7-8 Classroom

Curiosity Killed The Cat

Curiosity Killed The Cat

Curiosity can lead to great innovation and knowledge, but it can also pave a pathway towards risky behavior. Some people are more naturally drawn to investigate danger, and adolescents often want to understand those subjects that we ask them to avoid. Part of the Colorado teaching standards includes that middle school students learn the “facts” about drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and internet safety, and to empower them to make healthy choices. During the next few weeks of Language…

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Explorers Club

Explorers Club

Curiosity is the root of learning. Many students claimed in a writing assignment this past September that schools sometimes kill student curiosity by eliminating choice from their experience. Students want to explore, but school programs can dictate learning to a degree where students no longer feel empowered to learn for themselves. In response, we have started a two-week Explorers Club in which each student can study a topic of their choice. In education terms, this is an…

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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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7th Grade Math September Update

7th Grade Math September Update

Current Unit of Study: Shapes and Designs Two-Dimensional Geometry Students have been developing their ability to recognize, display, analyze, measure, and reason shapes and visual patterns. The focus of this unit is on polygons and on the side length and angle relationships of polygons. In our first investigation students looked for ways that the family of polygons can be sorted into sub-groups with similar properties. In the second investigation students learned about the size of angle…

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READING

Last week at back-to-school-night, I gave a big-picture overview of the themes in LA, and was asked about how I approach reading. I feel that I gave a cursory response, and you deserve a better vision of the reading plan. Reading practice and discussion comes in a variety of ways, and changes often throughout the year. Here are the ways that students will engage in reading: IN-CLASS ARTICLES: We often read relevant articles in class. With these…

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