Welcome To My Math Class

What you will be learning this year in Mathematics:

Year at Glance


We use technology every day in this class.

Why should you be learning all of this material? :
1. This material is important because you will be applying it to real life.
2. We will be using examples of real things that you may or may not have already done in your life.
How will you be learning this material? :
1. Through fun lessons that keep you involved.
2. You will have notes to take, but you will also be doing projects, to help you and your fellow students.
3. Daily homework assignments will also be given in order for you to practice those days material and so that you may reflect on what you learned.
4. Some of the projects will be done in groups, as well as some of the in class activities. I want you to be able to figure some things out for yourselves using prior knowledge and knowledge that you have gained in this class.
Optional supplies that you will need for the year:
1.  Two pencils and one red ink pen.
2.  Two-Grid Notebooks for notes and homework.
3.  Two  2 Pocket with Prongs Paper Portfolio for your homework, and other class papers.
4.  Your Mathematics books.
5.  Two dry-erase markers
Grading policy
Grading policy is subject to requirements quoted in the LISD handbooks.

Grading is not about a number; but instead, is an assessment of what the student learned about the curriculum being taught.

Formative Assessments:      50%

The average of all Formative Assessments will be counted as 50% of your six -weeks grade.

  • Formal Assessments: (CBAs, STAAR)
  • Informal Assessments: (Weekly Exams, Pre-Tests, Ongoing Assessments, Cumulative Tests).     

 Tests will fall every Friday.

Summative Assessments: 50%

  • Daily Work: (Participation, Quizzes, Classwork, Warm-Ups, Exit Slips, Drills, Problem of the Day, and other small assignments)
  • Homework

The average of all daily work [Summative Assessments] (Drills/DCR, homework, and assignments) will be counted as 50% of your six- weeks grade.

Make Up/ Late Work will have a 50% of the value of the assignment (unless a legitimate illness).    

Missing Assignments are automatically assessed at a score of 0

Quizzes may be administered at any time and may or may not be announced.
All tests and quizzes must be corrected and placed in your binder by the following Monday. Corrected Math binders will be checked at this time as well.
Homework assignments are posted on Ms. Garcia’s blog and will be turned in at the beginning of the next class.
Your six – weeks Math binder has a weight of a test grade each time that it is checked. It will be checked at the end of every six weeks.
A maximum of 100 pts. may be gained on each daily assignment with regard to percent correct and complete.
A maximum of 100 pts. may be gained on each test assignment.
Any assignment not received at collection but still on that same day will be reduced by 10 points.
Any assignment received the following day will be reduced by 50 points.
All work will be completed satisfactorily at my discretion.
My grading policy is subject to change according to the policy of the School District.
Grading Scale:
A 90-00 Excellent
B 80-89 Very good
C 70-79 Satisfactory
D 60-69 Inconsistent
E 0-59 Unsatisfactory
Attendance Policy:
Regular school attendance is essential for the student to make the most of his/her education-to benefit from teacher-led activities, to build each day’s learning on the previous days, and to grow as an individual.
Attendance is important. You’re in class every day to learn, keep up with class assignments, pass your classes, and prepare for state mandated tests.
A student is required to attend all class meetings. If a class is missed the student is held responsible for the full requirements of the class.
Students lose credit automatically after the 8th absence (excused or unexcused. There is no distinction between an excused and an unexcused absence. Both will be counted equally.
 Please be aware of two very important rules:
* A student absent from school for any reason, upon returning school, must bring a note signed by the parent that describes the reason for the absence. An absence slip will be required to return to class.
* The student has to make up work missed due to any absence within two school days.


* The student should be prepared to turn-in the homework and other assignment(s) upon returning to school



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Bathroom Policy:

If you have to go to the bathroom, you must raise your hand and ask to do so. You must sign the Sign In/Sign Out notebook and get a pass before you leave the room (one boy and one girl at a time). You will not be allowed to leave the room during the first 10 minutes or last 10 minutes of a period. You will not be allowed to leave during the 1st and 6th periods.

——– Make your education a top priority.———-


I firmly believe that most people can be successful in school and that the amount of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice is what separates those who are successful from those who are not.

      If you are absent, you want to get the assignments and notes as fast as you can. If you can, call your classmates and ask them for the assignments. If you can’t call anyone, you should ask your  classmates for the work in the morning on the day that you get back.
This site is NOT meant to be a replacement for lessons taught or activities done in class. 

“There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” – Colin Powell


Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to my Math Blog where you will find some of the different activities we do in class daily.
This year many students of Memorial Middle School are taking their Math lessons with me. This is an exciting experience for all of us and we hope to learn and have fun at the same time.
It is my ultimate goal to help students understand and like the Math subject.
I hope this site helps you understand what we do in class every day. Please do not hesitate to ask me questions or to suggest changes to my blog.
See you around,
Ms. Garcia 

Do you need help with a topic that is not on this site?
Would you like this site to provide a link that has been helpful to you?
Is there a link that does not work properly?
Do you have other questions/concerns?
If so, please e-mail me at mggarcia042@laredoisd.org


I want to make a difference

… that’s why I wanted to teach.

Not for fame or fortune or glory, no, that’s not it at all.

I teach because …

I want to make a difference.

I teach because I want to be that one adult in a student’s life that they can look to for advice, for guidance, for praise, for inspiration.

I teach because I care,

and don’t you dare let anyone else convince you otherwise.

Mrs. Garcia

Don’t Miss Class!

A quality education can only be obtained through daily student attendance, which will always be enforced.
Dr. Sylvia G. Rios
LISD Superintendent of Schools


Too many absences excused or unexcused
can keep students from succeeding in school and in life.

A serious attendance problem often begins with a few unexcused absences.

All the research studies carried out show that dropout patterns were linked with poor attendance,

Every day counts!

There is no substitute for being present.

Student Code of Conduct – Laredo Independent School District

“For any class missed, the teacher must assign the student make-up work based on the instructional objectives for the subject or course and the needs of the individual student in mastering the essential knowledge and skills or in meeting subject or course requirements.”

“The student will be responsible for obtaining and completing the make-up work in a satisfactory manner and within the time specified by the teacher.”

“A student who does not make up assigned work within the time allotted by the teacher will receive a grade of zero for the assignment.”

In my teaching blog, you can find the explanations of all the topics of the math 7th program. There are also hundreds of videos with ready-made lessons and more than 1000 interactive quizzes with extensive practice questions to practice the different type problems corresponding to math 7th.

In the winter season, it is common for some students to become ill and miss class. Taking this into account, in October, November, and December, we will cover the theoretical part of all the topics that we will study in the winter season.

If any of you get sick and cannot attend class, please let me know and I will indicate the topics and videos you should study in my blog, and the corresponding the interactive worksheets, drills, and exercises you should do. If you have any additional questions I will gladly answer them via Skype.

Weekly Practice


Expressions 1
Expressions 2
Expressions 3
Expressions 4
Expressions 5
Expressions 6
Expressions 7

Scientific notation

Scientific Notation 1
Scientific Notation 2
Scientific Notation 3
Scientific Notation 4


Cone 1
Cone 2


Sphere 1
Sphere 2


Proportions 1
Proportions 2


Cube 1
Cube 2
Cube 3
Cube 4
Cube 5
Cube 6



I am sorry I could not go to work lately. I hope see you soon.

You can practice solving by yourself the following quizzes.  If you have any doubt about how to solve any question, please ask me.

Rectangular Prism 1
Rectangular Prism 2
Rectangular Prism 3


Triangular Prism 1
Triangular Prism 2
Triangular Prism 3
Triangular Prism 4
Triangular Prism 5


Sphere 1
Sphere 2


Cylinder 1
Cylinder 2


Cone 1
Cone 2



Proportions 1
Proportions 2


Equations 1
Equations 2
Equations 3
Equations 4
Equations 5
Equations 6
Equations 7
Equations 8


Similar Figures 1
Similar Figures 2
Similar Figures 3
Similar Figures 4
Similar Figures 5
Similar Figures 6
Similar Figures 7
Similar Figures 8
Similar Figures 9




Scientific Notation 1
Scientific Notation 2
Scientific Notation 3
Scientific Notation 4


Overindulgent Parents, Underachieving Children

As a teacher, I have always believed that our mission transcends the task of simply transmitting knowledge, and calls upon us to give children the means to succeed in life. I also believe that we should not limit ourselves to teaching our students the standard curriculum in Math, Science, and English, but should also give them the tools to be effective parents themselves when the time comes.

Regrettably, no one teaches us how to be parents, and when the time comes, we often confront the challenge by improvising and learning on the job from our repeated mistakes. As parents, we often go to one extreme or the other: We become overprotective of our children or give them too little protection. This leads to some kids being shielded from all their responsibilities and being unable to do anything on their own, and others being left to fend for themselves in the absence of any supervision. Good parenting requires us to strike a balance between protecting them and letting them discover the world on their own.

One of the major problems that I have encountered as a teacher is that of overindulgent parents, who—in their desire to protect their children—keep them in their comfort zone; this ends up sabotaging their academic achievement. I know from experience that there are some parents who often do their children’s homework, and other academic work because the youngsters are unable to understand the concepts in the work sent home by the teachers for further study. Worse still, since the teachers are under the impression that the students have already mastered the concepts, they do not schedule any further review of the topic. This does not help our students; it has the opposite effect because it encourages irresponsibility and deceit. These habits will, in the long run, end up hindering the chances of academic success.

Several research studies show that there is a link between overindulgent parents and deviant behaviors such as drug use, underage drinking, pregnant teens and affective disorders.

As teachers, we must contend with the myriad of excuses that parents give to explain why their children did not do their homework; some excuses are very creative, but most are very run-of-the-mill. Parents often make excuses to explain their children’s absence from class—such as medical appointments, family illness, unavoidable social gatherings.  Parents should understand that by doing this they are not helping their children, on the contrary, they are hurting their children’s development. Every kid must learn to take responsibility for his own assignments.

Excuses are for losers

There is a proven recipe for success that I would like to share with you:
Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time. Arnold H. Glasow


10 Rules for Raising Delinquent Children



“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”

Nelson Mandela,


During the next days I’ll give advice in math to eighth graders.
Please see my other blog:
Ms Garcia Math 8.edublogs.org 

My goal for the next days is to only address concepts that have not been taught to you and to revise and reinforce your knowledge before taking STAAR 8th Grade Math RETEST.

It is my goal with this review to help you do the best that you can, given the scarce time that you’ve got to work with.

STUDENTS: Please do not make medical or dental appointments during these days. School attendance is essential to academic success.

PARENTS: Lamar students and teachers are continuing to work hard to prepare for STAAR. I know many parents are working with their children in conjunction with the classroom teacher.  Your contribution of time and patience are appreciated.

The way to get started is to stop talking and begin doing.

             suma Basic Math Skills Review





Pre Test     and     Math Review


“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'” – Muhammad Ali

Extra tutorial classes-

Bridge the gap to Success

What you want to do with your life?

The only way to get started is to stop talking and begin doing.


“If we wait until we’re ready, we’ll be waiting for the rest of our lives.”

  1. Snicket


If you have suggestions, or notice errors, please let me know. Thanks!   MsGarciaGrades@gmail.com





Date:  April 9, 2019      Math STAAR (will have a four-hour time limit).

Test questions for all grade levels can be found on TEA’s website,



During the next days, we will be preparing for the upcoming STAAR exam.

My goal for the next days is to revise and reinforce your knowledge before taking STAAR  Grade Math Test.

It is my goal with this review to help you do the best you can, given the scarce time that we’ve got to work with.

STUDENTS: Please do not make medical or dental appointments during these days. School attendance is essential to academic success.

PARENTS: Lamar students and teachers are continuing to work hard to prepare for STAAR. I know many parents are working with their children in conjunction with the classroom teacher. Your contribution of time and patience are appreciated. 

If your child needs help in my class please encourage them to set up a time for tutoring. I offer free after-school tutoring.

I’ll start by telling you something you don’t have to know in middle school:

What do you want to do with your life?

Recently, I was watching the following statistics from Australia:

In a typical group of 100 teenagers, at normal retirement age (65 years):

Pastel   1 will be rich

   8 will be independent

   9 will be still working

  28 will be dead

  54 will be broke, dependent on government or charity


I don’t know what is the statistics in USA, but from my own experience I think is very similar.

The first of all the  success factors is education.








The only way to get started is to stop talking and begin doing.

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'” – Muhammad Ali

dont quit





 You can use the following tests to practice the different concepts of mathematics that will include the next exam.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

STAAR Released Test Questions

8th grade mathematics:    2018 | 2017  2016 | 2014 | 2013

7th grade mathematics: 2018  2017 |  2016 | 2014 | 2013

6th grade mathematics: 2018 | 2017  2016 | 2014 | 2013

You are capable of more than you know.

(First Published on March 2018)

One of the biggest problems of our modern schools is the fact that many of our students believe they are doomed to failure. Our students face great pressures daily. Again and again, they receive negative messages from family, teachers, and classmates. They see that other children have everything, and they feel that they have practically nothing.

The main challenge teachers face now is convincing their students that if they want it, they can succeed, not only in school but also in life. Teachers usually have little control over the message that students will receive from others, but we have control of the message they receive from us, and the message must be very clear, a message of high expectations. The message is simple:You can succeed if you persevere.” We have to capture their minds and hearts and show them with facts that they can succeed. This is not simple. It requires a lot of work; it takes a lot of effort; it requires putting the heart into learning and teaching. But the reward is huge for them, and it is evident.

I am a teacher with more than 25 years of teaching experience, and I have trained hundreds of winners. I was a teacher at the college level in Mexico for more than 15 years with excellent results. I often meet alumni who are directors of companies, owners of companies, employees in high positions who thank me mainly for having imbued them with confidence, that if they persevere and never consider themselves defeated, they will succeed.

I also have two master’s degrees here in the United States, and some time ago I received an invitation to incorporate me as a university-level teacher because they know the excellent results I had in higher education in Mexico. On that occasion, I did not accept that offer, but I chose to be a teacher at middle school (with less salary and more hours of work) because I think we have to influence the students from a young age. I have several academic blogs that are visited by hundreds of thousands of people a year from dozens of countries, and I have the great satisfaction of collaborating, even if only a little, in the education of all of them.

Year after year, my students occupy the highest places in the school, in the school district, and frequently in the state.  Please see the following chart that corresponds to last year. It was the result of an experiment in which several teachers who work with Mr. Quesada and Mr. Alonzo, who worked together with me, had the common goal of raising the educational level of our students. We teach our students first in the sixth grade and then the seventh grade so that they know our rhythm and way of working. The results are extraordinary, as the graph shows:

We had three students with a perfect grade in math, and it would have been more than a dozen if not for the fact that some of them do not have a good command of English since they are ESL students (English as a Second Language), and they did not understand the meaning of some words that came in the exam.  Many ESL students no only passed but obtained outstanding grades.

We can summarize this in a sentence:

Yes, you can!


In this school year, I am looking to support ESL teachers precisely so that together we better prepare all students who really want to succeed.

Having excelled so much has caused envy, criticism, and low blows from other schoolmates. For all of them, my message is very simple and direct: You can do it too, but it takes time, effort, and dedication.” You need to convince students to work overtime to fill in the gaps they have in their academic preparation and dare to succeed. And you also need to work overtime!

For all the students the formula is very simple: “If you want to succeed, work hard and persevere until you succeed.”  ” And you also need to work overtime!”

For all the students the formula is very simple: “If you want to succeed, work hard and persevere until you succeed”.

“Life rewards efforts, not pretexts” Anonymous

“A little more persistence, a little more effort, and what seemed an irremediable failure would turn into glorious success.” – Elbert Hubbard

If you want to change your future, you must build it with the daily effort, always striving to be better, and not let yourself be defeated by the setbacks that will surely arise along the way.

The students this school year supposedly are the best I have had during my entire stay at this school. And it is curious that being the best, more than 30% of them did not even know the timestables or how to perform basic arithmetic operations, so these first weeks have been fully dedicated to filling gaps in their education until their knowledge of the basis in math is solid and definitive. With great satisfaction, I can tell you that you are making outstanding progress and that you are very different in knowledge and behavior compared with the students that I had at the beginning of the school year.

Students from previous years have also excelled in their final grade, always among the best places in the school and the district. Although in the previous years the school administration repeatedly sent me many of the students with great academic and behavioral deficiencies. So almost year after year I have protested to the administration that the distribution is unfair, and mainly asking the administration to send me students who really want to put their effort to succeed. Here is an example:




Let’s work together to make our students overcome all their limitations and succeed in their lives!


Dear teachers, allow me to recommend a book that tells many success stories and that we can easily incorporate into our teaching practice.