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7 th Grade Math Mr. Verley, Room 223

Telephone: 488-2271 ext. 40223 Email: Website:

Course Description

In this course, instructional time will focus on four critical areas:

Developing an understanding of, and application of proportional relationships. Developing an understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations. Solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume. Drawing inferences about populations based on samples.


GO Math: Middle School, Grade 7. Orlando, FL: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2014.

Grade Policy and Scoring Guide

PURPOSE: I am using Mastery-Based Learning. Grades are intended to reflect the level of skill and knowledge demonstrated and maintained. Thus, grades may decrease and grades may increase with subsequent assessments. I do not do “extra credit.”

Formative, 10% of Overall Grade: Assessed formative work should be thought of as a spot-check. Quizzes, homework, in-class activities, etc. are the types of items used for formative grades.

Summative, 90% of Overall Grade: Students will be graded based on mastery of the Alaska State Standards (AKSS). For each standard, students will have one of four grades:

Does Not Meet the standard (F), Approaching the standard (D), Meets the standard (B), Advanced Understanding of the standard (A). (Please refer to my Gradebook Reporting Criteria for descriptors) Some students may require more than one attempt to demonstrate the required degree of knowledge and must arrange with me for additional assessments. The goal for each student is to have a B or higher for each seventh-grade math AKSS.

Practice Work (Homework)

Students should be working on their math skills almost daily. Regardless of degree of in-class practice, I recommend students practice at home, as well. These assignments are of a formative nature. They are intended to allow students to practice, reinforce, and enhance their understanding of concepts they are

exploring in the classroom.

I expect students to complete their work on time and be prepared for group discussions.

Discussion and collaborative effort are powerful learning tools. I encourage students to work together.

However, each student is responsible for developing his or her understanding of the concepts and should have his or her own work complete by the due date. Each student should be ready to discuss completed assignments on the due date.

Students have different strengths and priorities. All students should refer to classroom materials as they work on assignments. Depending on math background, mastery of prerequisite skills, and individual learning style, some students may need to conduct additional research and/or study. Students should note any aspects causing them difficulty or uncertainty, so that they may ask for clarification and/or additional support.

Assignments, tests, and important dates will be posted in the classroom and issued to each student. Students should copy this information into their schedule or calendar. In addition, my website,, contains the weekly agenda (topics and assignments), links to math apps, and links to math resources.


It is the student’s responsibility to inquire about and complete any assignments. Please see the NPMS Student Handbook for detailed information regarding absences.


Please see the NPMS Student Handbook for detailed information regarding tardiness.


Every day, students should have the following: text, pencils, paper, and spiral- bound notebook. It is not likely students will have the opportunity to go to their lockers during class time.

Students should make their best effort to use the restroom during breaks and at lunch time. If students need to leave the classroom to use the rest room they must obtain teacher permission and be issued a hall pass.

Classroom Management

I practice a proactive and positive approach to classroom management. I have just six classroom rules.

1. Come to class every day that you are not seriously ill.

2. Come to class with a pencil, math text, and other required materials.

3. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.

4. Follow directions when they are given.

5. Do your best and complete assigned work on time.

6. Stay on task during all work times.

To help ensure student success, I offer the following Guidelines for Success:

Respect (yourself, others, and property). Everyone participates. Do your best work; first time and every time.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

An electronic device (smart phone, tablet, laptop, etc.) can be a powerful educational resource. Should you elect to send your student with a device, please be reminded that the device is to be used only when directed and for educational purposes.

Student Supplies

Students will need the following basic supplies in class:

1.5” or 2” 3-ring Binder

Loose leaf notebook paper

# 2 or mechanical pencils


Spiral-bound Notebook


Ruler with inch/metric readings


Colored pencils

Glue stick

The underlined items are required. The other items are nice to have.