Teacher: Ms. Sorenson
Welcome to AP Statistics! I’m excited to take you on a journey into the living world of statistics – it is one cool place! I want to make this a classroom that rocks, but I’m going to need your help. Here’s what I could use from you…
Step One: Warm, awake, breathing body in class on time daily.
Step Two: Positive attitude – it makes all the difference. I’ll do my best to always be energetic and positive about you as individuals and students as well as about STATISTICS!! Wahoo! If you’ll do the same, we’ll have a great time!
Step Three: Respect – R-E-S-P-E-C-T – that’s where it is! Respect yourself, respect your classmates, and respect me as a teacher. This fosters a great learning environment for us all. Please only utilize electronic devices (even including calculators!) when appropriate.
Step Four: Communicate – if you have input, let me know. If you have ideas of statistical activities you’d like to do with the material we’re studying, please share them with me - I’ll accommodate as many of them as possible. There is so much awesome data out there to be analyzed!
Step Five: Have FUN!!! Yes, it’s true – school can be fun! Having fun is one of the best kept secrets of learning – let’s expose it!
OK, so now that you know a little of what you can do to help me out, let me give you some input on things to help foster your success in this class.
Course Description: The topics covered in this course are aligned with the College Board Standards to provide you with an academically rigorous experience & prepare you for the AP Statistics Exam should you choose to take it. The main areas of study are experimental design, exploring data, planning and conducting a study, exploring random phenomena using probability and simulation, estimating and interpreting population parameters, and testing hypotheses. In addition, there will be a number of student projects including an extensive group project conducted after the AP Exam in the spring.
Required Materials: 3-ring binder with dividers (Ideally just a few sections in a large binder), writing utensil, loose-leaf paper, and calculator (Note: Assignments will include problems that need to be completed using a TI-83 Plus, TI-84 or TI-Inspire graphing calculator throughout the year. If you do not have access to one of these, later this week you will be able to check out a TI-84 from me for the year.)
Homework Assignments will be checked and turned in on days indicated on your unit calendar - generally one to two times per week. To maximize the use of homework as a tool for learning, we will take a few minutes at the beginning of the class period to go over the solutions including the appropriate vocabulary and phrasing. Homework will be graded both on completion (50%) and correctness (50%) as its purpose is to help you learn and grow, not as a measure of perfection. You will score your own homework as we review it and I will assign a final grade once I've reviewed them individually before returning them to you.
Quizzes are scheduled on a regular basis and check your understanding of recently covered concepts. You will have a mix of group quizzes & individual quizzes – the individual quizzes will consist of free response questions similar to previous AP Exams & include a bonus multiple choice AP question.
Tests will usually consist of a combination of multiple choice and essay/free-response questions. Most questions will be modeled after actual AP Exam questions and approximately 20% of each test will include material from previous units we have studied spiraled in (except the first test of the year).
AP Practice Bonus Challenges will be given periodically to allow you to practice more actual AP Test free response questions and earn up to 10 points on a test grade. These challenges will be given in groups created based on HW averages and will spiral concepts from various parts of the year together.
Projects will be assigned at least once every nine weeks at the end of most units we are studying. Some projects will be done in partners or groups while others will be completed individually. These projects will mostly be completed outside of class and range from timelines of a week to several weeks for your final project in the spring. Projects will factor into your average like test grades.
Your grade each nine weeks will consist of:
Daily Assignments – 15%
Quizzes – 25%
Tests & Projects - 60%
Your Semester Exam will constitute 20% of your semester grade.
Grading Scale: 90 – 100 A
80 – 89 B 0 – 69 F (Ouchy mama!)
70 – 79 C
Make-up Work for excused absences must be completed in a timely manner. As a general rule, the time you have to complete make-up work for full credit is the same as the amount of time you were excused. Work for unexcused absences will reflect a 20% penalty.
Late work may be turned in for 80% credit until the end of that unit. This late work policy emphasizes the value in the actual completion of the assignment even if it is not in a timely manner.
Tutoring will be available for you in L104 from 8:00AM to 8:30AM MTRF and Tuesday & Thursday afternoons until at least 5PM. I will post meetings and other obligations as they arise if they will interfere with tutoring times. If you’re lost, please get help ASAP!
The A-List! Everybody wants in! – The A-List is a VIP club for those students getting an A on their tests. The list changes every time we have another test – you can be out just as fast as you were in so keep on your toes! What’s the benefit? You are on the A-list from when you get an A on your test until the next test is given. During that period of time, you only have to complete half of every ON TIME assignment for full credit – that’s right – half done for full credit!!! You pick the half of the problems you want to do – it’s craziness! Keep getting those A’s and you may have halved homework all year!
Note: Reviews & Latework are exempt from A-list policies and must be fully completed by everyone.