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.
Tests will fall every Friday.
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.
The average of all daily work (Drills/DCR, homework and assignments) will be counted as 50% of your six- weeks grade.
The average of all test work (exams, labs, quizzes) will be counted as 50% of your six -weeks grade.
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 10 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.
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 mandate 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 M. B. Lamar 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


Some questions on the first day of school

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!

Be responsible

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.

Be safe

Any running or other safety violation will result in after school detention. Time to be determined by the teacher.

Be Courteous

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.

Times Tables

These mini drills provide students with reinforced practice so that ALL students can learn and practice until the answers are automatic.


 >>  Times Tables (Short) <<

>> Times_Table_Mini <<

>>  N Times Table    <<

>> Times Tables (All) <<

>>Times Tables by Levels<<


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”







Multiplication Concept

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
9 Tic-tac-toe squares
10 Fingers per person, cents in a dime

Repeated Addition:

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

Array Model:









3 dots x 5 dots = 15 dots

3 x 5 = 15

Area Model:










3 inches by 5 inches rectangle

Area = 15 in²

3 in x 5 in = 15 inches squared



Attendance Matters

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.


The power of believing that you can improve

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.