• Dear Students and Parents/Guardians:

    I would like to welcome you to Intensive Math at Dunnellon Middle School. I am looking forward to a year which will promote both academic and social growth.

    It is important that students work to understand and make sense of problems on their own, even if they sometimes struggle to do so. This productive struggle helps them build important thinking strategies and find different ways to work through mathematical challenges.

    The Intensive Math Program is Math 180 and you will have your own workbook called mSpace that will be kept in the classroom. 

    The Math 180 instructional model provides a clear organization for whole-class, group, and individualized learning. Instruction begins with a whole-class Do Now to help foster reasoning and communication. Then students form two groups and rotate between group instruction and personalized software.

    Math 180 is designed around three core ideas to improve the teaching and learning process in mathematics. 

    1) Focus on What Matters Most: For struggling students, time is at a premium. Reteaching every missed skill or concept isn't practical. That's why Math 180 focuses on deep and understanding and mastery of what matters most to be successful in algebra.

    2) Force Multiplier for Teaching: A "force multiplier" dramatically increases or multiplies effectiveness. Teacher preparedness for more rigorous standards is a critical issue in student growth.

    3) Growth Mindset: Attitude drives learning. We know that many of our students have given up on math. Math 180 begins with the premise that we need to foster students' growth mindset by showing them that their efforts lead to success.

    Below is a list of required materials for math class.

    3-Ring Binder (for all classes), 70 page spiral notebooks (2), #2 wooden pencils, or pens, or mechanical pencils, erasers, highlighters.

    The grade for this course will be determined by the following:

                            Tests, QSMA, Projects                      40%    

                            Classwork and Quizzes                     50%

                            Homework                                      10%

                                                                    Total    100%

    Classroom Expectations:

    This MATH 180 class is designed to help you on a path to be successful in Algebra I which you will need to graduate from high school. 

    In order to make the most of each minute in class, you are expected to be on time, with materials out, and ready to work hard each day. Homework will be assigned often, and will be discussed at the beginning of the following class. Please bring a positive attitude, follow all teacher directions, be kind and respectful to others, and make good choices. I enjoy teaching math, and I want you to be successful and have fun learning in class with your fellow students. 

    If you are absent for an assignment, you are responsible to make up the work. All class assignments and homework are listed every day on my teacher webpage. Late work will only be accepted in the case of an absence. Students have two days to make up work for each day of absence.

    You can contact me by phone or e-mail, or you may send me a note with your student. E-mail is the preferred method of contact.

    My email address is alden.cooper@marion.k12.fl.us. My telephone number is 352-465-6720, ext. 55261.

    I am looking forward to a great year ahead and I hope you are too!


    Mrs. Cooper