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MATH 7 INFORMATION

Our Curriculum
We will be using CPM Core Connections 2 to guide our learning this year. .  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 7 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." 



Science  7 INFORMATION

Our Curriculum
In order to prepare students for college and careers in STEM related fields, the State of California has adopted the Next Generation Science Standards. Instead of using a textbook, we will be examining phenomena in the world and investigating the biology, chemistry and physical science involved. 

Students will keep an interactive notebook to help them build and record their conceptual understanding.

Science 7 students can expect:
  • Recording and sharing their ideas on a variety of topics.
  • Collaboration and learning from peers.
  • Accountability for their contribution to group activities.
  • Frequent laboratory activities.
  • Refining their work throughout a unit.
  • Mistakes, a lot of them! This is how we learn.