Welcome to Mr. Kleinberg's class!

Hello, my name is Tom Kleinberg. This will be my 8th year working in the Pickens County School System and my 5th year teaching 6th grade math. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education from Kennesaw State University with an emphasis in Mathematics and Social Studies. I am also certified to teach Special Education.  I was voted the 2017-18 Jasper Middle School Teacher of the Year.   I also am the head coach for the Pickens Junior High School volleyball team.

With Tammy Duncan, I developed and implemented Standards-Based Grading and Personalized Learning Programs for Pickens County Schools. We presented both of these programs to The Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics Conference in October 2018. 

My wife, Mary, is a Speech Therapist for the Pickens County School System. We have two daughters, Tori, who is a Junior at PHS, and Addi, who is in 8th grade at PJHS. I look forward to the 2020-2021 school year and working with you and your child.

Welcome

Welcome Video


6th Grade / Team 6A Daily Schedule 2020 - 21

7:50 – 8:30  Homeroom

8:35 – 10:00  1st Block- Connections 

10:00 - 11:30 2nd Block

11:30 -12:15 3rd Block

12:15 - 12:55 Lunch Recess

1:00 - 1:45 3rd Block Continued

1:45 - 3:15 4th Block

3:15 - 3:30 Extended Learning Time

 

 


Email:

tomkleinberg@pickenscountyschools.org

 

 

 

 

 

2nd Block-Honors Math

 


Important Dates: 

**PLEASE NOTE: lesson plans are subject to change based on student understanding of the concepts presented.

*Completion of a quiz/test is based on student readiness but must be completed by the due date.

 

 

 

 

 

3rd Block-Math

 


Important Dates: 

**PLEASE NOTE: lesson plans are subject to change based on student understanding of the concepts presented.

*Completion of a quiz/test is based on student readiness but must be completed by the due date.

 

 

 

 

 

4th Block-Honors Math

 


Important Dates: 

**PLEASE NOTE: lesson plans are subject to change based on student understanding of the concepts presented.

*Completion of a quiz/test is based on student readiness but must be completed by the due date.

 

 

 


 

 

 

Important Websites


IXL

Username: Initials & Lunch Number@jasperms

Example:    TK12345@jasperms

Password:  06Initials & Lunch Number

Example:    06TK12345

 

USA Test Prep

Account ID:  Jasper17

Username:    Initials & Lunch Number

Example:      TK12345

Password:    06Initials & Lunch Number

Example:     06TK122345

 

Infinite Campus

Login:           Lunch Number

Example:      12345

Password:       Initials Date of Birth(No Capital letters)

Example:       tk062971

 

Weekly Reviews

As a class, we have discussed the expectations of how to complete this assignment (attempt each question, show all work, complete in pencil only, square paper). There are 8-9 questions per day to be completed, and the questions should not take a lot of time to complete.  Students will have some time in class to work on the questions; however, if not completed in class the questions should be finished at home.  Each day students will have the opportunity to correct their mistakes when we check and correct the previous day's review. On Fridays, students will be allowed to use the corrected work to complete a short quiz over the same questions we discussed throughout the week during class. Students will receive a paper copy each week.  A digital copy will be posted in their Google Classroom.

 

 

Standards-Based / Personalized Learning



Math classes this year will have standards-based assessments utilizing a more personalized learning experience.  Students are held to high expectations and are responsible for their continued learning.  Math is taught through a variety of models, some direct instruction, some student-led, and some interactive real-time technology programs.

What is Standards-Based Learning / Grading?

Standards-based brings a new depth of understanding to grades and places importance on what students learn over how much work students do. Standards-based describes student progress in relation to standards, allowing students to recognize both strength and growth areas. A student can demonstrate mastery of a set of standards and move on to a more challenging set of standards.

How are grades earned?

Standards-based grading brings a new depth of understanding to grades and places importance on what students learn over how much work students do. Standards-based grading describes student progress in relation to standards, allowing students to recognize both strength and growth areas. A student can demonstrate mastery of a set of standards and move on to a more challenging set of standards.

Unlike traditional grading systems that average grades, a standards-based grading system measures a student’s mastery of standards by prioritizing the most recent, consistent level of performance. Thus a student who may have struggled at the beginning of the unit may still be able to demonstrate mastery of the content/concepts by the end of the unit.  

Unlike traditional grading systems that average grades, a standards-based grading system measures a student’s mastery of standards by prioritizing the most recent, consistent level of performance. Thus, a student who may have struggled at the beginning of the unit may still be able to demonstrate mastery of the standard by the end of the unit.  Students are offered multiple opportunities and ways through which to demonstrate proficiency/mastery and earn a higher grade.

Since the goal of standards-based is to determine a student’s mastery of standards, students have the opportunity to improve a low quiz grade. If students can demonstrate they’ve reached a higher level of mastery, the new, higher TEST grade replaces the low QUIZ grade they earned initially. It is imperative that students practice the standard prior to taking the test. 

Students will be given an assignment sheet divided by standards for each unit of study.  These are kept in the classroom in student folders.  Using these sheets, students monitor their own progress toward the mastery of the specific standard and determine goals for how to improve their scores.

Each standard will be assessed using a quiz and a test.  The initial quiz grade will be entered into Infinite Campus for parents/guardians to view.  However, the highest level of mastery (quiz, test, or the remediation grade - green dot) will be the final grade entered in Infinite Campus at the end of the unit.  

 Each grade in Infinite Campus will be referenced by the standard number (ex. MGSE6.NS.1 – which stands for Math, Georgia Standards of Excellence, Grade 6, Number System Fluency, standard #1).  The highest grade for each standard will be averaged for a Unit Summative Grade (test grade).

If the quiz AND test grade are both low, how can my student earn a higher grade on a standard?

 If students score below what is acceptable, they still have the opportunity to improve the grade for that standard by earning a green dot on USATest Prep.  There will be deadlines for standards to be completed; however, students can still work on previous standards to improve their grades until the end of the semester.