Seventh Grade Families:
We are off to a great start in the CPM Course Two material. We began the year with an introduction to probability. The students learned to find the likelihood that a specific event will occur. They can now calculate the probabilities of two separate events to decide which event is more likely to happen. They should know the difference between the experimental and theoretical probabilities of events.
In addition, I have given them a pre-assessment of skills that they should have been introduced to so I can determine what skills each individual needs continued work on. I will be focusing on these skills with individuals and small group in the guided lessons in class. Some students will be receiving extra practice sheets in these skills for homework if needed. For students who need less practice in skills they will be working on extensions and challenge problems.
Students have been very engaged in the Math Stations during class time. They are learning the routines of working with partners and taking responsibility to complete the weekly assignments with focus and independence.
We will be moving into Chapter 2 of the CPM course where students will strengthen their abilities in rewriting fractions as decimals and percents so they can compare them; they will explore re-writing fractions as terminating and non-terminating decimals; we will embark on an in-depth study of adding and multiplying positive and negative integers and rational numbers.
It is a pleasure teaching your students and I look forward to an exciting semester engaging in math explorations.
Please e-mail me if you have any questions,