Middle School Math

May 2016


You are awesome! Thank you for your commitment to the teaching profession and to the students of Blount County!
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Lesson Ideas!

This is an interesting approach to assessment. What do you think?
The video below is actually of a problem solving FAL. MDC teachers will already know what I am talking about, but ALL teachers can benefit from the approach to learning that is demonstrated.

Just a little summer reading...

Do you want to refine your professional practice over the summer? Check out these books!

Embedded Formative Assessment by Dylan Wiliam is an excellent resource for your professional library! Amazon.com says this: "Formative assessment plays an important role in increasing teacher quality and student learning when it's viewed as a process rather than a tool. Emphasizing the instructional side of formative assessment, this book explores in-depth the use of classroom questioning, learning intentions and success criteria, feedback, collaborative and cooperative learning, and self-regulated learning to engineer effective learning environments for students."

Buy it here!

Questioning for Classroom Discussion (Walsh & Sattes, 2015) is a great resource as well! One of the authors, Jackie Walsh, is a lead consultant for the Alabama Best Practices Center. Here is a synopsis of the book from ascd.org:

"Skills students develop through questioning and discussion are critical to academic achievement, career success, and active citizenship in a democratic society. They also have great potential to engage students at the highest levels of thinking and learning. The extent to which this potential is realized, of course, depends on individual teachers who embrace these practices, make them their own, and realize that this process requires a true partnership with students. With that in mind, Questioning for Classroom Discussion presents and analyzes the DNA of productive discussions—teacher-guided, small-group, and student-driven."

Purchase it here.

Upcoming Events

Resource Center Summer Hours

The Resource Center will be open the following dates from 8:30am-4:30pm.

July 18-20, 25-27

August 1-4

You are welcome to come and work during those times.

You may also email Pam Minyard at pminyard@blountcountyschools.net for requests (posters, die-cuts, laminating, etc).

MDC New Teacher Training

Wednesday, July 20th, 8:30am-3:30pm

62561 U.S. 231

Cleveland, AL

You will receive a letter soon should you be asked to participate this year.

7th Grade Math PLC

Tuesday, July 26th, 8:30am-3:30pm

62561 U.S. 231

Cleveland, AL

All 7th Grade Math teachers are requested to attend. We will be revising power standards and pacing for the 2016-2017 school year.