations and procedures is forthcoming.

Grading:  We will continue to use Standards-Based Grading. To earn a 3 in 6th-grade math, students must be able to apply their math skills to real-world problems. Students might consistently earn 3s on classwork as it is practice, done with partners, and with multiple attempts with automatic feedback, while not scoring 3s on assessments that are completed independently. Assessments during the first part of 6th grade come with automatic redo opportunities where all students receive feedback and a chance to make corrections after a reteach. Second redo attempts are done at parent request with a reteach session and having redone assignments to make additional learning possible. Grades are organized into formative and summative assessments. Formative assessments include class/homework, exit tickets, notes, and group discussions. Summative assessments are quizzes, tests, and projects. 

Score Description
4 Student independently performed tasks that are above the grade-level content, exceeding the 6th-grade standard. To earn a 4, there must be no teacher support, so reteaching on level 4 tasks are not available.
3 Student independently performed tasks that represent real-world problems on the 6th-grade standard often after practice and support have been given. Redos after a reteach are still considered independent since students must realize their mistakes and fix them.
2 Student performed skill level tasks that represent the 6th-grade standard but is still struggling with real-world problems unless teacher support is there.
1 Even with teacher support, the student has not performed skill level tasks and real-world tasks.
M/E Blank or missing grades mean the work has not been completed to a satisfactory level. For formative assessments, it will stay blank/M once the test is taken. Tests may be completed at any time before the end of a quarter for credit.
INS An insufficient amount of the assessment was completed to evaluate