Last modified Dec 5

7th Grade Pre-Algebra

  • 7th Grade
Jordan Thill

Welcome to 7th Grade Pre-Algebra! I teach math in a respectful environment. I know that in order to receive respect, I must first give respect to the students. When talking, I always address them respectfully, and if there is ever a reteaching time; I do my best to privately talk to the student away from the class to respect their privacy. I respect students’ time and I expect students to respect my time. How this is manifested in my classroom is as follows:

  • I respect students’ need to learn so I assign near-daily Practice Problems to help them learn particular concepts. These practice problems are not beyond their ability, and help them master essential mathematical standards.
  • Students respect my (and their parent’s) desire for them to learn, so they complete classwork and Practice Problems when assigned.

 

  • I respect students’ time, so I am understanding if they do not complete the practice problems every day. They have a lot of things vying for their attention, and I do not want students to stay up till midnight to complete yet another thing for school.
  • Student respect my time, and understand if I cannot return a test the next day.

 

  • I respect time that students have with family so I assign as little homework as possible on Fridays or days before breaks to let them enjoy the weekend.
  • Students respect me and do not waste class time because I do not waste their family/relax time.

 

  • I respect students’ confusion and try to never make them embarrassed because they made a mistake; confusion is the first step toward understanding.
  • Students respect that I always try to help them learn and so they participate in class and are not afraid to ask questions.

 

  • I respect that some days students just are having a bad day. I do my best to allow them avenues to redirect their emotions; sitting in the back tables, letting them color, putting their heads down on their desks for a while, not pressuring them, and being as understanding as possible (within classroom rules and expectations).
  • Students respect my understanding and valuing of their emotions and will give 100% when they are having a better day.

 

7th Grade Pre-Algebra will follow this rough schedule for the remainder of the year:

Numerical Expressions and Factors – September (4 weeks)
Fractions and Decimals – October (4 – 5 weeks)
Algebraic Expressions and Properties – November (3 weeks)
Areas of Polygons – December (3 weeks)
Ratios and Rates – January (4 weeks)
Integers and the Coordinate Plane – February (3-4 weeks)
Equations and Inequalities – March (4 weeks)
Surface Area and Volume – April (2-3 weeks)
Statistical Measures and Data Displays – April – May (5 weeks)
History and Math project if there is time – June (2 weeks)

Total time = 34 – 37 weeks (School year is 36 weeks)

 

The Middle School will be learning along these IB guidelines.

IB MYP Math – Found here

Assessment Criteria for IB MYP – Found here

Performance Descriptors

IB Score Letter Score &

Percentage Range

Did not reach the standard 0 F

Below 70%

Minimal, limited, has difficulty 1-2   D

70-76%

Adequate, somewhat 3-4 C/B-

77-85%

Considerable, good, mostly accurate, appropriate 5-6 B/A-

86-93%

Thorough, clear, effective, excellent,

accurate with variety/detail

7-8 A

94-100%

 

The International Baccalaureate aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

To this end the organization works with schools, governments and international organizations to develop challenging programmes of international education and rigorous assessment.

These programmes encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.

Our Mathematical Mission: The 6th grade students will be expected to develop the following skills as they progress through the IB( International Baccalaureate) program.

Inquirers They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable: They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Thinkers: They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators: They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Principled: They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded:They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring:They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers: They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced: They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective: They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.

 

Class time: You will be expected to give 100%.  Participation is the key to your success. We work hard every day. When you attend math class you will be doing math each and every day and hopefully have fun doing it.

Independent Work time/Practice Problems Although you will be given plenty of class time to learn and practice your new skills; part of your success will involve you thinking and working on your own.  You can expect Practice Problems nearly every day. These problems will be for the purpose of giving you an opportunity to Practice the standards that I am teaching on that particular day.

 

WEBSITE FOR FURTHER PRACTICE –  Khan Academy This link will bring you to Khan Academy and it will be personalized for your child. If you would like to know your child’s “scores” email me and I can send them to you. There are hints and videos that you can watch that will help your child learn concepts appropriate for them.