### Mathematics

Ms. Soter's Classes

Overview:   My goal is to provide each student with a risk-free environment that promotes respect and the exploration of math.  You will be working in small groups and individually. As a member of a group, you will share your ideas, help others, be helped by others, and listen to different approaches to the same problem: basically you will have the opportunity to take on various roles!  My goal is for you to become confident in math!

This year we will:

• Build new mathematical ideas and connect them to previously developed ideas.
• Practice these ideas in order to be able to use these ideas effectively.
• Combine development of conceptual understanding with practice of basic skills.

Curriculum:  In seventh grade mathematics, students will further develop their skills in the following areas:

Ratios and Proportional Relationships:  I can analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

The Number System:  I can apply and extend previous understandings of operations with fractions to add, subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers.

Expressions and Equations:  I can use properties of operations to generate equivalent expressions.  I can solve real-life and mathematical problems using numerical and algebraic expressions and equations.

Geometry:  I can draw, construct and describe geometrical figures and describe the relationships between them.  I can solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume.

Statistics and Probability:  I can use random sampling to draw inferences about a population.  I can draw informal comparative inferences about two populations.  I can investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability models.

Homework:   Math concepts need to be practiced to develop understanding. I choose my homework problems to achieve the goal of practice, understanding and application. My philosophy is that homework should be meaningful.

* Homework will be assigned every night and should be completed in your Mathematics notebook.
* Must be completed on time (this will allow maximum benefit from class discussion).
* Must be made up if you are absent.  You will have one extra day (for each day of excused absence) to complete missed work.
* Both homework and class work are recorded and graded.  At the end of the term a grade will be assigned for your completed work. The grade is based on effort, showing your work and making sure you correct your homework.
* Nightly homework should take no more than 20 to 25 minutes. Please let me know if this is not the case.

If you are struggling with your homework:
* Go back to review the problems we completed in class (you will have taken notes about this (kept in your Math notebook).  It may be helpful to go back a couple of days.
* Look at the problem and start to write all that you know about the problem.  You will be surprised at how this will help you!  This is also a great test taking strategy.

Assessment:   Multiple forms of assessment will be utilized. My goal is to allow ample opportunity for success. We will have pre-assessments before each unit so that I can learn what each of you already know:  I’ll then plan instruction accordingly.  Each unit will include quizzes, projects, math reflections, and unit tests. All unit tests will require a parent signature and every student will correct any incorrect responses.