Welcome to Mx. Irwin's Class!

  • These high school math courses are advanced content for middle schoolers.  In order for this class to run smoothly we must work together and follow all classroom procedures.

    • Be prepared – come to class with all required materials and homework completed
    • Be on time – in your seat and ready to work when the bell rings
    • Be respectful – to everyone and everything in the class. This includes listening carefully to your peers’ ideas and responding respectfully.
    • Be responsible – ask questions and try your hardest
    • Be accountable – follow all the school and classroom rules and understand the consequences.
    • Be positive – develop an attitude that promotes learning in our classroom.

    The Math Practice Standards were referenced the first week of school, and an activity helped each class engage with them. Please refer back to them often!

  • Now that we are using letters in our maths, you are encouraged to use a calculator for the numbers. If you own a basic, scientific, or graphing calculator, you may bring it to class for daily use. Information about district-approved calculators for testing is on the WCSD website HERE.

    A few additional tools you can use to check your own work:
    WolframAlpha is an online knowledge engine that you can type problems into and generate solutions.
    PhotoMath is an app for iPhone and Android that takes a picture of a math problem and generates a possible solution.
               - Be careful with this one, sometimes the camera doesn't read the problems correctly!
    Desmos is a free online graphing calculator that takes your two-variable equations and turns them into graphs.

    Remember that you will still need to show your work! Don't just use these tools to copy the right answer, use them to help you work out your own answers!

  • “There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”  – T. H. White