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Mr. Hyson - Grade 6-8 Math


Mr. Hyson's 6th, 7th & 8th Grade Math

     All middle school students and/or parents are able to pick-up a packet that has been prepared for them on Friday, March 20th from 8am to 4pm. These packets will be available in the student's homerooms that consists of the content and/or curriculum that would have been taught over the next two weeks. Along with their packets, students will also be allowed to pick up and take their Chromebooks with them for any/all online course work that may be required.
     Over the next two weeks, staff members here at Colebrook will periodically be reaching out to parents/students to see how they are doing emotionally and academically. Please feel free to let these individuals know if there is anything that you may need. Inside the packet the middle school students will also receive a contact list of emails should you feel more comfortable emailing the appropriate individual.

All Math Classes:
   Students will be assigned a Study Island assignment over the course of this closing, as well as content from either their textbook or supplemental material provided. Almost all of the material is to be submitted on Google Classroom, or due the first day upon return.
   Please Encourage your student to use the videos that are being posted on Google Classroom to help further their understanding on the classroom discussions beyond what is being instructed or in the textbook.
   I am currently looking at other methods of contact to support students, such as Google meeting and/or discord, and will let you know more soon.

2017-2018 Math

Study Island ASSIGNMENT: A new assignment is active from March 23rd to April 5th. Study Island is not normally assigned over the course of the 4th quarter for math as we focus on end-of-year content, quarter projects, and preparation of state testing, but we'll have to see when we are returning to school.

Study Island: Each assignment has two parts to it, which they have two weeks to complete (due by the end of the day on the day posted), that students are asked to attempt at the best of their ability. The assignments posted count as 10% of their grade so students should start working on these as soon as possible, and their best session (group of 10 questions) is what is counted towards their grade; please encourage them to ask for help if needed.

What is Study Island?

     Study Island is a computer-based program that all students at the CES are using throughout the school year to help increase their curriculum skills. This program started at the CES in the middle school grade levels focusing on students' mathematics before becoming a part of the Language Arts. This program is now being used in all grades to reinforce what is being taught in the classroom, and in some classes it also allows students the option to self-teach themselves on topics not covered yet. Each student has their own unique log-in and password that can be accessed anywhere that has internet, no disks or software is needed. The assignments may vary per teacher, but as far as my own classroom students tend to have two topics assigned with a two-week window for completion.

Student incentives?
     As students become proficient in one of the many topics regarding middle school mathematics, the students will earn a blue ribbon for that content. Students will record these blue ribbons on their own progress map which provides them with a reward that can be used in math class to help with their individual grades. These rewards consists of bonus points, free 100 on a quiz, drop your lowest grade, and to our ultimate goal of a pizza party at the end of the year for those that complete the blue ribbon map. This year there is also an overall incentive that is taking place with all students at the CES with progress charts showing the blue ribbons being earned by each grade level.

Extra Resources
  •      The National Council of Teaching Mathematics (NCTM) has a really good website with puzzles, brainteasers, and grade level content at http://illuminations.nctm.org/
  •      A good interactive site that allows students to review concepts they would see in the classroom can be found at https://www.buzzmath.com/
     If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to contact me. mhyson@csd.sau7.org