Be ready to learn when class begins.
Have materials ready and know due dates. VFMS supply list.
Be a Polite and Positive ParticipantSpeak in a normal tone of voice and listen attentively. Be respectful.
Turn in work on time and always do your best.
Be a Problem Solver
Correct problems quickly and peacefully before they escalate.
The list above describes the most important expectations.
There are at least 84,357.7 additional rules in Room 110. Unfortunately, there is not enough space to list them all here.
Some of the rules are more important than others. Check out a few of the rules below...
Please note: unless you are a student in Math 110, you might not understand all of them.
How could there only be 5 rules?
Here are a few additional ones that have come up over the years...
Don't be negative.
You may not divide by zero.
Be respectful. It is not as hard as you think.
One is NOT a prime number.
Stand respectfully during the pledge and anthem at the start of every school day. This is not the time to fill out assignment books. If you are in the hallway or just entering the class when it begins, stay where you are until the pledge is over.
You can call it math or maths.
Don't be a waxing gibbous!
Avoid using science terms as insults.
There is NO crying in science (at school or at home).
Do you shed tears when you...
Lose in basketball? Hit a sour note in music? Can't beat a level in a video game?
Sorry. Sometimes you will struggle in math. You are not perfect in everything else you do, so don't expect to have zero problems in mathematics.
If you fail often in things like sports, music, art, and other areas of life, why should you get upset when in comes to maths?
See Rule 5.0
Experience is a school.
Do NOT be afraid to fail.
Directions: Fall down. Get back up. Repeat.
Great quote from Thomas Edison:
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work."
Mr. P loves it when students have several sharp pencils, get out packets, and put binders away quickly without being asked.
Ignore rule 37a on Fridays. Put binders away, set up 24 cards & boards, and get ready to play.
Nine out of ten jokes Mr. P tells are not funny.
(The jokes, puns, and quotes on math sheets are always hilarious.)
It is probably a good idea to listen to the morning and afternoon announcements very carefully.
All homework is optional...
BUT you will get a zero if you do not do it. So if you want the option of a zero, don't do your homework.
Mr. P might also choose the option of keeping you in for recess or activity period.
Additionally, parents could decide on some options of their own if they notice you are not doing your best.
Don't run with scissors.
Rule 37 / 9:
Converting mixed numbers to improper fractions is not more fun than factor snowballs. (A.L. 2012)
Graph paper is awesome!
Graph paper spirals are even cooler then regular graph paper.
Graph paper index cards sound cooler than they really are.
Never put pineapple on pizza. Ever!
Mentioning it in Mr. P's class is NOT appropriate.
You may add a tooth OR a bowtie to your 7's but including both is a little too much.
Yes! You have to write your last name, too.
(and spelling counts!)
Can you take a math test with a pen? No, no, and no!
Homework with a crayon?! Never!
Rule 3/6 or 1/2:
It is called "simplifying," not "reducing."
"Lowest terms" is ok to use as well.
For appropriate use of the word "reducing," see rule #3.
Rule 19/1 and 19/2 and 19/0 and 0/0:
A "1" in the denominator is not "oneths." It is "wholes."
A "2" in the denominator is not "twoths." It is "halves."
A "0" in the denominator does not make the fraction equal to zero.
Zero over zero does not equal one. Sorry.
First period does not end at 8:30. This rule is more for Mr. P.
Chairs with wheels are not for racing.
(also my daughter's favorite line from Finding Nemo)
Asking if recess is indoors or out when there is a massive rain storm just outside the windows of the classroom is probably not a good idea. See Rule 5.7
Feel free to keep your "inner dialogue" to yourself.
Embrace your inner nerd.
This is a greater than sign: >
This is less than: <
The word "chompy" will not be found in any respectable math book.
Strive to be independent. Remember the slogan for PAL in 4th grade? "If I can do it, than I should do it."
If you get "Ijrutpe" for the answer to a planet on a math puzzle, you should probably go back and read the directions about unscrambling the letters.
Stop blaming your mom for work not being in your math folder or why you don't have a sharp pencil in class.
It is highly recommended that you READ the chapter before attempting to complete a science worksheet.
Please avoid the Alexander short-cut method of just finding the answers to the sheet by looking at headings, bold words, etc. and skipping the majority of text.
One snowflake falling from the sky does mean we will have an early dismissal.
Why is it that middle school students (who are not generally known for their ability to pay attention) can smell, see, and hear ONE small snowflake landing on a distant branch outside the classroom windows?
Rules 2468a, b, c, and d:
"Mathlete" is one of the best words ever. "Smarticles" is up there as well.
Using the word "mathmaticious" during class is always a positive.
Saying you "mathed up" instead of "messed up" is grammatically correct in room 110.
Yes, "mathy" is an appropriate adjective.
Note: these may not fly with Mr. M or Dr. McD.
"If it's worth doing, it's worth overdoing."
Bored? Try memorizing the digits of Pi listed across the back of the classroom. The record in Mr. P's class is over 400.
You may ask yourself why?
When George Mallory was asked that same question after he climbed Mt. Everest, he replied with:
"Because it's there."
(Also known as Rule 2.71828182845904523536 or Rule e):
Pi is not the only really cool irrational number.
Just asking for a Prothero Penny will not get you a Prothero Penny.
Don't worry! You will have math again before you know it.
We need to rid the world of the "x" for multiplication. The dot or superplus, which is a "*", should be used instead. The term "superplus" isn't well known outside of Room 110, so don't be surprised if your 6th grade teacher is unaware of it.
Asking "Is this right?" when you are taking a test is not a question I can answer while you are taking the test.
People are ODD and are not always logical.
Just be yourself. It is so much easier than pretending to be someone else.
Don't worry, Spock struggled with this one, too.
Avoid unnecessary drama.
Question: What is the answer to life, the universe, and everything?
If you don't understand, then you are probably asking the wrong question.
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Wrappers from snacks go in the trash and not the green recycling bin.
Don't be wasteful: use both sides of the paper. If you are writing on a mobius strip, it is OK to just use one side.
Any questions? Ask the Lorax.
Jedi mind tricks are not allowed in Math 110.
All minor complaints can be shared with Bethany. You can whine to her about homework as well. I am sure she will feel bad for you.
We don't go outside for recess if it is really cold.
It is probably good not to stick your finger in small pieces of PVC pipe or other objects where it could get stuck past your knuckle.
"Lowest" and "greatest" are common math terms.
"Middlest" should probably be one, too.
Avoid saying things like:
"I don't get it."
"Math makes no sense and neither do Mr. P's drawings."
"I don't understand this stuff."
"I am stupid."
"I am not good at math."
"I give up."
Instead, here are some better comments:
"Could you go over that one more time?"
"I think I understand, but could you show another example?"
"Is there another way to solve it?"
"Is there a website I could use to practice these problems?"
Maybe you just need to relax and give yourself more time to understand.
Stopping in at advisory is another great time to ask Mr. P about a concept you are struggling with.
Math Games and puzzles must be taken care of and put back properly or you will not be allowed to use them.
Somewhere over the Rainbow... Murp!
The internet offers more than Youtube and Google.
Try creating something using Web 2.0 tools.
Exploring concepts beyond what we talk about is encouraged.
If you find the first 500 prime numbers, an interesting book that is related to math, a good website, a worthy thinking problem, etc., please share with Mr. P.
Infinity + 1 is not bigger than Infinity.
"Buzz Lightyear was wrong." (KA 2013)
NEVER ask "Is this homework?"
The homework is on the board!!!
And last, but not least: Don't Panic... Think!
(Do NOT switch the words "Panic" and "Think" around when taking tests & quizzes.)
... don't worry! You will figure out most of the classroom rules by June!
My grandfather was a math teacher and my grandmother taught Shakespeare for over 40 years. Grandma would have had similar rules as the one's listed below that appeared in an Ann Lander's column called...
"The Golden Rules for Living"
written by by Miriam Hamilton Keare:
1. If you open it, close it.
2. If you turn it on, turn it off.
3. If you unlock it, lock it up.
4. If you break it, admit it.
5. If you can't fix it, call in someone who can.
6. If you borrow it, return it.
7. If you value it, take care of it.
8. If you make a mess, clean it up.
9. If you move it, put it back.
10. If it belongs to someone else, get permission to use it.
11. If you don't know how to operate it, leave it alone.
12. If it is none of your business, don't ask questions.
Mr. Hill's Homework Rules
1. Go outside
2. Run Around
4. Have Fun
5. Create Memories for yourself