I wanted to let you all know of a change that has taken place with our DMR'S (Daily Math Reviews) that take place at the beginning of class every day. I have transitioned the three daily problems on to one sheet of paper, and included the three problems per day on the sheet. Meaning, on Monday, each student will receive all of the weeks warm up problems. We will continue to go through the same process of completing them independently for approximately 9 minutes, and then going over the answers as a group. Now, they will be required to turn these in every Friday and I will be grading them on accuracy of each problem and putting that grade in the grade book. I will attach the newest one to this post. Please note since we had some snow days last week, we are going to continue to work on the one from last week, and the same goes for the Math Mania. The Math Mania will be due on Wednesday of this week, Instead of the 15th.
This week we are continuing our work on inequalities. Students build on prior knowledge of solving one and two step equations and extend it to solving inequalities. This is the students’ first time learning about multiplication and division properties of inequalities, including those of negative numbers. The majority of the work is centered around solving inequalities in context. Inequalities can have an infinite number of solutions. An idea that students will likely struggle with is that inequalities can be solved such that the variable is on the left or right of the relation. This may result in students misunderstanding whether the solution is less than or greater that the boundary found.
We will be solving one step and two step (with/without rational numbers, with/without negative coefficients) inequalities and translating between simple verbal descriptions and more complex real world situations to algebraic inequalities.
I have been teaching 7th grade Mathematics for 10 years. I have worked at two IB MYP schools, one in Houston, Texas, and at West End Middle for 8 years. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions, comments or concerns.