Looking at the Middle School Math Standards with a NEW ATTITUDE Gina Garner Exceptional Education Math 5 – 8 Donelson Middle School
Objective • To look at current math standards while addressing ways to ensure success with ALL students in the classroom.
Ice Breaker • In your small group, think of at least 10 varied and unusual places that numbers can be found in our daily lives. Example: 1 dozen roses (no, you cannot use the example)
Today’s Standards • Rigerous • Emphasis on life long learning • Building blocks for success in High School and beyond.
Math is here… "…Even if you're sitting in math class counting down the minutes till it's over, you're still doing math!" Lori VOCCOLA.org
and here… …If you play games you use math to figure out your score. Do you have a combination lock? You are doing math there…When you count money you are doing math…If you use a scale, you are doing math… Sammy VOCCOLA.org
and here… My collage was about finding numbers and using math in wrestling. For example, you can use division and divide the WWE wrestlers between the Smack Down and the Raw Shows. My collage also showed that the Rock has millions and millions (which are numbers) of fans. When you add Jeff and Matt Hardy together, you get a Two Man Tag Team. When you minus Devon Dudley from the Dudley Boy Tag Team, you get one table smashing Bubba Ray Dudley left. There are a lot of things to count when you're watching wrestling! Joseph VOCCOLA.org
Math is EVERYWHERE • What math means to me? Math to me is the universal language since every culture somehow some way has math. Math has so much to do with us from ancient times to our very own…my collage shows…pictures of math from Egypt and other cultures…also pictures of numbers inside DNA…and then mathematics with equations. Henry Voccola.org
Got Math ??? • Video http://teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=3682&title=Got_Math_
Today’s Standards CREATIVITY HAS NOT BEEN TAKEN AWAY FROM THE TEACHER !!!!
EMBRACE the CHALLENGE to make Learning MEANINGFUL
Today’s Standards Connect to real world as much as possible!
Video • The Connected Classroom http://teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=661&title=The_Connected_Classroom
Team Teaching • Together - Shared responsibilities. This is OUR class • Everyone – Instruction is not a one man show. Both contribute to the instruction and learning. • Achieve – You can have small groups to remediate and enrich at the same time! • More – reach the standards and go beyond!
Team Teaching • Promotes Differentiated Instruction • Promotes Inclusion
Team Teaching • Be flexible • Understand territories • Look for positives and strengths • Execptional Ed is there for ALL students • Both can learn from experience • Role model for students working together and social skills
Good Team Teaching Students or observer cannot really tell who is the teacher of record. Both are constantly interacting with students and in the instruction process. BOTH share responsibilities of the classroom and plan TOGETHER.
Pacing Guides • Developed by Metro Teachers and Math Coaches • May be adjusted by individual schools • Dictates the path of skills to be taught in a sequential order • Working (living) document • New ones being developed AS WE SPEAK
Example of Pacing Guide • 7th Grade Pacing Guide – DMS 09-10
Important Notebooks • PLANNING NOTEBOOK • STUDENT DATA NOTEBOOK IF YOU DIDN’T DOCUMENT IT – IT DIDN’T HAPPEN !!!!!
Planning Notebooks • Designed to help the teacher • Is a working notebook • Pacing Guides • Lesson Plans • Activities • Notes and Handouts from P.D.
Student Data Notebook General Class/School Data (TCAP Scores by grade level)
Student Data Notebook • Individual Student Data * IEP Goal Sheets * Student Data Sheet (TCAP, Think Link & Report Card) * Phone Logs * Assessment Record Sheets
Student Data Notebook • Student Profile Sheets • (Mastery data by subject)
Student Profile Sheets • Document progress made by student • Share with student and parents • Can be used to create IEP’s • Can be used to focus on remediation and enrichment
Beginning of Year • Test to see what skills have been retained and which need to be reviewed. • Common assessment for all students.
Examples • Key Math • Woodcock Johnson • DAB 3 • Textbook Publisher Created • Exam View Created • Teacher Created
Common Assessments • Given every 3 – 4 weeks • Assess current skills taught and what has been retained. • Document standards as mastered
Common Assessment Sample • DMS 8th Grade common assessment * DMS 6th Grade common assessment
Student Profile Sheet • DMS Student Profile sheet 1 • DMS Student Profile sheet 2 • DMS Student Profile sheet 3
Activity • Take 6th grade common assessment and complete student profile sheet
Activity • Using given student profile sheet, discuss with your partner test results and what you would like to do next. Use available resources your school has.
Record and Reflect • Review results with student • Discuss plan of action with student • DO IT! • Check Back
Remediate & Enrich Student has copy of skills check list Study Island or My Skills Tutor Individual Skills Centers Portaportal
Study Island • Web Based • Can individualize • Keeps scores / gradebook • Gives awards when mastery met • www.studyisland.com
Portaportal • Web (computer) based • Teacher created • www.portaportal.com • Sample guest name: donelsonmath
Other Activities • Student centers • Menu activities • Games • Other computer based programs • Interdisciplinary activities with other classes (thematic learning) • LOTS of resources on internet!!!
Some Web Sites • Spy Guys http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/mesg/html/math6web/math6shell.html • NASA http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/5-8/index.html • Math Academy http://www.actuarialfoundation.org/youth/mathacademy.html
Some Websites • Teachertube.com • aaamath.com • brainpop.com • eduplace.com • Edutopia.org • jc-schools.net • Nctm.org
Time to Move Around ! Multiplication Rap
Multiplication Rap • Great Bell Ringer or transition • Kids can create own • Several commercial versions • Can do quick tests daily or weekly • Chart progress – reward those who learn all their facts
Standards Activity • With your group, look at the standards handed out (old/new) • Identify the “gaps” that you see which could be problems for students • Be ready to share 2 -3 “gaps” in 3 minutes.
Word Problems You will be handed one or more cards that have a word or words on them from word problems. You will need to get up and match the card to the operation it goes with – Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication or Division
Another way to use • On bulletin board, divide into 4 sections with masking tape. Put +, -, * and ÷ in 4 areas. Have words that mean the operation in each section. • Tape Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division in various parts of room. Have students match word to operation.
SOLVEing Word Problems • State the question • Organize the facts • Line up the problem in words • Verify – plug in the numbers • Evaluate- using estimation and reasonableness