## Tim Taylor-Algebra 1; Pre-College Algebra; Head Boys Track & Assistant Football Coach

Hi, My name is Tim Taylor. I began teaching at Lipscomb in the fall of 1983. I am entering my Thirty-first year of teaching at Lipscomb. During that time I have taught Algebra 1 each year and have also taught Algebra 2, Geometry and Pre-College Algebra. I have served as an assistant varsity football coach since 1983 and have been coaching track since 1985. I have been the head varsity boys track coach since 1987.

Here is a little personal information that might interest you. I was born in Nashville, but spent my early life in Mississippi and West Tennessee. I attended elementary and middle school in Ripley, Mississippi and high school in Ripley, Tennessee. I graduated from Ripley High School in 1978. While in high school, I participated in football and golf. I then attended Freed-Hardeman University, where I was a four year member of the Lions golf team. After graduation from FHU in 1982, I attended the University of Memphis where I received a Masters Degree in Education in 1984.

I married the former Sherra Williams in 1987. Sherra has worked as a math tutor in the high school LEP program for the last twelve years. We have been blessed with two children. Jeff is a sophomore at Harding University and Lori Beth is a senior at Lipscomb Academy. Our family worships at the Crieve Hall Church of Christ in Nashville. My hobbies include playing golf, running, fly fishing, watching Ole Miss athletic events and travel. I especially enjoy traveling in the Western part of the United States. Last summer, Sherra and I celebrated our twenty-fifth anniversary with a trip to California where we visited San Francisco, Pebble Beach, Big Sur, Yosemite National Park and Lake Tahoe.

I am looking forward to teaching your child this year. You will find information below about the classes that I teach.

2013/14 Algebra 1 Student Guidelines

**Proverbs 1: 5-7 The Beginning of Knowledge**

*“ 5 A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,*

*6 To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles.*

*7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.”*

There are several things that will be expected of you this year. They include the following.

1. Finish what you start to the best of your ability. “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”

2. Learn from your mistakes. “Good judgment comes from experience; Experience comes from bad judgment.”

3. Perfect practice makes perfect. “The three keys to learning are repetition, repetition, repetition.”

**GRADING**

1.

__TESTS__will be 65% of your total grade

2.

__HOMEWORK__completion and corrections will be 25% of your total grade. Late homework can be turned in for 50% credit if it is submitted before the next test. After that, it will be recorded as a zero.

3.

__QUIZ AVERAGE__will be 10% 0f your total grade.

A+ 100 B+ 92 C+ 84 D+ 74 A 94-99 B 86-91 C 76-83 D 71-73 F 0-69 A- 93 B- 85 C- 75 D- 70

**RESPONSIBILITIES**

1. The teacher has the responsibility to provide instruction, grade assignments quickly, communicate with parents and maintain an orderly classroom. You and your parents will receive an e-mail progress report after

**EACH**test. Algebra 1 will be taught according to the standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM).

2. The STUDENT has the responsibility to complete AND correct assignments, ask for help when needed and respect the rights of others during class. You should get missing assignments on RenWeb and complete them as soon as possible after returning to school.

**There will be NO individual extra credit.**Just do your work!

3. If you expect to receive the Tennessee Lottery Scholarship (HOPE), then you must maintain a 3.0 (B) average in your core (MATH, ENGLISH, SCIENCE) during high school. This is worth $4,000 to $5,000 per year of college.

4. TAKE NOTES and work EXAMPLES during class. Pay attention and practice the new skills you are taught.

5. USE you time in class to correct mistakes, ask for help and then to get as much of your assignment done in class as possible.

6. LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES-this is a life skill that you must learn to be successful in any area of life.

**7.**

**REVIEW the new skills by following the 10-24-7 plan.**

a. Practice the new skill within 10 minutes of learning it-WORK ON YOUR HOMEWORK DURING CLASS

b. Review the skill with 24 hours-COMPLETE YOUR HOMEWORK AND THE REVIEW PROBLEMS on the next day

c. Continue your review within 7 days-STAY READY FOR QUIZZES AND TESTS

2013/14 Pre-College Algebra Student Guidelines

**Proverbs 1: 5-7 The Beginning of Knowledge**

*5 A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,*

*6 To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles.*

*7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.*

There are several things that will be expected of you this year. They include the following.

1. Finish what you start to the best of your ability. “Winners never quit and quitters never win.”

2. Learn from your mistakes. “Good judgment comes from experience; Experience comes from bad judgment.”

3. Perfect practice makes perfect. “The three keys to learning are repetition, repetition, repetition.”

**GRADING**

1.

__TESTS__will be 75% of your total grade.

2.

__HOMEWORK__completion and corrections and QUIZZES will be 25% of your total grade. Late homework can be turned in for 50% credit if it is submitted before the next test. After that, it will be recorded as a zero.

A+ 100 B+ 92 C+ 84 D+ 74 A 94-99 B 86-91 C 76-83 D 71-73 F 0-69 A- 93 B- 85 C- 75 D- 70

**RESPONSIBILITIES**

1. The teacher has the responsibility to provide instruction, grade assignments quickly, communicate with parents and maintain an orderly classroom. You and your parents will receive an e-mail progress report after

**EACH**test.

Pre-College Algebra is correlated to the standards set by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

**2.**The STUDENT has the responsibility to complete AND correct assignments, ask for help when needed and respect the rights of others during class. You should get missing assignments on RenWeb and complete them as soon as possible after returning to school.

**There will be NO individual extra credit.**Just do your work!

3. You need to do well in this class so you will be able to improve your ACT score and so that you will be able to take College Algebra as a credit course during your freshman year of college.

4. TAKE NOTES and work EXAMPLES during class. Pay attention and practice the new skills you are taught.

5. USE you time in class to correct mistakes, ask for help and then to get as much of your assignment done in class as possible.

6. LEARN FROM YOUR MISTAKES-this is a life skill that you must learn to be successful in any area of life.

**7.**

**REVIEW the new skills by following the 10-24-7 plan.**

a. Practice the new skill within 10 minutes of learning it-WORK ON YOUR HOMEWORK DURING CLASS

b. Review the skill with 24 hours-COMPLETE YOUR HOMEWORK AND THE REVIEW PROBLEMS on the next day

c. Continue your review within 7 days-STAY READY FOR QUIZZES AND TESTS