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Moments from our 8th Grade Summer Math Academy (part 4)

In John Hartsburg’s class, students are up at boards working equations on number lines. Working on the number line emphasizes the meaning of equality and “undoing” in a way that just writing steps of algebra work into papers sometimes misses.  In addition, John uncovers interesting number sense issues as students explain their thinking. The problem:… Continue reading Moments from our 8th Grade Summer Math Academy (part 4)

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Moments from our 8th Grade Summer Math Academy (part 3)

A few doors down in the classroom of Pam Cruz I find  a different use for visual patterns. (visualpatterns.org)  She also begin with pattern 2. After a little discussion about whether the pattern is increasing or decreasing, Pam moves students to a table to examine the way the figures are changing.  Pam asks the students how… Continue reading Moments from our 8th Grade Summer Math Academy (part 3)

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Moments from our 8th Grade Summer Math Academy (part 2)

This morning found me sitting in the back of Elizabeth Brown’s  8th Grade Summer Academy class. Opening activity: Dot talks. I always enjoy Dot Talks because I love hearing student thinking and the variety of ways that people perceive things. Most students were quiet in their participation and Elizabeth worked to draw them into conversation.… Continue reading Moments from our 8th Grade Summer Math Academy (part 2)

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Moments from our 8th Grade Summer Math Academy (part 1)

Another season, another new adventure in making a difference for our students.  This summer we launched the 8th Grade Summer Math Academy for our students who struggled in Math 8.  The academy is focused on standards that are most essential for success in the first semester of Math 1. Days are rich with math modeling,… Continue reading Moments from our 8th Grade Summer Math Academy (part 1)