Middle School Math News: May 2012

At the end of April, the whole middle school got to go to a play, “Eureka!”, at the Masonic Temple in Detroit.  The kids were great and the play was fun!  In the play, math concepts were brought up that we have discussed at one point in class or are working on now; like the Pythagoras Theorem.  Ask your student what they learned.

GEOMETRY remains to be the main topic in most of the classes.  Reviewing formulas for basic figures and extending that knowledge to other figures like parallelograms, trapezoids, etc.  We will be using these area formulas of 2-dimensional shapes to calculate surface area of 3-dimensional shapes.  Volume of 3-dimensional shapes is another topic for examination.

Quadratic equations and a “flipped classroom” are the main happenings in Algebra class.  I am experimenting with a flipped classroom style; that is, they receive instruction at home, through online sources, videos, textbook, etc.  Then during class we are able to work through practice problems, spend time exploring concepts and ideas, and have discussions on the different/best ways to approach problems.  It’s going well so far.

FINALS is the other thing on our minds in middle school math these days.  For many of our students this will be the first “final” they have ever taken… good practice for high school.  The Algebra class will be taking their final the week of May 20th, before they go to 8th grade camp.  The other classes will be taking their finals the week of May 27, while we are at 8th grade camp.  Jessica, the middle school instructional assistant in math, will be giving the finals to Course 1, Course 2, and Course 3 students.

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