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Caitlin  Stark
7th Grade Math & 7th Grade Compacted Math
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      My name is Caitlin Stark and I am very excited for the upcoming school year! I have just graduated from the University of Mississippi in May with a bachelors in Elementary Eduation, Special Education, and a concentration in Mathematics. I was an Ole Miss Cheerleader my freshmen year of college, so I plan to use my entergetic personality to get the students super excited for 7th grade math. When you love what you do, you don't work a day in your life. My goal is to make my students love my math class so much, that they learn to LOVE MATH! I look forward to working with each of you and your child towards academic success in 7th grade mathematics. GO JAGS!!

         I would like this to be a great year in math for your son or daughter.Every year more mathematics is needed to be successful in nearly every job or profession. The skills learned this year will be part of your child’s preparation for college and career readiness. This year our district will begin implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). These standards are broken up into two categories; the practice standards and the content standards. The eight Mathematical Practice Standards are “HOW” students demonstrate their understanding and the Content Specific Standards are “WHAT” mathematical concepts and procedures students will be learning. If you would like more information regarding the Common Core State Standards, please visit www.corestandards.org.

 

       The curriculum that we are using is called College Preparatory Mathematics. Go to www.cpm.org for more information. There is a parent section where you will find information about the design of the course, its research base, Parent Guides, Homework Help and much more. The classes are structured to actively involve every student in the process of learning mathematics. The problem-based lessons provide a balance of basic skills, conceptual understanding, and problem solving strategies. Each lesson has a mathematical objective and focuses on one or more of the mathematical practices. Homework (the “Review and Preview” sections) practice ideas from the current chapter and previous topics, but spread the practice over several days and weeks so that students have time to become proficient with ideas and skills. The course contains all of the content and practice standards that CCSSM requires, which in turn will be reflected in the new Common Core Assessments.