Math and "The Struggle" - it's a good thing
In moments when students are not understanding, we often find ourselves trying to explain more clearly. But sometimes, more teacher and parent talk doesn't offer clarity. When we consistently lean on trying to "explain" as a primary tool, we teach our kids that we are the dispensers of information and they are the consumers. Instead of jumping into showing the way, we should provide the tools and time to encourage cognitive struggle to get students doing more while you say less.
Removing the struggle for students also removes the cognitive heavy lifting that leads to deep learning and understanding.
The CPM and Math Expressions materials we use in SLP align with teaching kids to think critically rather than rote memorization of an algorithm. Teachers start with a question to solve, then:
- Students partner with classmates to provide feedback to each other and work through the problem while the teacher continues to question the group to lead them to a solution.
- Students show their work and thinking by using pictures, manipulatives and explain their thinking to others.
Grade 5 students worked on the following problem - "Teri and Jon each have a granola bar from their dad. Teri ate 2/5 of hers. Jon ate 2/3 of his. Who ate more? Exactly how much more?"
Grade 7 students worked on solving - "How many different boxes can you create to hold 64 cubic inches of cereal? Which box has the least amount of surface area to create the least amount of waste for the cereal company?"
Grade 5 Report Cards
The Grade 5 Report Cards did not print the key for the marks given and some of the standards were cut off. Please click here to view a template of the report card with all the standards and see below for the key of the marks:
Marks for the Standards:
- E - Exceeds
- S - Standard
- AS - Approaching Standard
- MS - Minimal Progress towards Standard
- NA - Not Applicable (not reported on at this time/not taught yet)
- NG - No Grade
Marks for the Work Habits:
- C - Consistently
- ST - Sometimes
- I - Improvement Needed
We have adjusted the lunch scheduled based on the feedback from our 8th-grade students and staff. The 8th graders will no longer have a split class where students go to fifth period, have lunch and then finish the fifth period. Instead of pushing back lunchtimes for the rest of the students, we moved two teams to earlier times. The new schedule is reflected below and the bold times reflect a change.
|5B & 6D (SI)||10:55 - 11:25 Lunch/Recess|
|Grade 7||11:17 - 11:47|
|6C & 6A||11:50 - 12:20 Lunch/Recess|
|Grade 8||12:10 - 12:40|
|6B||12:40 - 1:10 Lunch/Recess|
|5A||12:45 - 1:15 Lunch/Recess|
|5D (SI)||12:55 - 1:25 Lunch/Recess|
|5C||1 - 1:30 Lunch/Recess|
Reminder: If you are planning on visiting the school to have lunch with your child, please sign into the office. Only people who are labeled on campus may visit during lunchtimes. When bringing in food for your child, please be aware that you should only be providing food for your own child. Due to allergies and other parental concerns, we ask that you not bring in food for others (including birthdays).