advertisement

Middle School Math Pathways Your Student’s Path to Success Starts Here Overview What are the changes in middle school math? What do the new pathways look like? Which pathway is best for my child? How will the teachers be prepared for the new courses? Question Session What are the changes in middle school math? Focus on Fluency, not memorization Going deeper into topics Collaborative work with accountability Application to real-world scenarios Literacy in mathematics Multiple Approaches The New Shape of Mathematics Mathematics topics intended at each grade by at least twothirds of A+ countries z Schmidt, Houang, & Cogan, “A Coherent Curriculum: The Case of Mathematics.” (2002). Mathematics topics intended at each grade by at least twothirds of the U.S. states Side by Side Comparison Old Standards Donna buys 40 apples at 35 cents each. She eats 2 apples and sells the rest for 45 cents each. How much money does she make? Common Core Standards Donna buys some apples at 35 cents each. She eats 2 apples and sells the rest for 45 cents each. She makes $3.10 profit. How many apples did she buy? Donna buys 40 apples at 35 cents each. She eats 2 apples and sells the rest for 45 cents each. How much money does she make? Student Work and Thinking 40 x .35 = $14 38 x .45 = $17.10 $17.10 - $14.00 $3.10 Multiplication Subtraction Donna buys some apples at 35 cents each. She eats 2 apples and sells the rest for 45 cents each. She makes $3.10 profit. How many apples did she buy? Student Work and Thinking a = Number of apples purchased a - 2 = Number of apples sold $3.10 = Total profit .45 (a – 2) - .35a = 3.10 .45a - .90 - .35a = 3.10 .10a - .90 = 3.10 a = 40 Donna originally bought 40 apples. My Thinking: 1. First I identified the variable and key information from the problem. 2. Then, I modeled the situation by setting up an equation. 3. I used the distributive property to solve the equation. 4. I checked my work to make sure the answer was reasonable. Donna buys some apples at 35 cents each. She eats 2 apples and sells the rest for 45 cents each. She makes $3.10 profit. How many apples did she buy? Critical thinking and problem analysis Student Work and a = Number of apples purchased 1. First I identified the variable and key information from the problem. 2. Then, I modeled the Mathematizing a situation by setting up an Real-world equation. situation 3. I used the distributive property to solve the equation. 4. I checked my work to make sure the answer was reasonable. apples. Writing in Math a - 2 = Number of apples sold Distributive Property $3.10 = Total profit .45 (a – 2) - .35a = 3.10 .45a - .90 - .35a = 3.10 .10a - .90 = 3.10 Persevere a = 40 Donna originally bought 40 Explanation of Thinking thinking and reasoning My Thinking: The Bottom Line… ALL students will receive challenging, rigorous instruction regardless of which pathway they are in. Three Pathways Standard Pathway Accelerate d Pathway Transitional Pathway 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade • Grade 6 Course • Grade 7 Course • Grade 8 Course • Common Core Algebra 1 • Meets the needs of the majority of students • Students learn the standards from their grade level • Instruction is rigorous and students work towards mastery • Time for remediation Standard Pathway 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade • Grade 6 Course • Students must pass an assessment criteria to qualify • Accelerated Grade 7 Course (at Jefferson) • 7th Grade course is a • Common Core Algebra 1 (at Jefferson) • Geometry OR Algebra 2 combination of 7th & 8th grade standards • Instruction will be fast paced and requires student and parental commitment Accelerated Pathway Current Accelerated 6th Graders: 6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade 9th Grade • Currently taking 7th Grade Pre-Algebra Current Accelerated 7th Graders: 7th Grade • Common Core Algebra 1 (at Jefferson) • Common Core Geometry (at Tracy High) • Algebra 2 8th Grade 9th Grade • Currently Taking 8th Grade Algebra • Geometry (at Tracy High) • Algebra 2 Transitional Pathways For Currently Accelerated Students ONLY and contingent upon performance Results District-wide criteria for math acceleration Broader course of study options Alignment to Tracy Unified Parental choice Cost savings after 2 years Things to Consider Students do not receive high school credit for accelerated courses Accelerated Pathway sets students up for High School Calculus Accelerated class are designed to challenge students Teacher Preparation Two days of Common Core training Summer training and coaching Publisher Training Evening content workshops Ongoing Data teams Resources Jefferson School District Website www.jeffersonschooldistrict.com Parent Links>>Common Core Transition>>Middle School Math Pathways Curriculum Department Chirstina Orsi 209-836-4531 [email protected] Deadline to Apply for Testing: MAY 19 Testing: MAY 21 3:15pm-4:15pm at the District Office Questions???