Skrobacz, Mrs. M.

Academic Lab
Class Information

Purpose of Academic Lab: to provide students with the basic skills they need in order to be successful in their regular math classes. In addition, emphasis is placed upon improving study skills, reinforcing class room instruction, and assisting with test preparation. 

Materials Used:  Number Worlds, Big Ideas Math, Common Core Standards Bellringers, Spectrum Math, Skills Sharpeners Math, The Kim Marshall Series Math, The Math teacher's Problem-A-Day, plus numerous supplemental websites.

Grading Practice: Pass/Fail Course  
Grades are based upon a daily point system - 10 points for each successfully completed assignment, 5 points for incomplete work, 0 points unprepared, 25 points for Study Guides, and 50 points for Assessments. Conduct and Effort is also reflected in all grades. 

Homework/Study Guides: Homework is not assigned on a daily basis. Most assignments are completed in class. However, Study Guides, when assigned are to be completed, i.e. all work must be shown, answer keys are to be used to correct and self assess, and parent/guardian signatures must be obtained.  Students are to submit  signed Study Guides on designated dates. 

Organizational Skills and Class Supplies:
One of the primary goals of Academic Lab is to teach organizational skills. Students need a sturdy 2 pocket folder labeled with name and class. In addition, it is recommended that students have an "In-Class" Tool Bag containing the following: 2 black expo markers, a white board eraser, and a supply of # 2 pencils with erasers.  All math work is to be done in pencil!  Class supplies are to be secured in a large, resealable plastic bag, labeled with name and grade. 

PARCC: The PARCC is administered late spring. Ongoing reinforcement and practice of basic math skills provides a strong foundation for higher ordered thinking skills. 

E-Mail Contact: Scheduled work hours 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Number Worlds

The goals of Number Worlds and learning mathematics are to encourage and enable students to:

  • recognize that mathematics permeates the world around us
  • to provide learning support to pupils who lag behind their counterparts in math performance
  • appreciate the usefulness, power and beauty of mathematics
  • provide learning activities and practical experiences while adapting school curricula to meet individual needs
  • enjoy mathematics and develop patience and persistence when solving problems
  • understand and be able to use the language, symbols and notation of mathematics
  • develop mathematical curiosity and use inductive and deductive reasoning when solving problems
  • become confident in using mathematics to analyze and solve problems both in school and in real-life situations
  • develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to pursue further studies in mathematics
  • develop abstract, logical and critical thinking and the ability to reflect critically upon their work and the work of others
  • develop a critical appreciation of the use of information and communication technology in mathematics

A. Knowledge and understanding

Knowledge and understanding are fundamental to studying mathematics and form the base from which to explore concepts and develop problem-solving skills. Through knowledge and understanding students develop mathematical reasoning to make deductions and solve problems.

Number Worlds enables students:

  • know and demonstrate understanding of the concepts from Number Worlds five units: umber sense, operations sense,  algebra, statistical analysis, geometry and measurement
  • use appropriate mathematical concepts and skills to solve problems in both familiar and unfamiliar situations including those in real-life contexts
  • select and apply general rules correctly to solve problems including those in real-life contexts.

  B. Investigating patterns

Investigating patterns allows students to experience the excitement and satisfaction of mathematical discovery. Mathematical inquiry encourages students to become risk-takers, inquirers and critical thinkers. The ability to inquire is invaluable and contributes to lifelong learning.

Through the use of mathematical investigations, students are given the opportunity to apply mathematical knowledge and problem-solving techniques to investigate a problem, generate and/or analyze information, find relationships and patterns, describe these mathematically as general rules, and justify or prove them.

At the end of Number Worlds’ remediation, when investigating problems, in both theoretical and real-life contexts, student should be able to:

  • select and apply appropriate inquiry and mathematical problem-solving techniques
  • recognize patterns
  • describe patterns as relationships or general rules
  • draw conclusions consistent with findings
  • justify or prove mathematical relationships and general rules.

C. Communication in mathematics

Mathematics provides a powerful and universal language. Students are expected to use mathematical language appropriately when communicating mathematical ideas, reasoning and findings—both orally and in writing.

Though Number Worlds’ intervention strategies, students should be able to communicate mathematical ideas, reasoning and findings by being able to:

  • use appropriate mathematical language (notation, symbols, terminology) in both oral and written explanations
  • use different forms of mathematical representation (formulae, diagrams, tables, charts, graphs and models)
  • move between different forms of representation.

D. Reflection in mathematics

Number Worlds encourages students to reflect upon their findings and problem-solving processes. Students are encouraged to share their thinking with teachers and peers and to examine different problem-solving strategies. Critical reflection in mathematics helps students gain insight into their strengths and weaknesses as learners and to appreciate the value of errors as powerful motivators to enhance learning and understanding.

At the end of the program students should be able to:

  • explain whether their results make sense in the context of the problem
  • explain the importance of their findings
  • justify the degree of accuracy of their results where appropriate
  • suggest improvements to the method when necessary.