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Barbara Coleman » WELCOME TO MS. COLEMAN'S CLASS

WELCOME TO MS. COLEMAN'S CLASS

Hello and Welcome to OGHS! 
I am an Education Specialist teaching the subject of Basic Integrated Math 1 & 2. Under NCLB, I am highly qualified in Computers/Business, Math and Social Science. Combined with teaching classes, I am an ADA Casemanager for 28 students with mild/moderate learning disabilities.
 
 With Escondido Union High School District (24 years total), I have been:
  • Teacher for 14 years
  • Member of Guiding Coalition (currently)
  • Site Representative for Teachers Union (3 years)
  • Workability Job Developer for 7 1/2 years (all school sites & non-public schools)
  • Summer School Teacher (serving students and  young adults with severe disabilities, SPHS, EHS & OGHS)
  • Special Education Consultant during Summer School (2 summers, Escondido & San Pasqual High School)
  • Instructional Assistant for Special Education (2 summers, OGHS)
  • Previous Girls 9th Grade Soccer Coach (2 years)
  • Previous African-American Student Union Helper
  • Previous Advisor for National Honor Society (9 years)
  • Assistant Manager @  OGHS in Student Nutrition ( 2 1/2 years)
  • Security & Custodial (San Pasqual High School)
 
I love working and serving at Orange Glen High School! I enjoy learning and applying new research-based methods of teaching and I strive to help students learn new habits which allow them to grow to be critical thinkers, problem solvers and lifelong learners. Research shows that these qualities attribute to personal success in life.
 
My teaching philosophy is based in helping students to help themselves. I promote student advocacy & personal empowerment in the form of:
  • encouraging use of communication skills
  • knowledge of one's basic educational rights as outlined in ADA & IDEA
  • functional life, executive functioning and citizen skills
  • academics (promote high expectations, strive for higher order thinking & real-life application)
I am a mother of two children: my son, aged 33, and my daughter, aged 28, and my 'active' dog. I have two brothers and I am the proud daughter of a career US Marine and an Issei mother.
My educational background contains a Master's of Science in Special Education, Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts.
 

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Math Class Information

CLASS SYLLABUS
Ms. Coleman-Education Specialist
Special Education, Masters in Science
760-291-5000, ext. 5451
bcoleman@euhsd.org

Please feel free to call the classroom (please understand, I will be teaching) or email if you have any concerns or questions.
 
NEEDS LIST-needed everyday
Binder OR folder with lined paper OR spiral notebook. If your family needs help getting one of these, please let your ADA Casemanager know.
Pencil
Yellow school calculator. Will be stored in a locked cabinet in Ms. Coleman's class.
Math Book.Will be stored in a locked cabinet in Ms. Coleman's class.
 
HOMEWORK-Good for the brain
Homework will be given up to 2 times/week. Homework is reviewed for quality & graded as credit/no credit. Homework assignments can be handed in late with NO credit penalty (up to 3 days before final exams.)
 
MISSING SCHOOL?-Umm, we still have math class.
When a student misses school, school is still in session and over an hour and 40 minutes of math class has happened. The student needs to connect with Ms. Coleman (NOT during classtime, please) to see how he/she can make up any missed math points. The student is responsible for reminding Ms. Coleman to find out how to make up any missed quizzes and/or quests. Most students are NOT automatically excused from assignments just because they are absent from class.
 
SYNERGY-Online Grade Program
Students & parents can read of special education/ELL techniques Ms. Coleman used for students on each class assignment. Parents can also read Ms. Coleman's notes about their child and assignments. Math videos for some chapters are available on Synergy labeled as 'Resources'. Ms. Coleman inputs grades approximately every week and a half. Most grades from assignments are based upon Math Content competency and/or Mathematical Practices; partial credit is given for correct math thinking and sometimes a math rubric is used for grading.
 
QUESTS & QUIZZES
Students can retake any of these, for a higher grade. Its best that students give Ms. Coleman prior notice so she can make sure she has new copies of the Quest and/or quiz. Students are expected to use notes and/or textbook on quests. Quizzes are short (2-4 questions) and notes are not allowed. It is a common accommodation that Ms. Coleman helps students organize their notes, book and calculator prior to quests. Other accommodations include>read aloud instructions/questions, helping find information in student's math notes and Ms. Coleman making clearer/re-wording math questions on the math quests.Quests and quizzes have open-ended questions, no multiple choice questions. In some instances, students show their math knowledge/thinking by explaining answers to Ms. Coleman in addition to writing math answers.
 
CLASS ASSIGNMENTS
Ms. Coleman will offer a quality high school level math session and all students are expected to finish assignments during classtime. In order to continue passing math class, all students need to turn in high school quality thinking. Students will be given ample time to finish assignments during class. Class assignments are not homework. If a student is absent, it is okay to turn in late assignments (okay up to 3 days before finals) without a penalty to the grade.
 
REMIND-Internet based reminder program
Ms. Coleman is able to easily text mass and personal math reminders to students rather than personally calling each student in the evening. Parents & students are able to text Ms. Coleman if need be.
 
ACADEMIC BOOSTS
During class students will mostly work in squads to bounce their math thinking off of other people. Students can get additional individual math help from Ms. Coleman during most tutorial times; no appointment is needed. The school offers free Saturday tutoring sessions, before school and after school help also.
 
EXTRA CREDIT
Extra credit is offered in the form of math vocabulary questions (spoken/verbal) and/or perhaps math warm ups. Math packets are not offered.