Carrie's Weekly Update 2-15-18

posted Feb 15, 2018, 11:08 AM by Cynthia Friedman

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

Upcoming Events
Monday 2/19
NO SCHOOL – Presidents Day
Friday, 2/23
End of Term 4 and Trimester 2
Friday, 2/23
Pasta Dinner 5-7pm
Friday, 3/2 Sibling Lottery Application Due
March 26-30
NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

This week we wrap up Unit 2 Chapter 2 Activities. Some questions we investigated this week are:
How do we evaluate a good analysis, explanation, and diagram, of an interaction?
Why is it important to first describe the change in motion of an object?
What are the main general steps in the experimental process?
Pose a question to investigate (with the manipulated and responding variable clearly defined),
Develop your hypothesis, and supporting reasons.
Design your experiment to test your hypothesis (control all your variables).
Write your step by step experiment plan (in detail so that others can repeat your experiment precisely).
Conduct the experiment (using multiple trials).
Organize and analyze your data.
Write your conclusion, supporting it with all the data, and only scientific reasoning.
Next week we review Unit 2 and take the Unit 2 Test.

Students are actively encouraged to review their tests, correct their problems and look for patterns of errors to practice reviewing and improving math habits. Students who choose to do test corrections will receive .5 point for every corrected point. This is actually a significant portion of their grade, because tests are heavily weighted in comparison to homework. Students are provided with a template on which they can show their test revisions. It is to be neatly stapled over the top of their test. On it, they first figure out their mistake(s) on each problem they missed, rework the problem correctly, then write a note describing what their error was and what they did differently. The most common kinds of errors are: copied the problem incorrectly, didn’t read the directions carefully, didn’t carry the negative, made a simple operations error, didn’t reduce the final answer, switched up order of operations, didn’t show their work, and/or forgot to label with units. Generally each student will find a pattern where they do one or two of these regularly. These are simple fixes whose only requirement is attention to changing a habit. It takes mindful intention to neglect old habits and work on building new ones.. Each student who is doing this, is steadily improving in their repertoire of math skills!

For parents with students in CC2, I would like to reiterate that these students have access to their books online. This is a good resource for getting your head around math concepts in CPM Core Connections, Course 2, Parent Guide with Extra Practice:

Thank you for sharing your amazing students!
Carrie and India

Link to the Interactions in Physical Science Textbook:

*NOTE: Ridgeline Middle School students may ONLY access this link using their ridgeline email address.*

Link to sign in to the CPM textbooks:
Students are to sign in using Google and their Ridgeline Email address.