Carrie Corbin







Welcome to 8.1 AND 8.2.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with your questions or concerns.


Welcome parents and students.

I teach Math and Science to 8.1 and 8.2. The homeroom of 8.1 is with me.

My habit is to publish most update type information in google classroom. You can email me for the codes, which were sent to all parents and students by email in early December. The updates are crucial if your son or daughter is away.


Our Typical Routines for Math/Sci/Homeroom:



Students can do retests if they show me they've studied and fixed any misunderstandings etc. I don't do requizzes - once a unit is good enough. Students doing this more than once a term will need to look at what they are doing: something bigger is happening and we often find a parent conversation will help stop a pattern that could be harmful.

I usually offer retests on Fridays in Learning Strats. (of course if it's physically impossible we can talk).



Students are expected to hand in corrections to all quizzes and tests. They are given time in class to finish these. If they do a good job and get 5/5, it brings up their average. To get 5, they need to show they've actually taken the time to learn what went wrong and fix it. They are given until Friday to hand it in: if I return their tests on Wed or Thurs, they are given until Friday the NEXT week.



Sadly, our high schools are set up with quizzes and tests composing 50 to 100% of the assessment. They do this for many reasons: it's practical, individual, less likely to involve plagiarism or students relying on another person to do it all, and it's easy to assess. It's also used extensively in universities all over the world. So we use about 50% of the student grade to compose their mark. At least I try not to rely on multiple choice all the time.

The other 50% comes from a mix of activities: lab experiments, text book questions and answers, group projects, and more. There is some formative work too - I look over their work in class and use it to give feedback and to reinforce topics or jump ahead. I also make a point of giving some challenge questions and some flexibility in choosing their questions - when I can. I don't do this all the time. It's just not feasible 100% of the time.


PARENT CONNECTION: you can email me with comments, concerns, questions, etc. You can also ask for a meeting with me and your son or daughter, if needed. They should bring their binders for their subjects with me. Speaking of their assignments in generalities is all very well, but actual examples are much better.


EXTRA HELP: I am in the classroom at lunch on Mondays and Wednesdays. Sometimes I have supervision or a meeting. In those cases I try to be available Tuesday lunch.


BEST WAY TO CONTACT: email is best. I try to respond within a day and a half. Sometimes something has happened like I"ve been ill. I might not respond quickly then. Or your email may have gotten misplaced somehow. I am not perfect and I ask for your understanding of this, and I will understand that you also are human. So just email me again. :)

Parent Tips

SLEEP: I recommend your son or daughter gets 9 hours a night. There are exceptions. Kids are excellent at pretending they are sleeping: are they on their smart phone in the night?


FOOD: I recommend no fruit juice in lunch kits. Fruit is better. I also recommend lower carb lunches - kids often struggle with the carb high after lunch, followed by the crash in last period.


PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: I hope each student is getting 1 hour of vigorous exercise a day, or at least 4 a week.


FRIENDS: This varies so much. I suggest each student has a variety of friends and that you as a parent monitor the quality of their exchanges from afar (or up close if it looks seriously unhealthy). Frenemies are common at any age; it can impact them severely. I encourage you to talk with them about how they choose friends: is it who will make them look good by being lesser? Is it who will help them do reasonably in school? Is it somebody caring and respectful? Is it somebody who gloms onto them and uses them? As you know, conscious, sensitive choices about friends can really help people.


SCREEN TIME: I recommend you minimize this as much as possible. I know you probably have busy lives and sometimes a bit of quiet while he/she watches a movie really helps you. But let's reduce anxiety, depression, poor social skills, etc etc by reducing screen time. It's proven effective. Positive constructive interactions with people close to your child are the best way you can help them. That can be you, or you and a combination of other people (trustworthy). At the very least, I suggest you always have meals with no tech (including yourselves!) and an hour of interaction with your child yourself. Our society does not make it easy to do this, but we don't always just follow along with what our society dictates, do we? :)

Also, violent video games, movies, or other destructive interactions set up a pattern of adversarial and anti-authoritarian thinking in ourselves and our kids. This works directly against their teachers and parents, and then against the quality of their own learning. I recommend you limit this - or totally prevent it. While I do believe it's healthy in a democratic society to question authority and reject imposed restrictions and limits, sometimes kids go too far.


HOMEWORK: if your child is complaining about too much homework in Math or Science, something is wrong. Email me! He or she is given lots of time in class. I always check they are on track and circulate to ensure their questions and problems are addressed. Some kids get tempted into wasting time - and hide it very well when I am near. Too much homework could be a sign of that.... or some other difficulty. Let's talk.

Homework before a quiz should consist of 15 minutes a night for four nights during the week before the quiz. Any students saying they need more are experiencing some kind of difficulty. Let's talk.


POSITIVE INTERACTIONS: some experts say that people work best when there are 5 positive interactions for every 1 constructive criticism. Some people are more sensitive and need more, or could just need more during a certain period of their lives. I encourage you to be firm, have boundaries and standards, but at the same time notice (and randomly reward occasionally) the good stuff going on, especially efforts in areas they struggle in. That goes for all the people in their lives: friends, family, relatives, coaches, etc. I try to do this with your son or daughter, and am not perfect with it - it's hard when I'm tired or grumpy as for anybody!



I host or facilitate the Engineering club (open to any student) - as I am a Mechanical Engineer, and the NASA club (by invitation only). These are Wednesday at lunch.


Again, I can be reached at:

Document Actions
Filed under: , , , , ,