### Middle School Math Parent Night Presentation

```Middle School Math Pathways
Your Student’s Path to Success Starts Here
Overview
What are the changes in middle school
math?
What do the new pathways look like?
Which pathway is best for my child?
How will the teachers be prepared for
the new courses?
Question Session
What are the changes in
middle school math?
Focus on Fluency, not
memorization
Going deeper into topics
Collaborative work with
accountability
Application to real-world
scenarios
Literacy in mathematics
Multiple Approaches
The New Shape of Mathematics
Mathematics
topics
intended at
at least twothirds of A+
countries
z
Schmidt, Houang, & Cogan, “A Coherent Curriculum: The Case of Mathematics.” (2002).
Mathematics
topics
intended at
at least twothirds of the
U.S. states
Side by Side Comparison
Old Standards
35 cents each. She eats 2
apples and sells the rest for
45 cents each. How much
money does she make?
Common Core
Standards
35 cents each. She eats 2
apples and sells the rest for
45 cents each. She makes
\$3.10 profit. How many apples
Donna buys 40 apples at 35 cents each. She eats 2
apples and sells the rest for 45 cents each. How much
money does she make?
Student Work and Thinking
40 x .35 = \$14
38 x .45 = \$17.10
\$17.10
- \$14.00
\$3.10
Multiplication
Subtraction
Donna buys some apples at 35 cents each. She eats 2
apples and sells the rest for 45 cents each. She makes
\$3.10 profit. How many apples did she buy?
Student Work and Thinking
a = Number of apples purchased
a - 2 = Number of apples sold
\$3.10 = Total profit
.45 (a – 2) - .35a = 3.10
.45a - .90 - .35a = 3.10
.10a - .90 = 3.10
a = 40
Donna originally bought 40 apples.
My Thinking:
1. First I identified the variable
and key information from
the problem.
2. Then, I modeled the
situation by setting up an
equation.
3. I used the distributive
property to solve the
equation.
4. I checked my work to make
reasonable.
Donna buys some apples at 35 cents each. She eats 2
apples and sells the rest for 45 cents each. She makes
\$3.10 profit. How many apples did she buy?
Critical thinking and
problem analysis
Student Work and
a = Number of apples purchased
1. First I identified the variable
and key information from
the problem.
2. Then, I modeled the
Mathematizing
a
situation
by setting up an
Real-world
equation.
situation
3. I used the distributive
property to solve the
equation.
4. I checked my work to make
reasonable.
apples.
Writing
in Math
a - 2 = Number of apples sold
Distributive
Property
\$3.10 = Total
profit
.45 (a – 2) - .35a = 3.10
.45a - .90 - .35a = 3.10
.10a - .90 = 3.10
Persevere
a = 40
Donna originally bought 40
Explanation of
Thinking thinking and
reasoning
My Thinking:
The Bottom Line…
challenging, rigorous
instruction regardless of
which pathway they are in.
Three Pathways
Standard
Pathway
Accelerate
d
Pathway
Transitional
Pathway
6th
7th
8th
9th
• Common Core
Algebra 1
• Meets the needs of the
majority of students
• Students learn the
standards from their
• Instruction is rigorous
and students work
towards mastery
• Time for remediation
Standard Pathway
6th
7th
8th
9th
• Students must pass
an assessment criteria
to qualify
(at Jefferson)
• 7th Grade course is a
• Common Core Algebra 1
(at Jefferson)
• Geometry OR Algebra 2
combination of 7th &
• Instruction will be fast
paced and requires
student and parental
commitment
Accelerated Pathway
6th
7th
8th
9th
• Currently taking 7th
7th
• Common Core Algebra 1
(at Jefferson)
• Common Core Geometry
(at Tracy High)
• Algebra 2
8th
9th
• Currently Taking
• Geometry
(at Tracy High)
• Algebra 2
Transitional Pathways
For Currently Accelerated Students ONLY
and contingent upon performance
Results
District-wide criteria for math
acceleration
Alignment to Tracy Unified
Parental choice
Cost savings after 2 years
Things to Consider
Students do not receive high school
credit for accelerated courses
Accelerated Pathway sets students up
for High School Calculus
Accelerated class are designed to
challenge students
Teacher Preparation
Two days of Common Core training
Summer training and coaching
Publisher Training
Evening content workshops
Ongoing Data teams
Resources
Jefferson School District Website
www.jeffersonschooldistrict.com
Parent Links>>Common Core Transition>>Middle School Math Pathways
Curriculum Department
Chirstina Orsi
209-836-4531
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Deadline to Apply for Testing: MAY 19
Testing: MAY 21
3:15pm-4:15pm at the District Office
Questions???
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