Meet Mrs. Bresson

My name is Jolene Bresson and I am your child’s 7th grade homeroom and 5th-8th grade mathematics teacher.  This is my second year teaching at St. Paul Lutheran School and I eagerly wait to encounter the exciting journey God has planned for this school year.    I am thrilled to be back in a smaller, close knit teaching community where I can influence and work with each of my students individually.  In 2004, I graduated from North Central College in Naperville with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in mathematics.  I know, a crazy combination, but I enjoy mathematics and helping students grasp the complex concepts.

Number Talks

New for the 2016-2017 school year, I will facilitate NUMBER TALKS in each of my math classes.  What are Number Talks you ask?  Number Talks are short, student-led discussions about a given mental math problem.  That's right!  No pencil or paper needed!  Students will solve the problem mentally and then discuss how they solved it with a partner and the class.

According to Making Number Talks Matter by Cathy Humphreys and Ruth Parker,  Number Talks are "about helping students take back the authority of their own reasoning through a short 15 minute daily routine in which they reason mentally with numbers."  Number Talks allow the students to lead the math discussion and the teacher listens and facilitates.

In my math classes, we will do Number Talks about 3 days a week.  My goal is to improve St Paul's students' mental math, problem solving, and communication skills.   I want them to realize that there are many different ways to solve a problem, but they need to be able to DEFEND their thoughts while still accepting others' thoughts.  Hopefully, you will see more students thinking outside the box and being more confident with their math skills.

Math Resource Time

I will begin to meet with small groups of students during study hall to provide extra support in math.

This is the schedule:

        Mondays - 5th and 6th grade

        Thursdays - 7th and 8th grade

Please contact me if you know your student would benefit from extra support with me.

7th Grade Confirmation Memory

Confirmation memory will be due by the end of the day on Thursdays. Students can say the memory and explain the meaning before school, lunch/recess time, or study hall.

10/20 - Proverbs 3:5 & 1st Commandment

10/27 - Psalms 50:15 & 2nd Commandment

11/3 - Hebrews 10:24-25 & 3rd Commandment

11/10 - Colossians 3:20 & 4th Commandment

11/17 - Matthew 25:40 & 5th Commandment

12/1 - Colossians 3:17 & 6th Commandment

12/8 - Philippians 2:4 & 7th Commandment

12/15 - 1 Corinthians 13:6 & 8th Commandment

1/12/17 - 9th & 10th Commandments

1/19/17 - Close of Commandments

New Math Textbooks

Thanks to the hard-work and support through fundraising, we have new math textbooks for 7th and 8th grade classes.  We will be using Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's Big Ideas Math.  This is the same publisher as GO Math that the Kindergarten through 6th grade use.  Among other teachers from the area (Stillman Valley and Rochelle School Districts), I am super excited to use these books .

Thank you to all who participated in the fundraisers.  We have a great opportunity with this wonderful resource to expand students' learning!