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Skyward Questions:

I am so glad that everyone is getting access to Skyward!  I have had a few common questions:

1.      If you look at my syllabus, I give 2 grades for nightly work.  They are weighted half of a practice grade.  One grade is for watching the video and taking notes.  The other grade is their nightly lesson practice.  They average together to make one grade.  That way if they do not do well on the lesson practice, it does not kill their grade.

2.    “E.C. in ALEKS” is extra credit.  Skyward does not have enough characters for me to type out “extra credit”.  Just a reminder that students have the opportunity to earn extra credit every week in ALEKS.  They need to do more than 30 minutes in ALEKS that week for the extra credit. 

ALEKS required homework 

From the syllabus (with changes):

       ALEKS is to be completed 30 minutes a week at home from Monday - Sunday, with 20% of the concepts mastered by the end of the 1st 9 weeks, 60% by the end of the 2nd 9 weeks, 85% mastered by the end of the 3rd 9 weeks, and 100% mastered by the end of the 4th 9 weeks. Weekly ALEKS time will be given an assignment grade.  For example, if a student completes 25 minutes of ALEKS the first week, they have earned practice grade for that week of 25/30 or 83%.  There will be 9 practice scores a 9 weeks.  The percentage completed at the grading intervals is a test grade. The test grade will be given by percentage of concepts mastered.  For example, if at the end of the first 9 weeks a student has mastered 15% of the skills, I will calculate 15/20 to be 75% for their ALEKS test grade that 9 weeks.

ALEKS log in information:  Students should have this on the first page of their agenda.  Website address is:    Students then use the user name and password they glued into their agenda to log into ALEKS.


Moodle instructions for homework:

1. **** Go to (do NOT type in www. first). The video worked best at school when students opened up the videos in Chrome, instead of Internet Explorer.  If you cannot see the full screen, try using a different web browser.  The videos are loaded into Moodle correctly. 

2.  ****At the log in page, students must enter their school computer log in and password.  If they change their password, moodle automatically updates the change. They must write down their password in their agenda.  I CANNOT reset their password, so this is THEIR responsibility.

3. **** When logged in, they should see “Counts-Math” as their course.  It is, also found on the left under “My Courses”.  Click on “Counts-Math”.

4. ***** Complete the daily lesson video AND daily lesson practice for a full Practice grade. 

5.*****If Moodle is down, please email me.  If the Moodle administrator had notified me that Moodle was down, I will give an extra day to complete work.  Students will be instructed in class that day before homework.  

What is a flipped classroom?

A flipped classroom has students doing, what would normally be their homework problems in class with me.  At night students will be required to watch the video lesson for tomorrow's work on the computer. I believe a flipped classroom makes sense with the new math standards and new testing formats.  Instead of parents trying to help students with problems or questions that don't make sense to them, I will help the students in class.  The lesson videos will be available all year for students to use to study for tests and quizzes.  Also, parents can watch the videos with their child to help them understand the new curriculum.  Videos will not be longer than 20 minutes.  If your family does not have access to a computer, tablet,  smart phone, or the internet, please let me know when you return my syllabus.  My classroom will be open Monday - Friday for students to use our computers for no charge, if your child does not normally attend After Care.  Students in After Care will be able to come to my classroom, too. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me. Here are some websites that explain the "flipped classroom":

Go Buffalos!

Dana Counts




PDF documents
Ch 2 Video #1 - note guide for 9/17/14
Ch. 3 Review Video #1 - Use 10/3/14 -
Chapter 3 Vocabulary Chart - due 10/8/14 -
Chapter 4 Review #2 - Use this for video and lesson 10/22/14
Chapter Vocabulary Chart - Due for Chapter 2 9/22/14 - Words on p. 86
Flipped Class information -
Math Syllabus - Please sign and return the last page. Due ASAP
Study Guide and Lesson Video Notes #2 - Use this for video and lesson 10/6/14

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