What is A.M.?
AM stands for Accelerated Math. This is a supplemental resource to our daily math curriculum. AM is customized for each student to work on their current ability level. Students are given a worksheet called a PRACTICE which includes different OBJECTIVES. Each PRACTICE worksheet is designed to take approximately 20-30 minutes and covers about 5 OBJECTIVES. A.M. is to be completed during extra class time, A.M. class, or as homework.
Why do we participate in A.M.?
A.M. is individualized to each student's own ability level. If a student is struggling with the concepts that we are working on in class, they can still be successful working on their level in A.M. This also works to challenge students who are working above the class. Another reason we participate in A.M. is because the questions are presented in TCAP format. Much of our daily work is done by showing the work and the answers. It is important for students to practice skills in multiple choice format which helps them to develop test taking skills that they will need for TCAP.
How does A.M. affect my Math grade?
A.M. is 10% of your overall Math grade. Grades for A.M. come from 3 main areas. Students are required to complete 15 objectives. If they get all 15, this area is 100%. If they only get 8 objectives, the average for this area would be 53%. Averages on PRACTICES and TESTS are also part of the overall A.M. grade. To find out your grade at any time, add up your PRACTICE %, TEST %, and % of goal, and divide by 3. This will give you your current overall A.M. grade.
What is the process for A.M.?
Students will receive their first PRACTICE from the teacher. After the initial practice scan card has been scored, the computer will automatically print a TOPS REPORT and the next PRACTICE.
When students have answered 5 out of the last 6 problems of an OBJECTIVE correctly, the OBJECTIVE becomes TESTABLE. A TEST is printed by the teacher when a student has at least 5 TESTABLE OBJECTIVES. TESTS will not be printed for fewer than 5 OBJECTIVES at a time, even if the student needs fewer than 5 to complete the grading period. You will have to wait until you have 5 ready to test in order to receive your TEST.
Why do I keep getting EXERCISES? ...If after several tries, a student has not completed an OBJECTIVE with a 75% average, the computer lets the teacher know that the student needs some extra practice with this skill. Students must complete any outstanding EXERCISES before they can receive a TEST.
What if I lose my A.M.? ...Students are supposed to keep their A.M. in the Math binder at all times. If you lose your AM, you may get a reprint. After the first reprint, you will have to sit at the front lunch table for any additional reprints you need.
When will I run out of work to do? ...You won't! A.M. is a continuous activity. If you get your 15 OBJECTIVES for the grading period, keep working to bring up your averages on TESTS and PRACTICES.
Why didn't the printer print me out anything to do? ...You only receive additional work from the computer when you have completed a PRACTICE. If you scan a TEST or EXERCISE, all you will get back is a TOPS report. You should already have a PRACTICE out that you are working on. Check with the A.M. teacher to find out what PRACTICE you need to be working on if you aren't sure.
How to read your TOPS Report
1. Heading- This includes what kind of an assignment was scored (PRACTICE, EXERCISE, TEST), the student's name, class, teacher, grade, and what date and time the report was printed.
2. Grading Section- This area lets the student know how many questions were correct on the assignment and what the grade for the assignment is. It also tells them each problem that they missed, along with their answer and the correct answer. This is an important part of A.M.! Students should review the problems they missed to learn from their mistakes. They may ask the teacher or a peer tutor to help them if they do not understand where they went wrong so they don't make the same mistakes next time!
3. Objectives on this Practice- Here students can look to see how many questions they completed on each objective and what the average for that objective is. Remember, a student must have answered the last 5 out of 6 problems correctly, and have a 75% overall average on an OBJECTIVE before it becomes TESTABLE.
4. Overall Progress- In this section students can find the information they need to determine their A.M. average as explained in the section on grading on the front of the newsletter. Students can also see how many OBJECTIVES are ready to test and how many OBJECTIVES have been completed for the year.