Math: It's All About Understanding

Check Out How We Do Math in Mr. Nickel's Class

Growth Mindset=Mathematical Mindset

Growth Mindset vs. Fixed Mindset

Change in Approach to Math

1. Approach with the desire to understand it and think about it.

2. Do this with confidence so that you can make sense of it.

3. Approach it with a mathematical mindset. Know that math is a subject with you grow in. Your role is to learn and think about new ideas.


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Apply Math to Real Life Situations/Problem Solving

During our math unit this year we will look at:

  • How are math concepts related?
  • How is math present in my every day life?
  • What goals do I have in math? My steps am I going to take to accomplish those goals?
  • Really focus on showing our thinking and demonstrating understanding.

A Week in 4MA: How Our Schedule Works

Monday: Introduce lesson through Zearn or Dreambox. Students work for 30-35 minutes taking notes on the lesson before it is taught. Lesson is introduced along with a problem solving strategy.

Tuesday: Whole class lesson for 30 minutes then small group review for students having trouble. Students that understand the skill work together in groups in packet, as well as on tasks.

Wednesday: Assess students on the lesson. Students complete Zearn/Dreambox for the second lesson taking notes on the lesson before it is taught. If time, teacher introduces lesson to the class.

Thursday: Whole class lesson for 30 minutes then small group review for students having trouble. Students that understand the skill work together in groups in packet, as well as on tasks.

Friday: Review Games/Activities/Quick Assessment


Note: Depending on students' understanding, the weekly schedule will change. Depending on the need some students might also work on their math facts.


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Six Units

Unit1: Place Value

Unit2: Estimation and Computation

Unit 3: Division

Unit 4: Exponents and Order of Operations

Unit 5: Geometry Explorations

Unit 6: Fractions and Decimals

Unit 7: Addition/Subtraction of Fractions and Mixed Numbers

Math Practice Standards

Throughout each of the units, we will focus on some of the math standards when solving problems. The focus is not getting the right answer, but being able to explain your reasoning for getting that answer.
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Math Practice Standards

  1. Allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the subject material.

  2. Involve more rigor, using more critical thinking skills.

  3. Focus is on being able to explain how to find the answer instead of just finding the right answer.

  4. Emphasizes depth over breadth.

  5. Apply knowledge to real world situations.


Most of all:

Prepare students for the real world using 21st Century Skills.


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Key Focuses of Math

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Homework

  • Will give the opportunity for reflection and active investigation at home.
  • Time will be given in class to complete homework/activities.
  • Spend time reflecting on errors or confusions.
  • Work towards developing a math mindset. Helping students believe that math is about thinking, sense making, big ideas, and connections-not about memorization(Boaler, 2016).
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Focus on Habits of Successful People

1. Feel comfortable being wrong.

2. Try seemingly wild ideas.

3. Are open to different experiences.

4. Play with ideas without judging them.

5. Are willing to go against traditional ideas.

5. Keep going through difficulties.