I am available. The first resource for my class should be me. I am available for help almost every morning for 40 minutes before school. I eat lunch at my desk with my door open most lunches so students can come get help then as well. Please email me or call if you have questions about other times.
HW Pals - At the beginning of the year, the students were asked to get at least 2 names and numbers from their fellow students. At least one was to be someone who they did not know when the school year started. They are encouraged to call this student when they have questions about homework assignments.
Internet - There are a lot of great resources on the internet. Some of my favorites for math(after the Holt site) are: khanacademy.org and brainpop.com
New textbook trials - This year we will be our first year with the newly adopted CPM based textbook series, Core Connections, a new textbook series aligned with the new Common Core Standards for Math. As we come across the new materials I am certain there will be many things added to this resource page to help you help your student. Please help us to help them improve this by emailing me any problems you notice with this series. We have found some errors and want to make it better each year. CPM is working out some bugs with their online textbook for students. Until they make the necessary fixes they are allowing anyone to access the books on line through the following link:
Parent Portal - Hopefully you have registered for the Aeries parent portal. This will allow you to check your child's progress in most classes weekly. I post my assignments daily and most grades within a day of the due date. This is a great way to see if your child is keeping up or struggling. If you haven't signed up, please visit the office between 7:30am and 4:00pm on any school day.
Challenges - I love a good challenge and math problems are no exception. Puzzles and creatively written problems are truly FUN for me. Mathcounts is a great organization that hosts competitions between schools. It is geared towards 8th and 7th Grade students who enjoy competition and math. Have your child consider this in 7th and 8th grade. You can check out some weekly challenge problems at their site at mathcounts.org.
TechSkills - Last year we tried a new program learning how to Code. This is a basic online course available to all WMS students and is a valuable skill. If I get enough requests for this I will start it up again this year. (I might just do it anyway:-) ) They need to go to this website: Code Learning
and use their special "Secret Word" to login and work on this. I look forward to your feedback as well as the feedback from the parents.