Craig Joseph

Craig JosephSecondary Mathematics Teacher
Divine Building, Room 306
craig.joseph@cdhl.wa.gov
VP: 360-553-4625

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If you got problems, Craig Joseph, aka Mr. Joe, will be more than happy to help you to solve your problems! In fact, Craig works with problems daily! He joined the Terrier Team in 2016 as the secondary Mathematics teacher, currently in his 3rd year at WSD. Craig is also a coach for WSD’s Middle School Mathematics Team that attends and participates in a nationwide NTID Math Competition for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing middle school students in Rochester, New York. Craig has been teaching secondary Mathematics since 2013, starting at Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, DC. Craig obtained a Masters in Deaf Education and two Bachelors in Mathematics and Secondary Education from Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. Fun tidbit about Craig, Washington School for the Deaf is his alma mater (Class of 2004).

If anything, please feel free to email me, call me, or stop by for a chat. 😀

Tabs on the right will include descriptions and syllabi of Craig’s 2018-2019 courses this year. Additionally, on this tab below, you will find some notes about expectation, grading, and resources.

 

2018-2019 Courses:

  • Middle School Math
  • Practical Math
  • Life Skills Math
  • Introduction to Business Marketing (Elective)

 

Expectations & Grading:

Mathematics is not only about numbers and answers, it is also about understanding the process and applications.

In general, Mathematics is a science of logic that involves quantity, arrangement, shape, change, and chance along with its relationship to each other. It is to say that mathematics is not only about numbers, equations, computations, or algorithms, it is also about understanding, learning, and finding a solution to the problem. With that said, the ability to do Mathematics also lies in one’s ability to listen, read, investigate, talk, discuss, write, draw, calculate, show, and share ideas around numbers, shapes, and patterns. In a sense, one should at least try/practice and do Mathematics instead of giving no attempt.

Grading may become more subjective when we talk about understanding Mathematics versus having the right “answers” to the math problems. Instead of grading fully based on accuracy, students will also be graded on completion, effort, computation, accuracy, understanding, reasoning, explaining, neatness, organization, and presentation. In the link below, you will find Mr. Joseph’s Mathematical Expectations & Grading rubric, which will be used for grading assignments and assessments. With this grading system, students should receive a passing grade if they display sufficient understanding of mathematical process on their assignments and assessments along with their classroom participation.

CLICK —> Mr. Joseph’s Expectations, Grade, & Level System (as of 10.2018)

 

Classroom Resources:

There are a few primary classroom resources for Mr. Joseph’s courses.

 

Google Classroom (GC):

The Google Classroom is a free web service developed by Google for schools that aim to simplify creating, distributing, and grading assignments in a paperless way. Students sign-in with their school-issued Google account (firstname.lastname@stu.wsd.wa.gov). Students will mainly receive assignments through Google Classroom. It is critical/important that the students have a good habit to SAVE their assignments frequently (avoiding loss of their unsaved works). Contact Craig if you need assistance with Google Classroom.

CLICK —> Google Classroom

 

IXL:

IXL is a website primarily offering educational practice for K-12 students.  IXL Learning offers practice skills for math, English language arts, science, social studies, and Spanish. Skills and practice questions are aligned with Common Core and state standards, and are often used in conjunction with classroom learning and assignments. It also provides analytical tools to track student and classroom performance and identify areas for academic improvement with each student. Student login with their firstnamelastname and WSD wifi password. Craig’s IXL guideline and grading can be found in Mr. Joseph’s Grading, Expectation, and Level System document.  Contact Craig if you need assistance with IXL.

CLICK —> IXL

 

Skyward:

Student’s official grades will be recorded in Skyward. Students’ guardians use Skyward’s Family Access product to stay up-to-date on students’ grades, school schedules, food service accounts, and to communicate with teachers and other district staff. Students use Skyward’s Student Access product to check their own grades and schedules, work on online assignments, and communicate with teachers.

Mr. Joseph’s assignment policy is that the assignment is due before Craig finishes the bulk grading of the assignment.  And if the assignment is turned in after the bulk grading, it will be subjected to be graded with 10% deduction due to lateness.

On the Skyward gradebook, if student’s assignment grade in Skyward is BLANK, that means the assignment is UNGRADED (not missing). BLANK = UNGRADED. If student’s assignment grade in Skyward is ZERO (0), that means the assignment is MISSING. ZERO (0) = MISSING.

Contact WSD secondary assistant David Martin if you need assistance with Skyward (David.Martin@cdhl.wa.gov, voicephone: 360-696-6525 ext 4341, videophone: 360-334-5775).

CLICK —> Skyward

 

School-issued iPad:

WSD students are eligible to check-out/borrow WSD’s iPad for educational purposes. Students can use iPads on-campus and off-campus. Students will need to remember to connect to WIFI and use their internet sign-in username and password (for internet filter) on LSACCESS.ME/LOGIN. Contact Craig or our Librarian who also is an iPad/Tech Support, Ginger Speranza, if you need assistance with iPad (Ginger.Speranza@cdhl.wa.gov, voicephone: 360-696-6525 ext. 4352, videophone: 360-524-0597).

 

Course Description

In Middle School Math, we will study and practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, place value, fraction/decimals/percents, geometry, data, time, money, measurements, and word problems. In additional to applying mathematical practices, students will use critical thinking, understand and solve mathematical problems, display and communicate mathematical procedure, utilize mathematics journal, and work cooperatively to increase mathematical knowledge and performance.

 

Course Goals

  • Read, write, explain, compare, and round numbers using numerals, number names, and expanded form and use place value understanding to add, subtract, and multiply multi-digits.
  • Represent and solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. And explain patterns in arithmetic and expressions.
  • Develop understanding of fractions, decimals, and percents as numbers with comparison, equivalence, ordering, conversions, and operations.
  • Identify, describe, analyze, compare, compose, and classify shapes based on their attributes including understand, identify, measure, and draw lines and angles while understand, recognize, and calculate perimeter, area, and volume.
  • Represent and interpret data and also solve problems involving time, money, and measurements
  • Represent the context of a word problem with pictures, models, equations and/or variables.

 

CLICK -> Mr. Joe’s MS Math Syllabus 2018-2019

Course Description

In Practical Math, we will study and practice multiplication, division, order of operations, fractions/decimals/percents & their conversions, geometry, data, basic graphing, basic probability & statistics, measurements, and word problems. In additional to applying mathematical practices, students will use critical thinking, understand and solve mathematical problems, display and communicate mathematical procedure, utilize mathematics journal, and work cooperatively to increase mathematical knowledge and performance.

 

Course Goals

  • Understand and use place value including decimals.
  • Perform four operations (including order of operations) with multi-digits while gain familiarity with factors and multiples and analyze patterns to write and interpret math expressions.
  • Understand fraction comparison, equivalence, ordering, and decimal fractions for fraction operations and fraction/decimals/percent conversions.
  • Understand, identify, measure, and draw lines and angles, and also classify shapes based on their properties and calculate their area and volume.
  • Represent and interpret data and also solve problems involving measurements and conversion of measurements.
  • Represent the context of a word problem with pictures, models, equations and/or variables.

 

CLICK -> Mr. Joe’s Practical Math Syllabus 2018-2019

Course Description

In Life Skills Math, we will study and practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, place value, fractions, geometry, time, money, measurements, data, and word problems. In additional to applying mathematical practices, students will use critical thinking, understand and solve mathematical problems, display and communicate mathematical procedure, utilize mathematics journal, and work cooperatively to increase mathematical knowledge and performance.

 

Course Goals

  • Read, write, explain, compare, and round  numbers to 1000 using numerals, number names, and expanded form and also use place value understanding to add, subtract, and multiply multi-digits.
  • Represent and solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. And explain patterns in arithmetic.
  • Develop understanding of fractions as numbers.
  • Identify, describe, analyze, compare, and compose shapes and their attributes while understand, recognize, and calculate perimeter and area.
  • Tell and write time, identify and calculate with money, represent and interpret data, and solve problems involving measurement and estimation.
  • Represent the context of a word problem with pictures, models, equations and/or variables.

 

CLICK -> Mr. Joe’s Life Skills Math Syllabus 2018-2019

Course Description

In Introduction to Business Marketing, we will learn and study important elements of work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. The course will provide a solid foundation of business, economics, and free enterprise education. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to use critical thinking skills to learn about key economic concepts as they explore and enhance their understanding of free enterprise.

Course Goals

  • Discuss the roles they, as citizens, play in their community as workers and consumers and relate those personal roles to the free enterprise
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the free enterprise system
  • Building money management skills through a practical knowledge of economic concepts and banking practices
  • Develop an understanding of basic business practices and responsibilities
  • Display the soft skills necessary for successful participation in the world of work

 

CLICK -> Mr. Joe’s Introduction to Business Marketing Syllabus 2018-2019