Presentation on theme: "Math Acceleration in the Middle School"— Presentation transcript:
1 Math Acceleration in the Middle School 6th Graders taking Math 7HWednesday, April 14, 2010Shenendehowa Central School District
2 Presented by… Brittany Miller Carrie Peverly Accelerated Math 7H Teacher (6th Grade)Shenendehowa Middle SchoolsAcadia ~ Gowana ~ KodaCarrie PeverlyMathematics Academic AdministratorShenendehowa Central School DistrictGrades 6 – 12
3 Parent & Student Info Meeting ObjectivesReview recommendation processShare information about Math 7HDiscuss how taking Math 7H as a 6th grader will effect your child’s daily schedule (in as well as in the years ahead)Answer parent/student questions
4 Recommendation Process for Accelerated Math 7H (6th grade) Students typically enter accelerated Math 7H through one of two pathways:Students who have been accelerated in 5th grade and have taken (and passed) 6th grade Math are automatically enrolled into accelerated Math 7H for their 6th grade school year.OR
5 TOMAGS are administered to the high ability 5th grade Math groups as well as those students not in a high ability 5th grade Math group but who scored a Level 4 on the NYS Grade 4 Mathematics Exam.The TOMAGS results, NYS Mathematics Assessment Scores, Gifted Rating Scale, Teacher Recommendation, and/or Parent Recommendation (among other determining factors) are then examined and a decision to accelerate in 6th grade to the Math 7H course is made.
6 TOMAGS“The Test of Mathematical Abilities for Gifted Students (TOMAGS) is a standardized, norm-referenced test designed to assess mathematical talent in children 6 through 12 years old. The TOMAGS requires students to use mathematical reasoning and problem-solving skills to understand how to communicate mathematically to solve problems. The test was designed to identify students who have talent or giftedness in mathematics.” Pro-Ed Inc. (www.proedinc.com)Open-ended questions presented in a problem-solving formatStudents are scored and compared to gifted populationNYS assessments v TOMAGS…what does each one assess?
7 Our Acceleration Philosophy “Challenge without overwhelming”Accelerated Student ContractShenendehowa provides accelerated programs not only to satisfy state mandates, but also to meet the needs of our diverse community of learners.Being an accelerated student means more than having a strong work ethic. These courses are designed for students who not only have a strong academic aptitude, but students who are driven to learn. It is not only more difficult work, but classes that move at a quicker pace and require inherent student motivation. Accelerated students are eager to participate and consistently provide high quality work.
8 History of Accel. Math 7H (6th grade) studentsstudentsstudents(Recommendation process change)studentsstudentsstudents
9 When does a student take the Accelerated Math 7H class? The class is offered as part of their regular daily scheduleInstead of taking Math 6, identified students are scheduled to take accelerated Math 7H during their math time.Single period vs. Block schedulingOnly 6th graders and grouped by school
10 Accelerated Math 7H Curriculum Unit #1: Whole Numbers (Algebra)Unit #2: IntegersUnit #3: Number TheoryUnit #4: Pythagorean TheoremUnit #5: Base 10Unit #6: StatisticsUnit #7: ProbabilityUnit #8: GeometryUnit #9: AlgebraUnit #10: AnglesUnit #11: Proportions
11 Ability vs. Effort Identification indicates strong math ability Effort/organization/time managementAdjustment to Middle SchoolMonitoring of student progressSelf-advocacyExtra help
12 What happens after Math 7H? Some students may be recommended to continue with single acceleration.This means they would be taking the Math 8H course as 7th graders.
13 Geometry/ Geometry Honors Single Acceleration TrackGrade6789101112Math7H8HAlgebraHonorsGeometry/ Geometry Honors2 & TrigPre-CalcorAP StatsAPCalcAB orBCor AP StatsMSHSW(9th)HSE(10th -12th)
14 What happens after Math 7H? Some students may be recommended to double accelerate.This means they would be taking the Algebra Honors course as 7th graders.
16 Math 7H Summer WorkContains review materials from the 6th grade NYS Math curriculum. Students in accelerated Math 7H are expected to be proficient in these concepts regardless if they have previously taken the 6th grade Math course or not.Concepts covered in the packet include (but are not limited to): fractions, decimals, rates/proportions/percents, geometry, and measurement.
17 Students must turn in the Summer Work Packet by the end of the first week of school and they will be tested on the material within the first few weeks of the first quarter.Portions of the packet will count as the students’ first homework assignments for the school year.This packet will be sent home with the student in June during the last week of school and more details are provided at that time.