Articles by: Darcy Kyle

7th and 8th Grade Math September 2017

We spent the first week looking at what math is and what mathematicians do in order to set the stage for doing rich math and thinking like mathematicians every day. We have also set Math Norms: Talk about each other’s thinking. Answers are important but they are not the math. Errors are gifts that promote discussion. Use multiple strategies and multiple representations. Ask questions until ideas make sense. And we have worked group challenges to…

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7th Grade Math Update

7th Grade Math Update

New Routine: Students now start each math class with two fluency sprints. The purpose of this warm up is to improve fluency and accuracy on a variety of computation skills. Sprints take 2 minutes, students check their answers, take a brain break, then complete a second sprint with the same content focus as the first sprint, trying to increase the number of problems they complete correctly. Current Unit: Ratios and Proportional Relationships. This unit starts with looking…

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8th Grade Math Update

8th Grade Math Update

Current Unit: Frogs, Fleas, and Painted Cubes: Quadratic Functions. After studying linear functions, inverse variation examples, and exponential relationships during the first part of the year, this unit changes focus and looks at a nonlinear polynomial relationship: the quadratic function. Students will learn to recognize quadratic patterns of change in tables and graphs, and they will learn to write equations to represent the patterns. 

Ski-A-Thon

We are hosting a ski-a-thon. Students are invited to ski as many laps as they can safely complete on the Tiehack side of Buttermilk Ski Area. We will have teachers, and other volunteers at the bottom of the mountain cheering them, encouraging them, and making for a festive day on the hill.   Prior to the ski day, students are invited to ask for pledges from friends and family outside of the school community in…

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8th Grade Math September Update

8th Grade Math September Update

We spent a lot of time during the first weeks of school establishing a classroom climate for math where everyone has the opportunity to learn. Math tasks at the beginning of the year were selected to allow students to practice working in groups, supporting each other, sharing ideas, and explaining their thinking. There was a lot of talk about what good group work looked like, sounded like and felt like in math class. Currently the…

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