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# Thaddeus Tuneworth'sAchievements

#### Wood League

 Three Shall be the Number pass a skills quiz for three topics Jack of All Trades attempt every skill quiz
 The Fifth Element pass a skills quiz for five topics Smelled Like...Victory earn 65% or more on the final exam
 Skills to Pay the Bills pass a skills quiz for all but one topic I am so smart! S-M-R-T! earn all other Wood League achievements earn a D in the class

Math 25 covers eight topics: patterns, health, kitchen, typicality, interest, investing, pricing, and likelihood.

For each topic there is a skills quiz that tests your ability do follow procedures that mimic sample problems. Can you plug numbers into a formula? Can you follow a step-by-step process to turn a word problem into a proportion and then find the answer? And so forth.

Passing a skills quiz requires getting 80% of the problems correct. You can attempt a quiz each class. These attempts can be either taking a quiz for the first time or retaking a new version of a quiz you already attempted. (You may also do extra attempts during instructor office hours.)

Skills are the foundation for each topic. Learning most of them is great and should be acknowledged! If you can follow procedures your effort is not completely failing. But procedures alone will not be enough to support you in your next math class or in improving your career potential.

#### Bronze League

 Turtles All the Way Down pass a skills quiz for all eight topics Dynamic Duo pass a concepts task for two topics
 Wrecking Ball score 100% on two skill quizzes Safety Dance earn all Wood and all other Bronze League achievements earn a C in the class

For each topic there is also a concepts task that tests your ability do use and communicate deductive reasoning. Can you write about how a word problem applies to a broader real-life situation? Can you solve a word problem that requires using more than one skill in a way that does not mimic an example problem?

Earning a C shows that you can use the skills for all topics and deeply understand at least two topics. You are prepared to move on. You can expect what you learned to be of help in your next math class or in a career.

Moving up from a grade of D to C requires the last skills quiz, two concepts tasks, and two perfect skill quizzes. Usually the concept quizzzes and perfect skill quizzes will be from the same topics but this is not required.

#### Silver League

 Law of Fives pass a concepts task for five topics And That's The Way It Is do one article report
 Above Reproach earn 75% or more on the final exam Ahead of the Curve earn all Bronze and all other Silver League achievements earn a B in the class

Earning a B shows that you are proficient in all skills, deeply understand most concepts, and you can discuss other people's math. You are noticeably above average. Future teachers and employers look forward to this type of person.

Moving up from a grade of C to B requires three more concepts tasks, an article report, and a slightly higher final exam score.

#### Gold League

 Re Mi Do Do So pass the skills quiz and concepts task for the Patterns topic Got My Mind On My Money pass the skills quiz and concepts task for the Interest topic
 The Doctor is In pass the skills quiz and concepts task for the Health topic Going To Need A Bigger Bag pass the skills quiz and concepts task for the Investing topic
 Nom Nom Nom pass the skills quiz and concepts task for the Kitchen topic Peddle to the Medal pass the skills quiz and concepts task for the Pricing topic
 You Are All Individuals pass the skills quiz and concepts task for the Typicality topic Dice of Many Faces pass the skills quiz and concepts task for the Likelihood topic
 More Details Just Arrived do two article reports That's Not a Moon complete and present a project
 Power Overwhelming earn all Silver League achievements and pass a concepts task for all but one topic I Can't Hear You Over the Sound of How Awesome I Am earn More Details Just Arrived, That's Not a Moon, and Power Overwhelming earn an A in the class

Earning an A shows that you are proficient in all skills and nearly all concepts, and you can not only discuss other people's math but also create and present using our math topics in an original and practical way.

Moving up from a grade of B to A usually requires two more concept quizzes, one more article report, and a project that includes both a written portion and a class presentation. Although it appears that Gold League has many requirements, at least half will already be completed when you finish Silver League.

#### Emerald League

The next set of achievements are different. They do not assess your ability to use math. Instead they record how engaged you were with the class.

If you earn only 4 or fewer of the Emerald League achievements then your letter grade gets a minus to show you were minimally engaged in the class.

If you earn 8 or more of the Emerald League achievements then your letter grade gets a plus to show you were very engaged in the class.

 The Danger Zone turn in half the homework assignments on time Anyone? Anyone? do four problems on the board during class
 Ludicrous Speed turn in all the homework assignments on time I Love It When a Plan Comes Together for four topics turn in a post-quiz study plan
 Time Capsule turn in written syllabus quiz, discussion of cores, and end-of-term reflection Swiss Army Knife for four topics turn in a page of notes with all 8 characteristics of well-written notes
 Habit Builder write a study skill reflection about all eight study-skill topics Handwriting Analysis for four topics turn in a page of homework with all 16 characteristics of well-written problems
 Spelunker find two new online videos explaining our math topics Actively Healthy attend more than 80% of classes
 Goldboss turn in six practice finals Field Photographer turn in photos of three study groups you attended
 What a Long Strange Trip It's Been earn eight other Emerald League achievements earn a + in the class An Awfully Big Adventure earn every other Emerald League achievements

Using + and − this way is useful to tell future teachers and employers about your dedication as well as your ability to use math.

I believe Robert Talbert first had the idea to use + and − to emphasize student engagement.

#### Feats of Fun

These achievements do not affect your grade. They exist because it is fun to complete achievements and earn stars!

 3 Minutes of Fame do a problem on the board during class Team Player attend a study group outside of class
 Stand-Up Act present your project before finishing the written portion Someone's Got My Back visit the MRC, CAR, and TRiO
 Just a Flesh Wound pass a quiz you previously failed Now I Am the Master pass all sixteen quizzes
 Doesn't Go to Eleven score 100% on a quiz This Isn't Even My Final Form score 100% on eight quizzes during the first eight weeks of the term

#### Feats of Strength

These achievements have special rewards.

 These Go to Eleven get more than enough problems to earn 100% correct on the final exam this achievement can count as any other! Hero of the Realm earn every other achievement You may have your name in the appropriate "trophy case" bulletin board in the math division