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The FDHS Mathematics Department is focusing on providing rigorous instruction and activities to prepare our students for their future math classes and achievement tests, like the High School Assessment (HSA) and the SAT test. To succeed in mathematics a student must stay focused during instruction and homework because the subject matter is always cumulative. This means that they must stay focused for the entire class period and also review notes and practice problems. Tests are 50% of students' grades (Grading Policy), so studying on a nightly basis is vitally important. Students can do all of their work but still fail a class if they do not do well on tests. Students will have homework every night and it is important that they have a quiet area to complete this work in order to maximize their focus.
Different teachers require different layouts for homework, however, there is a standard to work from. In order to improve your/your student's math grades the work should be done according to these Homework Guidelines.
You or your child may contact his/her math teacher to see if tutoring is available.
Online Textbook Resources
Algebra II Summer Packet
Tenmarks Summer Program - Students can sign up for free (this year) to participate in Tenmarks Summer Program. Students can show their certificate of completion to their math teacher at the beginning of the school year for extra credit.
All students are required to have their own TI-83+ calculator. These are the only brand that are allowed during HSA and SAT testing so students should have their own calculator in class each day to become familiar with them. Other classroom supplies includes pencils, small sharpener, loose leaf paper, graph paper and a straightedge or small ruler.
There are many Internet based resources listed below. Most of those sites also include quizzes for each topic studied. Those students that have a Prentice Hall textbook can take section quizzes and chapter tests by putting the codes found under the "Take it to the Net" headings in their textbooks into the web code boxes on the main page.
Success is work!!
To study and be successful in math you must:
practice solving problems. (Remember the odd answers are typically in the back of the book.)
pre-read the section being taught next and post-read after the lesson is taught. Reading is not the same as in English you must go through the example problems and decipher what steps are being incorporated
redo the homework problems especially the ones that were wrong
work through problems that were incorrect on tests and quizzes
Khan Academy App is free and has many instructional videos with step by step examples provided
iPadagogy is a Youtube channel dedicated to reviewing various iPad apps which can be useful tools for improving academic skills.
has a collection of informational videos on numerous topics and is available as a free app.