Friday, 25 September 2015


Jody and Karim and I are working together again this year for Math.  All of the Grade 7 students from the three class are with Karim and Jody and I have split the remaining students into two heterogeneous groups.

Grades Fives and Sixes
We have begun the year with a study of Data Analysis.  Hopefully you've had a chance to discuss the "Big Ideas of Data Analysis" with your child.  It is our goal to make the Big Ideas in Math explicit through the tasks we undertake and the questions we ask and consider.  Both instruction and assessment are planned by considering relevant big ideas and what they mean.

We have also begun an ongoing study of historical mathematicians.  We first met Archimedes and discovered the remarkable contributions he made that are to this day both relevant and valuable.  Ask your child why he is sometimes referred to as the "Greek Streaker"!

Grade Sevens
The students working with Karim are also studying Data Analysis.  They have been introduced to the IXL web based Math Program where students can log in on line and work on skills related to the Math curriculum.  Students will be encouraged to spend 20 minutes in the evening  examining concepts that have been introduced in class.  Students are working diligently in class and are excited about analyzing data in the real world.

All of our students are being asked to take their planners to Math to record any assignments or homework.  For those students not yet fluent with their timestables, ten to fifteen minutes of daily practice will go a long way!

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