Thanks, Sheila! I am looking forward to teaching math, but I am nervous. I
know I will really miss teaching reading (although I won't miss grading
I like the idea of the timed tests. Do you offer incentives for the
students for your timed tests, or how do you get them to take them
seriously? Do you actually count them as part of your grades?
Was the workshop you attended a math only workshop, differentiated
instruction, etc.? Are there any similar workshops you would recommend?
[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Sheila Shaffer
Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2007 3:35 PM
To: Discussion list for LEARNING MATH: PATTERNS, FUNCTIONS, AND ALGEBRA
Subject: Re: [Channel-talkalgebra] Anyone?
Just another idea from a math teacher who is also certified in English....
You have the unique opportunity to really teach students that math is a
language, root words, suffuxes, prefixes, etc. I
If you are meeting them for 90 minutes every day and are worried about basic
skills, you have plenty of time to do this with them. What about spending
some time (once or twice a week, at first) doing five minute
add/subtract/multiply/divide timed sheets. Readily available from sites
I strongly agree with the person who wrote that the students need to not
lose that they first learned to read -2 as "the opposite of" 2. They lose
this and it causes problems.
There are also SONGS galore out there for math. I attended a workshop and
was told that if I wasn't singing with my middle school students, they were
missing out. If you don't sing, you can approach it as poetry;get the
students involved in writing and you might just be amazed. EX: Twinkle,
twinkle little star.... Circumference equals two pi r. Twice the radius
equals d; d is diameter as you see. Now you have a circle where area equals
pi r squared!!
Enjoy! I miss teaching a good piece of literature, but I love teaching
From: firstname.lastname@example.org on behalf of Mrs. Dudones
Sent: Wed 4/4/2007 9:00 PM
Subject: [Channel-talkalgebra] Anyone?
Is there anyone else taking this class at this time?
Mrs. Julie Dudones
Seventh Grade Reading and Eighth Grade Language Arts
Roberts Middle School
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Received on Wed Apr 25 08:55:58 2007