Middle school is a tough time for kids regardless of where you are from. When you add in economic disadvantages, cultural road blocks and inner city struggles, that tough time can be exponentially harder.
In our Title I school, nearly all of the students qualify for free or reduced price lunch, a federal indicator of poverty.
Many of our young teens have adult responsibilities at home, supporting their family as their parents work, preparing meals or helping younger siblings with homework nightly. Add to that the fact that many of our students are attending school in a language they are still learning. Nearly sixty percent of our eighth grade class is still learning English.
Yet, despite these challenges, my students are dedicated and hardworking. In fact, my students had the highest growth in their Math SBAC scores in our district last year; they aren’t just trying to succeed, they are doing it! In our classroom, we have discussions about mathematical concepts and work collaboratively to solve problems.
My kids can achieve anything that they set their minds to, and I am so lucky that I get to work with them everyday. They are funny, bright and extremely wonderful individuals.
Going by the book in math is how notes are usually done. However, in my experience, students get a better grasp of the content when they are able to manipulate their notes with graphic organizers, Frayer models and an array of foldables designed specifically for each lesson. Students become familiar with Cornell Notetaking and are able to use this skill in high school and in college. Cornell notes teach students how to use questioning techniques to prepare for tests and summaries to get the overall understanding of the content. They can review and revise to focus on vocabulary terms that may be new to them.
By creating an AVID Interactive notebook with these requested Staples graph notebooks, students can be organized by having their notes, bell work, and practice problems all in the same place.
Graph paper helps my students create their own coordinate planes, number lines, and be able to proficiently complete operations that require them to line up any of the numbers. Most students lack organizational skills; however, an AVID Interactive notebook can help those students succeed in a class that most students struggle with.
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