Recent Announcements

  • Back to School Night August 23, 2016
    Posted Aug 23, 2016, 5:35 PM by Starla Negin
  • Back to School Night Wednesday, August 26, 2015
    Dinner 5-5:30 pm
    Classroom visits 5:30 - 7:00 pm
    Senior Meeting 7:00 - 7:30 pm
    Posted Aug 26, 2015, 7:47 AM by Starla Negin
  • 9/24/14 SVHS Parent Math Night at FIMS at 5:30
    This Wednesday is the Fort Irwin Parent Math Night at Fort Irwin Middle School.  If you have questions about the new Common Core Standards or our new CPM curriculum, please attend.  Dinner will be served.  Please rsvp by emailing Ms. Negin or returning the announcement slip that was sent home with your child.
    Posted Sep 22, 2014, 7:45 AM by Starla Negin
  • Team Test on Chapter 1 in Integrated Math 1 Friday, August 29

    Posted Aug 27, 2014, 3:25 PM by Starla Negin
  • AP Calculus
    The solutions to most of the review handouts I gave you are attached to the AP Calculus page.  Click on the link to that page in the left sidebar.  
    Posted May 2, 2014, 3:56 PM by Starla Negin
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 Contact Information
 Starla Negin
Room H3
 Silver Valley High School
 760-254-2963 ext. 2283
  Courses Taught

Integrated Math 1
Math Support
Integrated Math 3/Honors
 A.P. Calculus
 *See the sidebar for links to specific course  pages.

New Standards – A New Approach

The Silver Valley High School Mathematics Department has implemented the new Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.  For more information about Common Core State Standards, visit http://www.cde.ca.gov/re/cc/. We are excited about the new program we will be using, College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM).  CPM is fully aligned with the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices and with the content standards for each subject.  CPM course designs are based on important learning principles and successful teaching strategies. CPM is a mathematics curriculum that centers around structured investigation and problem solving in collaborative teams, an approach that is backed by over 30 years of research indicating that cooperative learning is a more effective way than direct instruction for students of all ages to learn most concepts – and is especially effective for students learning non-linguistic concepts (Qin, op.cit.). This is true for students at all levels, from remedial to gifted. For more detailed information about the CPM program, visit their website at http://www.cpm.org/There is a parent section where parents/guardians will find information about the design of the course, its research base, Parent Guides, Homework Help, and much more.

Frustration with the New Program

    It is natural to feel intimidated and/or frustrated when faced with a major change.  Students may have a difficult time adjusting to new standards and a new way of learning mathematics.  
    Students may feel that they are not 'getting it.'  It is important to keep in mind that I do not expect mastery of a concept immediately after it is taught.  The CPM program is designed to foster mastery over time.  That means that after a concept is introduced, it will be reinforced and built on throughout the rest of the course.  Students may not master a concept or skill for weeks or months after it is taught.  That is okay.  My grading procedures will reflect this idea.  I will look for progress toward mastery.  Low scores can be forgiven (dropped) if mastery or progress is shown later.

    There is a lot of research behind moving away from the traditional lecture style of teaching and relying on more interactive, collaborative teaching models. Follow this link to just one of many articles about it. It focuses on a physics professor at Harvard who uses peer instruction.  The Twilight of the Lecture.