Ruiz, Amberly (Math: Math Specialist, Pre-Algebra)

Hello Spartans!

This is my third year teaching at Northland Preparatory Academy – I love teaching math! I’m originally from Southern California but moved to Flagstaff six years ago in hopes of experiencing all four seasons – and I have loved it so far. I graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with concentrations in Middle School/High School Mathematics and Spanish. I am also currently completing my Master’s degree in Educational Technology.

My office hours for Pre-Algebra is Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday on Zoom from 1-2pm and highly encourage students to meet with me to answer questions, provide remediation, and to help further assist learning. Please visit our Google Classroom to access that Zoom link.

My office hours for Math Tutoring are Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday 2-4pm and encourage students to reach out to myself or your Math teacher to schedule a one-on-one appointment. Please visit the “Tutoring” course tab below to get more information on this tutoring service.

Please feel free to contact me via email at aruiz@northlandprep.org

Thank you,

Ms. Ruiz

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morePre-Algebra 1st Period

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Hello there 1st Period!


In this course tab, you will find important information pertaining to Pre-Algebra, such as: lesson PowerPoints, activities, homework, the class calendar, and online math resources. If a student is absent, or an upcoming absence is scheduled, please refer to the calendar so that they may catch up on the missed material. It is my goal to have the calendar filled at least one week in advance. Weekly Rollouts/Schedules will be uploaded to the Google Classroom by Friday evening of the week prior to provide ample time for time scheduling and management. If there is any information missing in this course tab or calendar, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.


Meeting Schedule: Monday/Thursday at 9am


Why Pre-Algebra?


It’s not just because you were magically placed in this class (although I’m glad you were!). The purpose of Pre-Algebra is to prepare a student for success in Algebra 1 and then transition to upper-level Math…and hopefully, interest you in pursuing a career in Mathematics (believe it or not, much of the material in Pre-Algebra is applicable to almost all careers and daily life). Without a good foundation in Pre-Algebra, a student may suffer academically for the remaining years that they take upper-level Math courses. Pre-Algebra is everything about numbers that fall between the basic four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), Algebra, basic life Math skills, probability and strategy, as well as some Geometry. It includes the study of the number system, decimals, fractions, and integers among others. Skills developed in Pre-Algebra help students develop their own sense of critical thinking, good analytical skills, basic math skills useful in life, in addition to algebraic skills. Having a good sense of these skills will be helpful as students move forward in their future Math courses, educational careers, and while in the working field. Pre-Algebra concepts come in handy in real-life as well – it helps in calculating bills, shopping, and other such routine tasks.


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morePre-Algebra 7th Period

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Hello there 7th Period!


In this course tab, you will find important information pertaining to Pre-Algebra, such as: lesson PowerPoints, activities, homework, the class calendar, and online math resources. If a student is absent, or an upcoming absence is scheduled, please refer to the calendar so that they may catch up on the missed material. It is my goal to have the calendar filled at least two weeks in advance; however, just as I show compassion towards students, I ask that of you for me as well. Weekly Roll-Outs/Schedule will be uploaded to the Google Classroom by Friday evening the week prior, to provide ample time for family scheduling. If there is any information missing in this course tab or calendar, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.


Meeting Schedule: Tuesday/Friday at 11am


Why Pre-Algebra?


It’s not just because you were magically placed in this class (although I’m glad you were!). The purpose of Pre-Algebra is to prepare a student for success in Algebra 1 and then transition to upper-level Math…and hopefully, interest you in pursuing a career in Mathematics (believe it or not, much of the material herein Pre-Algebra is applicable to almost all careers and daily life). Without a good foundation in Pre-Algebra, a student may suffer academically for the remaining years that they take upper-level Math courses. Pre-Algebra is everything about numbers that fall between the basic four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division), Algebra, basic like Math skills, probability and strategy, as well as some Geometry. It includes the study of the number system, decimals, fractions, and integers among others. Skills developed in Pre-Algebra help students develop their own sense of critical thinking, good analytical skills, basic math skills useful in life, in addition to algebraic skills. Having a good sense of these skills will be helpful as students move forward in their future Math courses, educational careers, and while in the working field. Pre-Algebra concepts come in handy in real-life as well – it helps in calculating bills, shopping, and other such routine tasks.


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moreILS 4th Period

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Meeting Schedule: Tuesday/Friday at 8am


ILS stands for Integrated Learning Strategies. This period is designed to give students time to complete academic work assigned in other classes. I, as the teacher, will provide students with additional academic assistance, academic monitoring, and organizational support. In addition, this ILS time is also designed to be a general check-in with each individual student, allow students to provide support to each other, as well as allow the student to build on their social-emotional skills.


An ILS is the first intervention towards supporting student success and providing the necessary assistance in order to ensure students are not only achieving but exceeding student expectations. This period is designed to help keep students on track with their academic success and workload. Students are expected to take responsibility for their education.


Classroom Expectations



  • Maintain a quiet, library-like environment

  • Use this time wisely

  • Actively use and refer to calendars/agenda/rollouts

  • Complete assignment from their courses

  • Develop social-emotional skills necessary for overall individual success

  • Students are expected to keep track of their own daily assignments. Students who have any missing assignments will be expected to work on their listed missing assignment(s) during this class period – missing assignments, unless otherwise noted by the assigning teacher, have higher priority than those recently assigned.


Google Calendar:

moreILS 5th Period

Description:

Meeting Schedule: Tuesday/Friday at 9am


ILS stands for Integrated Learning Strategies. This period is designed to give students time to complete academic work assigned in other classes. I, as the teacher, will provide students with additional academic assistance, academic monitoring, and organizational support. In addition, this ILS time is also designed to be a general check-in with each individual student, allow students to provide support to each other, as well as allow the student to build on their social-emotional skills.


An ILS is the first intervention towards supporting student success and providing the necessary assistance in order to ensure students are not only achieving but exceeding student expectations. This period is designed to help keep students on track with their academic success and workload. Students are expected to take responsibility for their education.


Classroom Expectations



  • Maintain a quiet, library-like environment

  • Use this time wisely

  • Actively use and refer to calendars/agenda/rollouts

  • Complete assignment from their courses

  • Develop social-emotional skills necessary for overall individual success

  • Students are expected to keep track of their own daily assignments. Students who have any missing assignments will be expected to work on their listed missing assignment(s) during this class period – missing assignments, unless otherwise noted by the assigning teacher, have higher priority than those recently assigned.


Google Calendar:

moreTutoring

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Change to tutoring time slots: Starting after Thanksgiving break, sessions are 30-minutes and no longer 20-minute


Schedule a 30-minute Math Tutoring session


Online Math Tutoring Information


As the in-hour Math tutor, I am available to provide additional Mathematical assistance.  I remain in constant communication with fellow Math teachers to ensure we can provide additional support services outside of their scheduled Math class.  With possible arisen concerns regarding a student’s Math performance, a Math teacher will speak with me as well as speak with the individual student (and any involved adults), and together we will schedule an online tutoring time via Zoom.  This tutoring time is to go over the material being taught in class, homework assignments, or work on areas where the student needs the most help.  Although I am provided the names of in-need Math students directly from teachers, a student may reach out to me on their own if they feel like they could benefit from additional Math help that their teacher may not have observed.


As a way to provide individualized remediation for students, I prefer to provide one-on-one support.  However, there are some occasions where it is best to hold a Math session of more than one student (such as a review for an upcoming test).  Generally, students are scheduled for Math sessions weekly and will be reminded about their upcoming tutoring session 24-hours prior via their student @my.northlandprep.org email address.  To make the most of our math session, please come with questions, homework, and/or assignments needing to be completed.  All tutoring sessions are held via Zoom, will be recorded for future reference if necessary, and will be in 30-minute increments.