Health and safety are major concerns for all of us right now because of COVID-19.
Schools may be closed, but math learning can continue! The virtual instruction plan provides the social distancing for students and teachers, and students will receive full instruction at home.
With several educational blogs and e-books, I really have experience in distance education. I have developed this website for math education over 10 years and it currently has over a million visitors yearly, with an average of over 6,000 different visitors each day. In my website I will post links to tutorials, videos, assignments, and other items related to our course. From the experience gained over the years, I can assure you that it will be useful to all of you. Statistical data shows that year after year my students’ scores far exceed the average mathematics scores in our school district (more than 12 percentage points).
We will be together in class again. Stay with me and keep up with your learning. I hold my students to very high standards in both academics and behavior. Do your very best, and I promise I will do my very best. Together we can all grow and achieve greatness!
When meeting a new teacher, students are ONLY interested in knowing the answers to questions like:
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.
What you will be learning this year in Mathematics:
Year at Glance
We use technology every day in this class.
Math 6th Year at Glance
- Classify whole numbers, integers, and rational numbers
- Generating equivalent forms of rational numbers
- Converting between fractions, decimals, and percents
- Percent problems
- Locate/Compare/Order Integers
- Locate/Compare/Order Decimals
- Locate/Compare/Order Rational Numbers
- Multiply/Divide Decimals
- Multiplying Fractions & Mixed Numbers
- Dividing Fractions & Mixed Numbers
- Modeling All Operations with Integers and Connect to Algorithm
- Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide Integers
- Model Ratios and percents
- Equivalent Ratios and Rates
- Equivalent forms of Fraction, Decimal, Percent
- Customary/ Metric Conversions in same system
- Predictions in Proportional Situations
- Table/Graphs/Symbols to Represent Proportional Relationships
- Understand percents as proportional relationships
- Percent Applications using proportions
- Scale Factor
- Order of Operations with exponents
- Prime Factorization
- Write, Model, Solve, & Graph 1-Step Equations & Inequalities
- Independent & Dependent Quantities
- Expressions and Properties (Inverse, Identity, Associative, Commutative, Distributive)
- Compare positive and negative numbers with inequalities symbols
- Graph inequalities on the number line.
- Solving One Variable Inequalities
- Expressions and Equations
- Algebraic Relationships – Given Equation
- Algebraic Relationships – Given Graph
- Algebraic Relationships – Given Verbal Equation
- Angle Relationship in Triangles
- Area – rectangles, parallelograms, trapezoids, triangles (Model, write equations, solve)
- Volume – right rectangular prisms (Model, write equations, solve)
- Coordinate Plane
- Represent numeric data graphically – Dot plots, stem-and-leaf plots, histograms, & box plots
- Center, spread, and shape of data
- Summarize and describe numeric and categorical data
- Financial Goals/History
- Debit cards vs Credit cards
- Credit Reports/History/Impact on Future Goals
- Paying for college
- Annual salary of occupations and impact on lifetime income
Students will increase their understanding of the course material by participating in mini-drills, quizzes, tests, math games, group and individual projects, independent problem solving, and oral presentations.
Curriculum Aligned Resources for Educational Support CARES
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)
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
* 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.
Code of Conduct:
1. Be Responsible
2. Be Respectful
3. Be Ready to Learn
4. Be Honest
Students will ask for help when needed, do their own work, and always tell the truth.
——– 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
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.
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
What are you going to do when you grow up?
What do you see yourself doing 10 years from now?
- What Do You Like To Do?
- What Are You Good At?
- Does this career let me follow my passion?
- Can I be successful in this career?
- Am I more introverted or extroverted?
- Am I ready to fight for it?
- How Much Money Do You Want To Make?
- Am I choosing this career to please somebody else?
Your future starts now
You’re in middle school now. What you do over the next few years will have an impact on the rest of your life. Now is the time to start thinking about life beyond middle school.
Let´s do Math: What would you be willing to do for a million dollars?
How much money will you earn in your lifetime?
1 day = 8 working hours
1 week = 5 days
1 year = 52 weeks
1 lifetime = 35 years (the average number of years a person “works” in a lifetime)
|no High School Diploma||$7.25|
*(minimum wage in Texas )
7.25 x 8 x 5 x 52 x 35 = ?
30 x 8 x 5 x 52 x 35 = ?
60 x 8 x 5 x 52 x 35 = ?
100 x 8 x 5 x 52 x 35 = ?
We all have dreams and set goals to achieve them, but are you REALLY committed to the achievement of your dreams?
Are you willing to pay the price for success?
STUDY NOW or FAIL YOUR LIFE!
The Secret to Becoming a Millionaire: Money Math Lessons for Life
Latino boys who drop out of school often wind up in the criminal justice system.
Young Hispanic men are more likely to end up in prison than at a top university.
Latinos make up one-third of the population of federal prisons and are the fastest growing ethnic group in all U.S. prisons.
If you really want to succeed, the secret is simple: study. If you compare what a worker who just finished High School (which is the basic level they ask for any job) earns, against what someone who has finished a professional career, a master’s degree or a doctorate, the difference really is enormous.
A person who just finished High School has an income that is just at the poverty line. Instead, a professional has the money to live comfortably and fully enjoy their family. Good homes, good cars, good medical care, holidays and all the comforts of modern life. It is estimated that with only four additional years of study the difference in income over 30 years of work is more than one million dollars.
Let’s do some quick accounting; a minimum wage person earns $ 7.25 an hour ($ 58 a day) when he gets a job. If you are sick with the flu and your mom takes you to the general practitioner for a 15-minute consultation, the fee is $ 50, so they can earn $ 200 in one hour (on a good day $ 1,600 or more). In two weeks a professional can earn what a minimum wage employee earns in a year. In addition, the physical effort is very different; it is not the same to be working where every day you are moving heavy things and doing strenuous work, compared to the physical effort of a professional, which in most professions is minimal because it is intellectual work.
Have confidence in yourself, you must believe in yourself; do not ever get defeated. Dare to dream. If you have a dream, pursue it. Set goals and have the courage, determination, and dedication to achieve them. In life, you will always find obstacles and pitfalls, but you must have the will to rise and persevere. Only the one who gives up is defeated.
If you want to be part of a success story – study. Many students do not finish high school because they did not arrive well prepared in their subjects from the previous years. In Middle School, you learn the bases that will allow you to succeed later in your studies. All construction requires a good foundation, and here we are laying the foundations of what you will build tomorrow.
At Middle School, you must create solid foundations in reading, writing, and mathematics. I do not worry about how low your math skills are; I offer you that if you attend class regularly, if you pay attention, if you do the assigned activities and you frankly consult your doubts in order to clarify them, you will learn what is necessary to get ahead in your studies. I have 30 years as a teacher, and many of my alumni are successful; Even former students, some who had never passed a Texas state test, have achieved Commended Performance and then have achieved a professional career.
Success depends on the will rather than the talent. The foundations of your future and that of your family are built today. Dare to succeed.
This was said by Henry Ford many years ago, in a phrase that is famous, that in a nutshell explains the reason behind the triumph or failure of many people:
“Whether you think you can, or if you think you can not, in both cases you’re right” …
This holds a very great truth, psychologists have proven it with multiple experiments and call it the theory of self-fulfilled prophecy.
If a student believes that they are bad at their studies, they do not put their commitment into school, they frequently fail, lower their self-esteem, conform to low grades, do not participate in class, do not ask questions because they think they will not understand. They are assigned the label of mediocre, playful, or chatterbox and soon will be seen as such by their classmates and their teachers. The child tends to behave according to the expectation they have of him. (The Rosenthal and Jacobson experiment in 1966 is well known) and is known as the Pygmalion effect or self-fulfilling prophecy.
All of us who have been teachers for a long time have seen how important a student’s self-motivation is for their success in school and life. Behind winning students, there are usually parents, grandparents and family members who believed in them and encouraged them to persevere when they had a problem. How often teachers make the big mistake of highlighting faults and ignoring the qualities and effort of our students.
Similarly, many times parents are responsible for the low self-esteem of their children. If they say to him every day; you are a loser, you are useless at everything, you are not like your older brother who is intelligent and responsible or some other derogatory phrase, and they only see the defects and do not publicly acknowledge his qualities, they are condemning this son to failure in life.
The emotional support that parents and teachers give their children is very important.
If you want to succeed in life commit yourself to do so, take advantage of this great opportunity you have at this time to study and show the world how much you are worth, the great potential you have to face any challenge and overcome it.
If you do not stop yourself, no one else can do it. Dare to succeed.
“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.”
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.
“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.”
If you have suggestions, or notice errors, please let me know. Thanks! MsGarciaGrades@gmail.com