My students fear mathematics until they meet me. They are typically grades behind in math. This leads to anxiety for most of my students. That is the beginning of their 8th grade year. By the time they leave my classroom to venture into the realm of high school they have shown significant growth in math and have a positive attitude about being successful in high school.
“Ms. Dunbar, you were right!
I understand math now! freshman year was a breeze!” (student - 8th Grade Class of 2018)
This year I have decided to guide my students in making a resource (Big Book) for future 8th graders. My wish is not only that they appreciate what they've learned in each unit, but also recognize their responsibility in passing their knowledge on to those students who will take their place next year.
I want my students to describe the mathematical processes, explain prerequisites for each unit, visually draw/model each standard, and reflect on their strengths and weaknesses.
The notebooks will be used for a reference when planning the unit summaries. They will keep all of their math materials in their folders. Using the math tools and art supplies just make the project fun. Yes! Math can be fun, too.
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