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Math Proposal for Steve McCrea to entice students to do projects

Math Proposal for Steve McCrea to entice students to do projects

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Practice can be completed and then we can do our projects
Practice can be completed and then we can do our projects

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Proposal BEGIN WITH THE END IN MIND -- Stephen R.

Covey, 7 Habits

How can we turn “math class” into “I’m preparing for the SAT and it’s fun” class?
1. The word MATH is a four-letter word and we will try not to use it. Some four letter words spark negative images in people.

2. We want to make “time a viable” and to create independence in students. 3. I want to learn more about Erika Twani’s system, so I want to organize my time to allow myself time to go to other schools.

I like the focus of worksheets. a) It’s something to complete b) Usually one skill is practiced from various angles in a flexible manner c) Worksheets make learning visible.

I am happy to take a pay reduction on days when I’m out of the classroom. You have to hire a substitute teacher so I should pay for that sub out of my paycheck

The aim of the class is to prepare for the SAT. Our goal is to have kids ready to complete the basic problems in math when they are exiting the 8 th grade.

Begin with the end in mind.

The end: students getting high scores on SAT.

How to get there: lots of practice. How to make it possible for students to willingly do the work? Show them that they get “project day” when they are completed with their worksheets.

SWISS CHEESE MATH (find the holes) To know WHAT to teach the student (what are their gaps?), I propose a series of diagnostic tests. I’ve found a collection of free sheets on the internet. http://www.mathmammoth.com/blue-series.php

I propose using those sheets to get students to work their way through and identify their areas of weakness and strength.

My goal is to get students creating their own textbooks. They will enter sample problems and then write the explanations that make sense in their own words. They will practice the skill of summarizing the themes of each chapter of their book and some design sense in laying out the page. On days when I’m visiting Erika Twani’s two schools and meeting with Dr. Fischler, a total of three days in the next 3 months, i.e. one day out each month, the substitute teacher will oversee the completion of worksheets. 100 minutes of doing worksheets? I propose 50 minutes of worksheets and 50 minutes of students videotaping the explanations, showing only their hands and pencil work. I will have three cameras available for students to use in turn. What do you think?

Steve Instead of printed worksheets, I want to have each student OWNING and USING a math journal. They will spend part of their time describing the problem that they need to solve.

THE GOAL: at the end of the year they have a math “textbook” that they have created.

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