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 eighth year teaching and my fifth 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.
- I will “push” out lessons to your children on Google Classroom every evening at 8:00 pm. For example, Tuesday, March 31st lesson will be available tonight (Monday, March 30th). I will organize the lessons by weeks on Google Classroom and title each lesson by its date and topic.
- For each lesson, I will provide a variety of resources to explain the information. Resources include pictures of examples, tutorial videos, and articles. Students can choose which modality, or a variety, to help them better understand the content.
- Most assignments will be assigned on Khan Academy. Students are familiar with this platform and it offers a lot of additional instruction and explanations. Assignments will be due at 7:00 pm.
- Every day there will be a Problem of the Day. This is may way of tracking attendance so it is important that students complete this problem. The problem will be important, fundamental math skills that we don't necessarily devout class lessons towards, but are still important skills to master (such as dividing fractions or multiplying decimals). The next day I will post the answer and explain the steps of how I got the answer on Google Classroom.
- Every Sunday I will email parents the plan for the upcoming three weeks. I am confident that the current week will remain the same, but some things may need to shift in the following weeks. I am giving you a three-week scope so you can see what’s coming up. This schedule will also be posted on the Google Classroom and the website.
- I will hold office hours twice a day from 10:00 – 11:00 am and 2:00 – 3:00 pm where I am available via email to help students. I check my email regularly throughout the day, but I will respond almost instantly during these time slots unless otherwise noted on Google Classroom.
- I will host a Math Support class via Zoom on Tuesday's and Thursday's from 2:00 - 3:00 pm. These are optional. However, I will request that some students attend these Support Classes. I will notify these students the day before. I will post the login information on Google Classroom, for security purposes I will not post the link here.
For security purposes, I am not providing the links to Google Classroom here. I have emailed parents the link to their child's Google Classroom. If you need me to send the link again, please let me know!
Lesson Plans for the Week
Helpful Resources for Students
Multiplication Math Facts: It is essential that students know their multiplication facts. Accuracy and fluency are both important. No one likes getting stuck in traffic, taking time to think of these facts that students *hopefully* already know, can lead to that frustrating feeling of be caught in a traffic jam.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)
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.
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
Please check below for any major assignments, quizzes, tests, projects, etc. for Middle School.