7th Grade Math will be taken by almost all 7th graders. We will be using the Course 2 book from the Prentice Hall series for middle school.
The most important thing that I would like your child to get out of this year is that math makes sense. As a class we are going to work very hard to find methods of solving problems that make sense to each student. The best way to learn math is by struggling to solve problems. What that means is that students have to think hard in this class. If a student doesn't immediately see how to do a problem, I am not going to tell him how to do it. He will work to develop his own way of solving problems, so that his method will make sense to him. If your child is having trouble with an assignment, encourage her to first go through the assignment and do all the problems that she can, then go back to any problems that she skipped. Sometimes a student may benefit from putting the assignment away for the night, and looking at any problems that she skipped in the morning. Homework is a learning experience, and a student may not be able to complete every problem, that is okay as long as that student has given 100% of her effort to solve the problems.
Grading in this class comes from assessments. If a student has not fully learned a topic or skill before an assessment, they will be given the chance to redo they portions of that assessment that do not show proficiency. Throughout each chapter I will give ungraded checkups and quizzes. These ungraded assessments allow each student and myself to evaluate her understanding of a concept or set of concepts up to that point, and make adjustments in instruction as needed.
All assignments for the year are listed on Edmodo. Contact me if you would like to set up an account to view assignments.