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Welcome to 2018/2019 Math 6 Students & Parents!
I am so incredibly excited to kick off this new school year with this amazing group of students. It's only been two days and I already love their enthusiasm, work ethic, kindness and sense of humour. I'm really feeling quite lucky to have such a sweet group of students. Thank you!! Here's some quick info on current need to knows... 1) Please sign up for Remind (instructions below) so you are not only aware of important due dates etc, but you can message me at any time to chat or for more information. 2) We will be using FreshGrade this year as a digital portfolio of student work, and as a markbook. Close to report card time I will then put the marks from FreshGrade into PowerSchool where the report card is printed from. 3) We are all math learners. It's so important to me that students understand they are never expected to get 100% on their first attempt at something. In math there will be struggles, sometimes we will be wrong, but the most important thing is that we keep trying and we replace the phrase "I can't do it" with "I can't do it YET" or the phrase "I don't get it" with "I don't get it YET." We need to practice to be better just like with sports. 4) There's no such thing as a dumb question from students or parents. I'm here to help students and parents work through the math curriculum while growing our problem solving skills and connecting math to real life. Never be afraid to ask :) 
What's Guided Math?!
This year in Math 6 we are going to mostly be using a Guided Math model. If you were to walk into class this would look like stations. Why are we doing this? Here's my top 5! 1) More closely aligned with the workshop model (school goal) 2) Gives me more concentrated time for small group instruction 3) Allows for learning at different levels 4) Gives students more freedom to select what they need to practice 5) Exposes students to basic math facts, practice of the concept, teacher time, technology and hands on activities for every lesson! How does it work?  Students are split into 4 flexible groupings  There are 4 centers that each student must visit and complete in 120 minutes  M  Math Facts (usually with technology)  A  At your desk (practice with the concept)  T  Teacher Time  H  Hands On Math At each station there is an assignment that needs to be completed. Typically, At your seat is from the textbook and Teacher Time is handed in. 
Pinterest Page
There are a ton of fantastic resources on Pinterest for math 6! Here's the page I am compiling the Math 6 resources on. If you would like to explore it, feel free to see if there is anything applicable amoungst the worksheets, videos, games and activities posted! 
Online Textbook
Did you forget your textbook at home? Here's the online version you can use! Math Makes Sense Digital Text  check under the "files" at the bottom of the page for the digital copy of the text on each unit page. 
Routines
Since the start of the new semester I have been working with the grade 6 math class on our math routine. It looks a little like this: Math Journal & Anchor Activity
MiniLesson
Practice
Games & Extension activities
FreshGrade

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