Thursday, October 6, 2016

Study Ace - a new tool for studying concepts or vocabulary

This week I introduced a new app/program that we are piloting in the 7/8 called StudyAce. It is a "game" based program that helps learners practice matching definitions and words, as well as identify categories that words fall into. It is a brand new program and I am working with its development team to see how it is received by learners, and to help find ways to make it more powerful and useful in the classroom. I have attached the sign in directions on another blog page (note: I only have permission to have student accounts, so parents please resist the urge to make your own account, instead ask to see your child use it in action!) It is also available as an app on an ipad or iphone.

(Study Ace) sign on directions here.

One of the reasons I am piloting is to help learners master the incredible vocabulary that is presented and expected to be mastered in the 7/8. Just today we had a deep conversation about what diagonal and adjacent mean in geometry versus casual language. As adults, we often forget how nuanced the language of mathematics can be. In an effort to be precise, which is necessary for re-creating problems and working on them consistently, it can feel like the language of mathematics is simply obtuse.

We will be reviewing math vocabulary regularly. I will post vocabulary lists, with accepted definitions on google classroom and in this blog.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Introduction to the basics of geometry

Week of Sept 19

This week the learners started working in table groups learning about points, lines, and angles. They are working through problems to help them become confident at accurately labelling geometric figures as well as understand the relationships between angles. They are also practicing finding the perimeter and areas of rectangles and complex shapes made of rectangles.

The heart of this new unit will be next week when we use what we know about angles to justify why there are 180° in a triangle. Some learners are ready to use algebraic expressions and equations to solve problems with angles and perimeters, others are still working other strategies.

I also introduced "note-making" this week. There is a lot of vocabulary to learn in mathematics, in addition to skills and concepts. Every learner will have the responsibility to take notes from text handed out and during mini-lessons. In an effort to help these notes become more meaningful, and therefore more memorable, to the learners, they are required to personalize the notes.

Finally, we established the homework options for math class. For more information on this, please see the tab heading - Homework Options - at the top of this blog page. I am tracking their progress on their goals in google classroom.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Math Class Summary - Getting the year started

Hello Everyone!

I am going to try to blog this year to keep track of math notes, math ideas, fun math activities, puzzles and videos, etc.

If you are curious about the structure of my math class in general, please visit the CLC 7/8 web-site at: Math Program 2016-17

I am open to constructive feedback as well as your fun, interesting and important math ideas!

Let's see how this goes!