In our 7th Grade Math Enrichment classes, we will be using a two-part approach to introduce and supplement topics covered in our 7th grade Math classrooms. We will use a combination of TEXAS Coach and the Motivation Math resource to supplement, re-emphasize and expand on all our 7th Grade Math state standards.
These two resources will 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, and
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 7th grade mathematics. 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 generally follow a four phase learning series in Enrichment class:
1st: 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 or type of problem as they take notes, ask questions, and practice their problem solving skills.
2nd: The guided practice section. This will follow as a teacher-student exchange of information and ideas as students complete additional, similar examples with continued teacher assistance.
3rd: An independent practice (Homework). Sometimes, we will have time in class for them to start their assignment. However, if they don't finish in class, their independent work must be done before class time the following day. Independent Practice 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 guided practice problems that were completed in class together. Then, use the information and completed examples as their model to answer the problem set for their independent work. It is SO important, as key skills and critical thinking attributes are developing, for students to practice problems on their own. With practice, comes understanding and success!
4th: Concept assessment. We will go over the independent practice, answer any questions, and then complete a short assessment over each 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.