Knowing your personal strengths and weaknesses in math is very important.
Verify your skill level to ensure success in Math.
Year at Glance
* The student should be prepared to turn-in the homework and other assignment(s) upon returning to school
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.
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
On the first day of school, students are ONLY interested in knowing the answers to these questions:
Who is my teacher?
I teach because I want to make a difference. I am a teacher who is committed to helping students to succeed in school while nurturing their unconditional self-acceptance, and emotional wellbeing. I believe in teaching with compassion, dedication, and enthusiasm. My mission is to create a caring, and empathetic group of students, that develop a love of learning that will last a lifetime, and I hope that within each one of them, I can ignite a fire that will inspire them to believe, grow, and seek knowledge to figure out what moves them to make a difference in the world.
What are the rules in the classroom?
Be on time every day
Any student who was absent must attend tutorials the following day in order to receive instruction, so as not to fall behind in his/her missing assignments.
Be on Task
Listen and follow directions. Be prompt, attentive, and participate in class. Try to do your best at all times!
Any student who does not complete the homework will be required to stay for the day the homework was due to complete missing homework to provide content reinforcement needed.
Any running or other safety violation will result in after school detention. Time to be determined by the teacher.
Follow the Golden Rule; treat others as you wish to be treated.
Do not use inflammatory or offensive language, sarcasm, or raised voices.
Be responsible for your own learning.
Come to class prepared in every way to learn and participate. Work quietly.
Always do your best.
Have pride on all you do, and Never give up!
Turn off and put away any personal electronic device.
The learning process requires a distraction-free learning environment.
Be Positive, Productive, Polite, Prepared, and ResPectful (the 5 Ps).
Why is this class important to me?
Math is incredibly important in our lives. Math is used in everyday life. mathematics gives us the critical ability to learn and think logically. Math skills are important for all kinds of jobs, from retail cashier to stockbroker. For many jobs, using math is a daily part of the work.
Students will become adults who will use math in their jobs. All kinds of careers use math; for example electronics, civil and structural engineering, accountants, doctors, bankers, meteorologists, game designers, robotics designers, and even mothers use math.
What are we learning in this class?
The major math strands for seventh-grade curriculum are number sense and operations, arithmetic with negative numbers, algebra basics, proportions, geometry and spatial sense, measurement, and data analysis and probability.
Number sense topics include exponents and scientific notation; prime numbers; factoring; combining like terms; substituting values for variables; simplification of algebraic expressions; and calculating rate, distance, time, and mass.
Students will learn to evaluate expressions, generate equivalent expressions, and efficiently solve equations and inequalities. Also, they will apply the properties of operations to work efficiently with expressions and equations.
Students will investigate proportional relationships and use this understanding to solve real-world problems involving discounts, interest, taxes, and scale drawings.
Geometric topics include the classification of angles and triangles; finding the unknown measurement of a triangle’s side, and determining the slope of a line. Students will study two-dimensional and three-dimensional figures and will learn how to find perimeter, area, angle measures, and volume and surface area of solids.
Students will also learn to use a variety of graphs to represent data and to interpret those graphs, and they will learn to compute odds. Students will be introduced to mean, median, and mode.
New Student Data Form (Read and answer carefully)
Please fill out the survey as soon as possible. This will help me get to know you a little bit better and have the ability to contact you concerning your progress in class. This survey should take you about 5 minutes to complete.
Compete against your friends to see who can earn the highest score.
These mini drills provide students with reinforced practice so that ALL students can learn and practice until the answers are automatic.
Suggested Learning Procedure:
Do a little each day. This will achieve more than trying to learn everything at once.
Stick to one times table at a time to minimize confusion.
Try to learn the tricky ones that you may not know.
For best results use the 5/5 Rule. Repeat new times table 5 times a day for 5 days.
Use your multiple intelligences to learn the times tables. Learn through talking, chanting or singing: Chant times tables in a particular way, such as quietly, slowly and loudly.
To consolidate and reinforce your math skills we will do a “2 minute weekly challenge”
Do you know your times-tables? ×
Times tables are the most difficult subject studied in the third year (the math standard explicitly require 3rd grade students to “fluently multiply and divide within 100”) [TEKS3.5B].
However, some middle school students struggle with learning their times tables.
I assure you that practice is key to mastering times tables.
Multiplication means the repeated addition of equal groups.
Thinks that come in groups:
|2||Earrings, socks, shoes; hands, legs, arms (per person)|
|3||Triangle sides, triangle angles|
|4||Chair legs, table legs, dogs legs|
|5||Days in a school week, fingers per hand|
|6||Faces of a cube, soda can pack|
|7||Days in a week|
|8||Hotdogs per pack|
|10||Fingers per person, cents in a dime|
We have five days of classes per school week (Monday through Friday).
How many school days are there in three weeks?
Adding three groups of five
5 + 5+ 5 = 15
3 times 5 equals 15
In this example, 3 x 5 is the same as 5 + 5 + 5 = 15
A collector has 3 boxes containing 5 cents each.
How many coins are in total?
There are three groups of five coins.
5+5+5 = 5 x 3 = 15
Equal groups model:
3 hands, 5 fingers per hand, 15 fingers at all
5 + 5 +5 = 15
3 x 5 = 15
3 dots x 5 dots = 15 dots
3 x 5 = 15
3 inches by 5 inches rectangle
Area = 15 in²
3 in x 5 in = 15 inches squared
If a teacher tells parents that their children need to come to class every day and to avoid being absent unless absolutely necessary, some parents may consider this an aggressive stance. Some parents find it easier to change teachers than to change their children’s attitude. Sometimes, it is not even the attitude of the children that are at fault, but rather that of the parents, who have no confidence in the children’s ability to perform, and who promote a culture of minimum effort that in effect condemns the students to mediocrity.
That is one of the biggest mistakes they can make, and of which they will surely regret in the future.
Parents should strive to create in their children the habits of responsibility, perseverance, self-confidence, self-discipline, thinking big, and aspiring to a better future. This will sow the seeds of greatness in their children, so allowing them to stand out and succeed in every endeavor they may pursue.
In contrast, parents who overprotect their children and let them get away with bad habits—such as avoiding responsibility, making excessive excuses to avoid doing any work, behaving disruptively, and having too much leisure time—may inadvertently be condemning their children to failure.
Many high achievers attribute their success to what their parents taught them about how to do things on their own and to their resultant belief that if they try hard enough, they will succeed.
If you, as parents, want your children to succeed, it is important that you believe in them, and promote in them the confidence that they can succeed in anything they set their mind to achieve. Encourage good habits in them—such as working hard, being responsible, and not settling for low or average grades—in other words, endeavoring to be the best they can through constant effort and an unwavering desire to succeed.
There are people who believe that intellectual ability is immutable (fixed intelligence). These people make self-reflections such as the following: “I am not sure I can do it? Maybe I do not have the talent needed”. Or: “What happens if I cannot? It will be a failure.” People will laugh at me because I could not achieve it. They will call me a looser”.
Personally, as a math teacher, many times I have heard phrases like the following: “ I’ve always been bad at math”;“ I’m scared, and I am sure I will fail the class”; “I can never approve math because I was not born for it”, No matter what I do, I will fail math”; or “You have to be very smart to approve math.” They are students who are considered defeated from the beginning, and therefore do not put all their effort to overcome their shortcomings and limitations.
The renowned Stanford psychologist, Carol Dweck, proposed more than 20 years ago the theory that we know as Growth Mindset, “the mentality of the possible”. People with a Growth Mindset think: “I can learn anything that I want to”, “I can always improve”, “Mistakes help me learn”, “I’m a problem solver”, “I never give up”, “I like to challenge myself”
She thinks that intelligence can be developed. It is a very simple theory that proposes that, if the student recognizes errors as normal, and accepts them as part of the learning process; if he understands that in every activity of life, perseverance and tenacity are required in order to learn new things, then the student will be successful in his studies and in life.
Developing a growth mindset with students creates in them a love of learning and a resilience. As teachers, we must foster in our students the development of a growth mentality. We must use positive reinforcement and let know to our students, as often as possible, that we know they can succeed. We must instill in our students that they can improve their academic performance as much as they wish and overcome all the future challenges of their lives.
Aristotle said, “You are what you repeatedly do.” Therefore, excellence ought to be a habit, not an act.
I remember when I was a kid that my dad bought me a bicycle, and he started teaching me how to use it. Since I was very young, in the first or second fall I tried to give up, and I did not even want to touch the bike. I remember that my dad told me: “just by practicing you will learn and then you will really enjoy it”. His words were really wise, among the best memories of my childhood were those years I spent enjoying riding the bicycle. Driving a bicycle is a skill that we have to build with attempts and failures with dedication and perseverance. The same happens with school learning. Nobody is born knowing everything. We really learn something new every day if we insist on doing it. Mastering any skill requires practice, perseverance and learning from mistakes.
If you’re going to do a job, do it right…Good enough isn’t good enough if it can be better, and better isn’t good enough if it can be best.