Middle School Math,
Mrs. Marie Vandecoevering
“To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive. . .”
~ from The Prayer of Saint Francis
Greetings mathematicians, my name is Marie Vandecoevering. I graduated from the University of Portland with an Undergraduate degree in Education and got my Masters in Special Education from Concordia University. I lived in Oregon for most of my life but did get to experience the sunny life in San Diego for three years after I graduated college. This is my sixth year teaching and my third year at Holy Cross.
I love teaching math! I think it is such a fascinating subject that we use in our daily life. As a middle school teachers I think it is just as important to teach students life long skills that will help them in high school and also as adults. Teaching math is just one part of my job, we also teach organization, time management, how to advocate for yourself, teamwork, and so much more.
Let the learning begin.
Avoid the Summer Slide
Here is a comprehensive article that goes in depth of what exactly is the Summer Slide. Click HERE.
We have done so much hard work this year, it would be a shame to lose it. Studies show that about one month's worth of learning is lost over the summer. Let's say there are nine months in a school year, if students lose one month a year, over their nine years here at Holy Cross, it is as if they are missing an entire year's worth of learning! Below are some resources that you can use throughout the summer to make sure you don't get rusty. Remember, you need to use it, or you'll lose it.
Multiplication Math Facts: I expect all students to be fluent in their multiplication facts 1-12. There is nothing wrong with the good old fashion flashcards. Students can make their own and practice for 10-15 minutes a day with a friend or family member. For more practice click HERE, increase the levels as you become proficient.
Khan Academy: Most students have made an account on Khan Academy so they (and I) can track their progress. I challenge you to complete as many skills as you can. You can either complete the skills from the grade you just completed (great way to review and make sure there are no gaps) or you can preview what you are going to learn next school year.
5th Grade Math Skills (7 main categories: Addition & Subtraction, Multiplication & Division, Fractions, Place Value & Decimals, Measurement & Data, Geometry, Algebraic Thinking)
6th Grade Math Skills (8 main categories: Ratios, Rates, & Percentages, Arithmetic Operations, Negative Numbers, Properties of Numbers, Variables & Expressions, Equations & Inequalities Introduction, Geometry, Data & Statistics)
7th Grade Math Skills (7 main categories: Negative Numbers - Addition & Subtraction, Negative Numbers - Multiplication & Division, Fractions, Decimals & Percents, Rates & Proportional Relationship, Expressions, Equations & Inequalities, Geometry, Statistics & Probability)
IXL: If you just wrapped up your 5th grade year, you made an IXL account. You can continue working on your IXL and completing as many skills as you like. I recommend 10-15 minutes of practice a day so you're not rusty come September.
More Suggestions: I did some research in what other schools/districts recommend for summer work and I really liked what the Lowell Public School District in Massachusetts. To see their recommendations click HERE.
Helpful Resources and Reminders
Graph Paper: Don't have graph paper? Need graph paper in a bigger size? Here's some free graph paper, all you need is a printer.
Middle School Events Calendar
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