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MATH 8 INFORMATION

Our Curriculum
We will be using CPM Core Connections 3 to guide our learning this year.  This will be a significant change for many students.  The emphasis is on building a deeper conceptual understanding of mathematical concepts and practices.  Students will struggle.  It is an important part of the learning process.  They will have the opportunity to figure the concepts out for themselves.  This process, including the struggle, will enable them truly understand the curriculum, and will also develop "life-skills" that will help to prepare them for their futures.


Math 8 students can expect:
  • Collaboration (working in a group) almost every day.
  • Accountability for their contribution to group activities.
  • Frequent presentations that require them to explain their thinking.
  • Repeated opportunities to demonstrate that they have mastered a concept.
  • Problems that they have not been taught how to solve.
  • Mistakes, a lot of them! This is how we learn.
  

DESIGN  LAB INFORMATION
Design Lab classes should build students' understanding of Design Thinking, foster their creativity, and build their skills in a variety of areas. Student are encouraged to take risks, try new things, and challenge themselves. Standard grading is, therefore, inappropriate. Student grades will be based on effort, enthusiasm, and self-reflection. No student will receive less than a "B."