Stewy's Super Advanced Math!Welcome to Stewy's Super Advanced Math class! Most of you will be focusing on algebra this year, while a few will be engaging in geometry. In addition to that, we'll be tackling some independent math projects and math puzzles throughout the year. We use the Big Ideas Math Curriculum, which has a lot of great resources for promoting both deductive and inductive reasoning. Resources are linked below. Read further to learn more about this course.

Regular Curriculum 
Big Ideas does a great job of helping students understand both procedures and underlying concepts. After some quick math warmups focused on computational fluency, we'll dive into the regular curriculum most days, which starts with some studentcentered activities that are then solidified through direct instruction.

Independent Projects 
To keep things interesting, everyone is going to choose and present an independent math project at least once this year. We'll take some time at the beginning of the year to explore some possible topics, and then students will work on their project each Friday after we review homework. In the end everyone will present what they've learned and done. Some potential topics students may explore are:

Puzzles 
Math is helpful in developing logic and problem solving skills. It helps to foster a way of thinking that's crucial for any independent learner. That being said, we'll also take some time to put our logic to use outside of the math textbook through occasional puzzle solving and math photography challenges.

Homework 
Students in my class are responsible for writing down and/or remembering their homework assignment each day in addition to checking their answers. Homework is graded based upon completion, detail, and organization. In terms of completion, even if they do not get a final answer, students need to at the very least show their thought work on paper for each problem. Also, looking at the final answer or hints is perfectly acceptable after initial unsuccessful attempts to solve a problem.

Grading 
Generally, we don't give grades at CLC, but as students are getting ready for high school some more attention to detail is good to reinforce, so here come the grades. Grades are given each quarter and 25% of the quarter score is based upon homework performance, while 75% is based upon test results. Quizzes are graded unofficially and do not count toward quarterly grades. You can use a traditional grading scale as a way to think about the test scores and trimester scores:
