**Copies of Fall 2019 Parent Letters are attached below**
Mathematics by Illustrative Mathematics Student and Family Materials:
Students can access the material that we are covering in class at
Parents have access to an explanation of the main ideas for each unit and practice problems to try with their students at
This year we will be focusing on developing a growth mindset about math. “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment,” writes (Carol) Dweck. Research shows that students who buy into a growth mindsets—the belief that they can learn more or become smarter if they work hard and persevere—may learn more, learn it more quickly, and view challenges and failures as opportunities to improve their learning and skills. http://edglossary.org/growth-mindset/
How can you help your child succeed? We know that the messages that we give students can change their performance dramatically. Math is an open, amazing subject that is all about effort and hard work. Your child needs to know that you believe in him. Try to give your child positive messages about math, for example, “You can do this, or I believe in you.”
Advanced Math 7 will have required homework most nights. Math 7 students will have the extra practice problems for the day’s lesson assigned as optional homework every night. Optional homework assignments will not affect your child’s academic grade, but they are an excellent way for your child to get more practice on what we are covering in class. Completing the optional homework would also be a way to earn a 4 for Work Ethic. Your child should also study key concepts and review vocabulary at home in preparation for Topic Assessments.
Help Time/Intervention Room:
I am excited about this year’s addition of a math intervention room that will available to students 4th period during electives. I expect students to come see me or the intervention teacher Mrs. Watts if they do not understand a concept or if they do not meet standard on a Unit Assessment. In order to assure that students get as much help as needed; I try to make myself available whenever possible. With exceptions of meetings, help time can be scheduled Monday-Friday before school or during lunch (11:21-11:51) or Wednesdays after school (2:30-4:30). In order for students to be able to stay, they need to prearrange a time at least a day ahead of time. I need confirmation that you are aware that they are staying and for them to sign up for an appointment in my room.
Students will have the opportunity to redo Cool Downs, Evidence of Learning (EOL) Tasks and assessments until they are satisfied with their performance. If your child would like to take advantage of this opportunity, he just needs to set up a time with me. You child will need to show me that he has reviewed the material before he will be allowed to retake the assessment. To review for a retake, your child will complete the Unit Reflection along with the Test Corrections worksheet and/or the Unit Relearning Plan.
Communication:I believe that regular communication with families is important. I will update Skyward weekly, and send occasional emails home with updates about your child’s progress, and reminders about upcoming assignments and assessments. Please make sure that your information in Family Access is up to date so that you receive these emails. If you would like to receive paper copies of this correspondence, please let me know.