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7th Grade Math
Contact Information

Communication between your home and our classroom is a major factor in a student's academic success. Therefore, students and parents are welcome to email me at kicinskdeb@slcs.org with any questions you have throughout the school year.


Homework


Homework is assigned periodically to help reinforce learned skills.  Google Classroom will be used to post homework assignments along with the resources needed to complete our assignments.  Please email me if you wish to have Guardian access to Google Classroom.

We do not have regular, nightly math practice homework.  We will be using our online practice tool ALEKS beginning mid-way through the first quarter and continuing throughout the remainder of the school year.  

ALEKS is our primary tool for math practice and therefore is our primary homework resource.  Students are expected to master 5 or more topics each week, which on average requires approximately 10 minutes per topic for a total of 50 minutes per week.  If a student masters the expected 5 topics in fewer than 50 minutes, I do expect the student to continue learning until the full 50 minutes has been met for the week.  Additional information about ALEKS can be found under the ALEKS heading listed below.

In addition to ALEKS, we will have periodic assignments to sketchnote about specifically assigned topics.  Sketchnoting requires students to present information in an organized format, and includes both text and graphical representations, such as arrows, shapes, and other doodles.  Sketchnoting helps students to communicate information about topics of study to an audience.   


ALEKS Practice Information

ALEKS is a researched-based online math program that offers individualized instruction and practice, by identifying specific ready to learn skills for each student.  ALEKS guides students on a custom learning path through specific modules, called pie slices.  Students can view their progress using various reports, review previously mastered skills and print worksheets for independent practice offline.  For additional information, please visit the ALEKS website at www.ALEKS.com.   

We will be using ALEKS throughout the school year both in class and outside of class.  ALEKS does require Internet access, always available at school if the internet is not accessible at home.  Students may schedule time to come to our classroom after dismissal from 2:30 - 3:15pm most days, to access their ALEKS account in order to meet their weekly practice requirement.

ALEKS is not used for any numeric grade averages.  ALEKS practice times are monitored regularly to ensure that students are progressing academically. Students are expected to complete one hour of ALEKS practice time each week.

Please see the Assignments page for further information.

New York State Question Sampler

We will be using an on-line computer based test format for this year's Math Assessment.  The Math Assessment tests will be administered during the period, May 1-8, 2018.

Please use the link below to access the Question Sampler for student review and practice.

New York State Grades 3-8 Testing Question Sampler
 


Why do we study mathematics?

Mathematics is defined as the science of pattern and relationships.  It is not just computations and rules, but is a process of figuring things out or making sense of things.  As we study math, we are looking for patterns of regularity and logical order and relationships between numbers.  We look for patterns and relationships in education, science, business, government, medicine, manufacturing and society.
 
A small percent of high school graduates actually use the advanced mathematics skills studied in school.  So, why take math classes?  Here are 2 reasons.  
  1. Understanding mathematics helps students strengthen their ability to think about and understand our world.  Math helps students grow their brains, identify relationships and make decisions.

  2. Research shows that students who take advanced math have higher income levels 10 years after graduating.

    Being Prepared for Class

    In order to be a successful learner in class, I ask that all students come each day prepared with the following supplies:
    • 3 quality writing instruments - one to lose, one to break and one to use!  Pens and pencils are welcome.  I prefer dark ink colors such as blue, black, and purple.  I also ask that you do not use pink, red or orange ink colors.

    • A notebook - a 3-subject notebook should last the entire school year.  Smaller notebooks are welcome, allowing students to start fresh periodically throughout the year.

    • A double-pocket folder - to organize handouts and class assignment papers.

    Use of Technology

    Throughout the school year, we will be using technology frequently. We will be using the school issued chromebooks daily in our classroom.  We also use Google Classroom for our assignments and resources.  Please check the Google Classroom for all assignment due dates, resources and information.  If any parent would like  guardian access to our Google Classroom, please forward you email information to me at kicinskdeb@slcs.org and I will invite you through the Google Classroom program.



    To access resources from our class, click on the Math Wall link below.

    7th Grade Math Wall