Welcome to 8th Grade Math Enrichment!
In our Enrichment class, we will be using the Motivation Math and TEXAS Coach resources to re-emphasize and expand on our 8th Grade Math concepts and skills. These resources provide students with:
- Opportunities to apply, analyze, connect, and reinforce the standards in real-world and mathematical contexts
- A variety of items that promote concept development, problem solving, collaboration, and communication
- Engaging activities that foster critical thinking and mathematical reasoning.
These resources serve as curriculum companions for everything TEKS related and cover all the TEKS for each grade and subject area. Focused lessons will begin with an in-depth introduction to key skills, followed by example problems, and lots of essential STAAR practice. Students will be test-ready and self-reliant after preparing with these two powerful resources.
In order to have student understanding build at an appropriate depth and develop students' grasp of critical thinking, we will follow a four phase learning series in Enrichment class.
First, students will follow along with a teacher-led introduction to each new lesson. During this initial step, students will follow along as I model the steps needed to solve each situation as they take notes, ask questions, and practice their problem solving skills.
Then, together we will complete the guided practice section. This will follow a teacher-student exchange of information and ideas as students use the introduction page as a working model to successfully complete additional, similar examples on their guided practice.
Following their guided practice set, students will complete the independent practice section on their own. Sometimes, we will have time in class for them to start this assignment. However, if they don't finish in class it must be done before class time the following day. This is the most critical phase of this four-part learning system. At home, families and students should review the work and notes from the introduction and the guided practice problems we completed in class together and use those two pages as their models to answer the problem set for their independent work.
For the final phase of each lesson, we will go over the independent practice, answer any questions, and then complete a short assessment over the concept. Periodically, we will also have a spiral review of the lessons we've covered and a broader, more cumulative assessment over each state-outlined reporting category.
Building a student's knowledge in layers like this (I do... we do... they do) not only builds a strong mathematical foundation for key knowledge and skills, it improves students' true understanding.