Dear Middle School Family,
I'm still working out the bugs in the system as we learn this 100% new Math Program in the Middle School this year. As you can imagine, organizing a system that coordinates math education for 27 individual students at their personal level of math understanding and communication ability is quite a complicated process. If I was just teaching math... it would still be quite an undertaking.
Thanks for being patient and supportive.
Starting this week, your
student's mathematical language development will be monitored in two
"Classes" in Jupiter Grades:
If you want to see where they
are in the big picture of meeting the Common Core math goals, look here in
Jupiter Grades. I've laid out the entire year in Jupiter Grades for how
they have to work to successfully progress through the grade-level math
work. The title of the
Yup.
We have a lot of work to do. I'll be honest: Half of the class is not doing math on a regular basis. If they don't do the math work, they're going to continue to fall behind.
The assignments are short, so short! But the math is language, not just 2+2. We're learning to speak math, which means that we're learning to apply the idea of 2+2 to real-life situations and applications.
Each math assignment guides
the students through a focused mathematical process. They need to
complete the assignment in order to master the process.
Each math assignment shouldn't take more than 30-45 minutes to complete. Each Exit Slip shouldn't take more than 10 minutes. No exaggeration.
If students
For short weeks, we'll shorten the requirement for the grade by 1 (If it's a 2 day week, they will only be required to finish one assignment: A for the week!)
Grades for
Exit Slips must be completed at school, but the math assignments, themselves, can be completed at home.
Some students will require more time and support to complete an assignment, I know. I've created this progress monitor to help your student, and you, their parent, understand how their movement through the math curriculum is going. It's not a judgement of them as a person. It's a communication of the math work they're completing.
We learn by doing, plain and
simple. If you look closely at the academic work your student is supposed
to be doing, you will see a very slow, very determined plan in every subject:
"Wax on, Wax off." "Paint the fence." "Do, or Do
not, there is no 'Try.'" It's all very
High school will come sooner than you think. Real life will come sooner than they can imagine.
The rule of thumb I've
adopted in my house (my son is in our class), is that no matter how caught up
he
If they need more support with the math than you can give them at home, then their 'go-to' at home should be other assignments like current events, or their writing work. They could wrap up their science assignments, or do their map work for Africa. There's always learning work to be done.
Let's talk about how Carrie and I can help your family balance your students' workload between home and school next week at conferences. (They should still be doing most of it at school. There's plenty of time.)
In the meantime, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.
We're in this together, Jon and Carrie |