Math News from Room 216
Welcome to Room 216 for Math
While I am the primary instructor of the class, I work very closely with Mrs. Dettmann and Mr. Humphrey throughout the planning phases. We anticipate keeping the groups fluid with opportunity to expand our learning through collaboration. If you have any concerns about your student's math instruction, please notify me directly. Thank you.
Weekly problem solving assignments are distributed through Google Classroom. These are affectionately termed, "POWs" and are due each Friday morning. A sample POW is introduced early in the week (generally Mondays) that will highlight the strategy being taught. Students are expected to work 10 - 15 minutes per night on the POW in addition to the 10 - 15 minutes for the nightly assignment. Done a little at a time these assignments are manageable. Students who procrastinate and attempt the entire POW assignment on Thursday night are often dissatisfied with their efforts and the amount of time required for completion. It is best to look over the homework on Monday and prepare any questions to bring to class on Tuesday.
Lastly, each student received a graph paper spiral notebook to take notes in and read nightly. Given the makeup of the class, and their collective ability, I ask each student to review the notes each evening. If they have questions, they need to compose them in their minds (or on a notecard) to ask the next day. The pace of instruction is determined by the level of understanding of the students. We work on bravery in math class. Each of us needs confidence in question asking. It takes bravery to ask what you may feel is a "silly" question. Please help me support your child by encouraging him or her to ask questions. If they don't understand something, the chances are that there are several of their peers that are a tad confused as well.