First off, I would like to say HOW EXCITED I am to be teaching your children Mathematics this year! On my webpage you will find what we are covering for the week, a downloadable Mania and DMR, as well as any other pertinent information.
On Friday we went over policies and procedures and come Monday we will cover a little bit more, but basically we will beginning the curriculum.
This week we are moving on to our first unit, Integers! Before we move into talking about negative numbers, we will review rational numbers, what they are, and how to compute with them.
We will then begin slowly, by defining what an integer is, and working with absolute values. The notion of absolute values will be invaluable when we start doing integeroperations using the "rules" technique. But long before we get to that, we will begin looking at addition of integers using concrete models. The number line and the chip method. We will be looking at a task that relates to football which uses real-world context of running in opposite directions on a quasi-number line to understand positive and negative numbers that sum to zero. We will then use that knowledge of "opposites" to model addition of integers with the chip method. This will all help us define a very important vocabulary word, zero pairs.
I have been teaching 7th grade Mathematics for 9 years. I have worked at two IB MYP schools, one in Houston, Texas, and at West End Middle for 7 years. Please feel free to email me if you have any questions, comments or concerns.