# LPIS 8th Grade Math Classes

### Welcome to math! I have taught middle school math for the past 11 years. I believe passionately that all students can do math. Having a growth mindset is the most important key to success in math. Being willing to try and not being afraid to make mistakes and learn from them is the biggest key to math achievement. Mathematical problem solving and critical thinking are skills that surpass the classroom. These skills are everyday life skills. With hard-work and perseverance, math class can be a place to learn to think outside the box and take risks; a place for students to be in charge of their learning and think critically about problems they encounter.

"Taking math courses matters. Research studies have established that the more math classes students take, the higher their earnings ten years later, with advanced math courses predicting an increase in salary as high as 19.5% ten years after high school. Research has also found that students who take advanced math classes learn ways of working and thinking - especially learning to reason and be logical - that make them more productive in their jobs. Students taking advanced math learn how to approach mathematical situations so that once they are employed, they are promoted to more demanding and highly paid positions than those who did not take mathematics to advanced levels." - Rose & Betts (2004). The Effect of High School Courses on Earnings. *Review of Economics and Statistics*, 86(2), 497-513

## Daily Pre-Algebra Class Agenda

## Daily Algebra Class Agenda

### Problem-based question: 15 minutes

### Lesson: 35 minutes (located on the Pearson Realize website.)

### Practice: 40 minutes

### Lesson Quiz: 15 minutes

Lessons are over 2 days (times will adjust for the occasional one day lesson). Homework on the first night is a practice page from the textbook. This is checked the next day while students work in stations and students keep it to reflect on mistakes. Homework on the second night will vary. All work can be located on Google Classroom and/or the Pearson Realize website.

### Question Meeting: 10 minutes

### Questions on Lesson Notes: 15 minutes

### Concept Practice & Problem Task: 30 minutes

Nightly Homework is the lesson reflection, new lesson notes, & lesson "quiz" for the next class. All on Google Classroom.

# Communication

Per school policy, you can expect a notification email from me every two weeks should there be concerns about your students grade and/or class behavior. Please take note that these emails are most often sent in an automated fashion so no identifying information will be included. Should you ever have questions following these emails, please contact me. Please include your student's name in all e-mail contact.

While email is always the easiest way to reach me, it is best only for short communication or simple questions. For a more in-depth conversation about anything happening in math class, please contact me to set up a time to meet. Normal office hours are Wednesdays from 3:45-4:15 but I am happy to find another time that works for all of us.