Mathematics Syllabus


Course Name

# of Credit Hours

Room Number(s)


Your Name

Contact Information (phone, email, personal website)

Available Location & Hours


Math Strategies/Financial Strategies 1,2,3 (07520)

0.75 credits per quarter

Room 202


Richard G. Peterson

612-668-3030, ext. 5-1126


8:30 a.m.-3:00 in class; before and after school by appointment




Course Description/Purpose




In this course students will develop basic math skills required to be successful in Algebra 1, as well as skills for independent money management through individualized instruction.



This course has been designed for students with autism whose IEP Team feel they require improved skills before attempting Algebra 1, and/or students who require the practical mathematics skills necessary to live and function as independent economic citizens.



Course Goals/Learning Objectives

















-          Money management

-          Reading bills

-          Writing checks and balancing checkbook

-          Understanding your pay stub

-          Income taxes

-          Comparison shopping

-          Savings

-          Understanding credit

-          Insurance

·         Objectives from the Ten Sigma Rubrics-

·         Conversing effectively on the telephone. (Rubric 9)

·         Being personally organized (Ribric 44)

·         Carry out math calculations with Accuracy (Rubric 50)

·         Keeping a checkbook (Rubric 59)

·         Keeping a Calendar/planner (RT II, Rubric 13)

·         Recognizing and Counting money (RTII, 29)

·         Individualized progress on basic math and pre-algebra mathematics skills.



Prerequisites/Technology Use



The only prerequisite is placement by decision of the students IEP Team


Students will use a calculator supplied by the school and other technology as appropriate to their program.  Students will be instructed on the required use of technology.  No previous skills are assumed..




Required Textbooks/Equipment




Holt Mathematics, Course2,3

Banking  Math for Today’s World, PCI Education.



Classroom Procedures/Policies



Although the content is delivered in a small group setting, the class is individualized in regards to grading, work completion, and extended time.  The student will follow the procedures and adaptations outlined in his/her IEP.  Given that, the following expectations are general goals for all participants:


  1. . All school policies and procedures are followed in this course.  (School policies can be found in your student’s planner.)
  2. Students are expected to be on time.
  3. Students are expected to do their best and participate.  All work is expected to be completed by the due dates, with modifications specified in the student’s IEP.  When needed, special accommodations will be used as outlined in the individual  IEP.  Individual case managers will be consulted to meet different needs.
  4. Come Prepared!  Students need a notebook, folder, and writing utensil.  Any other learning materials will be specified when needed.


Assessment will be individualized and will follow the student’s Individualized Educational Plan.

Students will be expected to follow the Minneapolis Public Schools Discipline Policy unless otherwise specified in their IEP.









·         A major part of the class is learning standard classroom routine, skills such as staying organized, keeping a planner, and being personally organized. as indicated in the objectives listed above.  The Ten Sigma Rubrics and the criteria specified in the IEP will be used to determine mastery.


Content area material will be graded using the standard Minneapolis Public Schools grading scale individualized according to the student’s IEP..



Student Code of Conduct


All students are expected to adhere to the Southwest High School and Minneapolis District Citywide Discipline Policy (unless modified by the IEP), which is designed to promote a safe and respectful learning environment. For more information about your rights and responsibilities consult your Southwest Student/Parent Handbook


Academic Integrity: Plagiarism/Consequences



It is expected that members of this class will observe strict policies of academic honesty and will be respectful of each other. Any instances in which cheating, including plagiarism and unauthorized use of copyrighted materials, computer accounts, or someone else’s work is determined, will be referred to Student Services and will be investigated to its full extent.