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    #16
    Re: Math 7

    Originally posted by tanya View Post
    Confession: Cindy gave me her R& S Math 7 lesson plans months ago, and they are sitting untouched on my desk. So, once again, the buck stops on my desk, which is swimming with unfinished projects. I will move this to the front and hope to have them done and ready for sale in the next couple of weeks.

    And, Cindy, I appreciate your not calling me out. You were so gentle with your little "We'll let Tanya chime in ..." comment!

    Tanya
    Haha, I wasn't positive I *had* given them to you... I'm glad there is enough interest to create and offer them.
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      #17
      Re: Math 7

      Originally posted by Cindy in Indy View Post
      Yes, I do! Fractions and signed numbers (that means positive and negative numbers). She will continue with those topics in pre-algebra, but keeping them fresh over the summer will help build her confidence.

      My preferred resource for summer math practice is khanacademy.org Free and safe, no distracting bells or whistles. You can receive a weekly report on time spent and progress, which can be helpful with accountability.

      I would select "6th grade math" or "7th grade math" for her summer practice. The program will guide her through. It will catch her gaps and give her additional practice on those topics. She can watch a tutorial video if she needs a review. She may run into a couple of topics that were not covered in R&S (related to probability, for instance). She can skip those or watch the tutorial video to learn how to do them. She will earn badges and energy points, which are like electronic "gold stars", and most kids find them motivating.

      I don't know her summer schedule, but I would aim for 60 minutes per week, broken into three 20 minute sessions.
      As always, I appreciate your guidance! <3 Thank you so much.

      Her summer schedule tends to be full, but we always do school, in some fashion.
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        #18
        Re: Math 7

        Originally posted by tanya View Post
        Confession: Cindy gave me her R& S Math 7 lesson plans months ago, and they are sitting untouched on my desk. So, once again, the buck stops on my desk, which is swimming with unfinished projects. I will move this to the front and hope to have them done and ready for sale in the next couple of weeks.

        And, Cindy, I appreciate your not calling me out. You were so gentle with your little "We'll let Tanya chime in ..." comment!

        Tanya
        Ohhhhhhhh, this is the best news all day. You all are the BEST and making my life easier!
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          #19
          Re: Math 7

          Originally posted by DiannaKennedy View Post
          This makes me feel a little better. She'll be 12 in April, so 13 by the time she starts algebra I. (looks like Katie's daughter is younger)

          I totally get the maturity level/abstract reasoning thing. I did pose the question to her MPOA teacher, and she responded that if Rachel ended the class with an 85% or better, she'd give her a green light for pre-algebra. Unless the train gets totally derailed, I think we're solidly there. Pre-algebra SOUNDS scary to me, because I never took it, and, I took Algebra in 9th grade, not 8th. Were we learning pre-algebra concepts in 7th and 8th grade? I have no idea!

          Do you have a recommendation for concepts to review during the summer, to start off strong in pre-algebra in the fall?


          And Katie, I totally didn't mean to hijack your thread.
          I took — and enjoyed! — pre algebra in 7th grade and Algebra I in 8th grade — and I’m not even good at Math! I credit my teacher for giving me a great understanding of how it all worked. So, truly, don’t worry about pre-Algebra too much. It’s not as hard as you think. Negative numbers, complex fractions and Order of Operations are the only things that really stick out to me that we’re totally new at that time and they were not difficult to learn. (I rather liked order of operations; it was like solving little puzzles for every problem.)

          HOWEVER: the next year was 9th grade, my first year of high school, AND Geometry. Completely different story. It was so different from the tidy predictability of Algebra, and so abstract, AND I had a teacher with a totally different teaching style and Math approach than I was used to (basically, “I’ll teach you how to do this once, if you don’t get it, figure it out yourself tonight at home — we’re moving on tomorrow.”). Geometry is totally different from Algebra and I was not prepared or sufficiently guided through all the angles and proofs and theorems — AARGH! So it’s not Algebra that gives me hives, it’s Geometry. (I hear other moms say all the time how much they loved Geometry and how easy it was for them. Makes me want to cry. I hated it and didn’t understand what the heck was going on most of the time.)

          So now — have I convinced you not to fear Pre-Algebra? (And to run screaming from Geometry? )
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            #20
            Re: Math 7

            Originally posted by Anita View Post
            I took — and enjoyed! — pre algebra in 7th grade and Algebra I in 8th grade — and I’m not even good at Math! I credit my teacher for giving me a great understanding of how it all worked. So, truly, don’t worry about pre-Algebra too much. It’s not as hard as you think. Negative numbers, complex fractions and Order of Operations are the only things that really stick out to me that we’re totally new at that time and they were not difficult to learn. (I rather liked order of operations; it was like solving little puzzles for every problem.)

            HOWEVER: the next year was 9th grade, my first year of high school, AND Geometry. Completely different story. It was so different from the tidy predictability of Algebra, and so abstract, AND I had a teacher with a totally different teaching style and Math approach than I was used to (basically, “I’ll teach you how to do this once, if you don’t get it, figure it out yourself tonight at home — we’re moving on tomorrow.”). Geometry is totally different from Algebra and I was not prepared or sufficiently guided through all the angles and proofs and theorems — AARGH! So it’s not Algebra that gives me hives, it’s Geometry. (I hear other moms say all the time how much they loved Geometry and how easy it was for them. Makes me want to cry. I hated it and didn’t understand what the heck was going on most of the time.)

            So now — have I convinced you not to fear Pre-Algebra? (And to run screaming from Geometry? )
            We must have been sitting in the same classrooms and did not even know it. Any chance you grew up in Central IL? My experience was exactly as you described.

            But I will not put it all on my teachers. I have heard others say that folks tend to be either algebra “people” or geometry “people.” (Kind of like left brain/right brain.). Not sure if there is data to back that up, but anecdotally it seems to be true.

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              #21
              Re: Math 7

              Originally posted by Anita View Post
              I took — and enjoyed! — pre algebra in 7th grade and Algebra I in 8th grade — and I’m not even good at Math! I credit my teacher for giving me a great understanding of how it all worked. So, truly, don’t worry about pre-Algebra too much. It’s not as hard as you think. Negative numbers, complex fractions and Order of Operations are the only things that really stick out to me that we’re totally new at that time and they were not difficult to learn. (I rather liked order of operations; it was like solving little puzzles for every problem.)

              HOWEVER: the next year was 9th grade, my first year of high school, AND Geometry. Completely different story. It was so different from the tidy predictability of Algebra, and so abstract, AND I had a teacher with a totally different teaching style and Math approach than I was used to (basically, “I’ll teach you how to do this once, if you don’t get it, figure it out yourself tonight at home — we’re moving on tomorrow.”). Geometry is totally different from Algebra and I was not prepared or sufficiently guided through all the angles and proofs and theorems — AARGH! So it’s not Algebra that gives me hives, it’s Geometry. (I hear other moms say all the time how much they loved Geometry and how easy it was for them. Makes me want to cry. I hated it and didn’t understand what the heck was going on most of the time.)

              So now — have I convinced you not to fear Pre-Algebra? (And to run screaming from Geometry? )
              I'm laughing so hard at this ....
              I never had a separate pre-algebra class -- maybe it was folded in somewhere along the way. I remember that there were a couple of different math tracks for freshmen ..... some took remedial math, some took pre-algebra, and some took Algebra I.

              Algebra I was fine, but I struggled a bit in Algebra II. The first 9 weeks were a review, and bored me to tears. By the time we started in new material, I was out in la-la land and had to bust my butt to catch up. Argh.

              Geometry? I hate to make you cry, but I loved it. <3 My teacher was wonderful, and it made sense to me. I like rules, and order. I didn't question the 'why' behind it, but just applied the rules. Later on in nursing school, the psych nursing section reminded me of geometry. Here are the criteria for XYZ disorder -- does your pt meet the criteria? Yes? Ok, here we go.

              (very obviously, it is NOT as cut and dried as that, but we're talking about 19 yr old me)

              Now you're making me wonder if my friends who had a hard time with psych nursing also struggled with geometry. Many of my classmates shed a LOT of tears over that semester.

              It is amazing to me, really, how we all have different affinities for different subjects and concepts. Even within a family, you'll see people shine in some areas and falter in others.
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                #22
                Re: Math 7

                Originally posted by KF2000 View Post
                We must have been sitting in the same classrooms and did not even know it. Any chance you grew up in Central IL? My experience was exactly as you described.

                But I will not put it all on my teachers. I have heard others say that folks tend to be either algebra “people” or geometry “people.” (Kind of like left brain/right brain.). Not sure if there is data to back that up, but anecdotally it seems to be true.

                AMDG,
                Sarah
                I have heard this same thing and I do wonder if it's true. I LOVED geometry and only tolerated/floundered through Algebra I and II. But when trigonometry came around, I again loved it. (This may explain why I'm so excited about Pre-Algebra with dd this year - I FINALLY UNDERSTAND IT!)

                Oh, and Dianna, you may be on to some- thing, too. I worked psych ER and on a neuro developmental wing...and was a geometry geek. :-)
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                  #23
                  Re: Math 7

                  I think it is true you are either one or the other. My brother, a computer programmer type, loved geometry but nearly failed algebra. I was the exact opposite. He could not understand why I didn't get the proofs cause they were just like programming... then he realized who he was talking to. I am not that type of person. But we both aced English!

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                    #24
                    Re: Math 7

                    I too loved algebra and trigonometry, but despised geometry. The proofs seemed so utterly pointless. One giant soul sucking waste of time. Now the useful aspects of geometry I liked. Weirdly I did enjoy basic programming languages in college. Practically speaking that pitiful 9 weeks of useful geometry has been the math (beyond basic operations) that I have used the most in life. The proofs? Forgotten instantly never to be used again.

                    Has anyone ever thought about how useless high school math is in the long run? I loved math (geometry proofs aside). I had something like 109% in trig due to getting bonuses and I didn't even study. I just grokked it. I took trig and college algebra the same semester in college as coast classes...and that was the last time I ever used them. In 20 years I have never needed it. If you aren't in a few specialized professions you will never need it as an adult. Why do we stress so much and torture so many mathematically disinclined kids with it while lying to them that it will somehow turn out to be vital to every one of their adult lives? They know we are lying. My cohort certainly did.

                    My kids like math, too, so following the standard path is not a problem, but it is for a lot of people. My husband was not algebraically inclined in high school and had to take it remedially in college. What bearing was algebra going to have for him to be a park ranger other than to keep him from being a park ranger? It's never really made sense to me the reverence with which algebra is held.

                    I do know its a pattern of problem solving, but even second graders can solve problems using algrebra's basic method if it's stated in a word problem, which is what you actually find in everyday life. I am seriously asking. My youngest asks me these hard questions all the time and feeding him the lines I got as a kid...well it's like chumming the water for a shark. He smells that I don't believe them.
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                      #25
                      Re: Math 7

                      [QUOTE=Miah;67474]
                      Has anyone ever thought about how useless high school math is in the long run? I loved math (geometry proofs aside). I had something like 109% in trig due to getting bonuses and I didn't even study. I just grokked it. I took trig and college algebra the same semester in college as coast classes...and that was the last time I ever used them. In 20 years I have never needed it. If you aren't in a few specialized professions you will never need it as an adult. Why do we stress so much and torture so many mathematically disinclined kids with it while lying to them that it will somehow turn out to be vital to every one of their adult lives? They know we are lying. My cohort certainly did.
                      /QUOTE]

                      Agreed. I find it a little difficult to sell this to my kids, too. I took Algebra 1 & 2 and Geometry (I'm one of the geometry haters). Then I quit math. I had my 3 math credits and I never took math again. As a music major with good ACT scores, I was not required to take math in college. I don't plan to push advanced math on my kids, particularly not the one who is planning to major in music. I'm not convinced of the necessity of it.
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                        #26
                        Re: Math 7

                        [QUOTE=melaneesa;67476]
                        Originally posted by Miah View Post
                        Has anyone ever thought about how useless high school math is in the long run? I loved math (geometry proofs aside). I had something like 109% in trig due to getting bonuses and I didn't even study. I just grokked it. I took trig and college algebra the same semester in college as coast classes...and that was the last time I ever used them. In 20 years I have never needed it. If you aren't in a few specialized professions you will never need it as an adult. Why do we stress so much and torture so many mathematically disinclined kids with it while lying to them that it will somehow turn out to be vital to every one of their adult lives? They know we are lying. My cohort certainly did.
                        /QUOTE]

                        Agreed. I find it a little difficult to sell this to my kids, too. I took Algebra 1 & 2 and Geometry (I'm one of the geometry haters). Then I quit math. I had my 3 math credits and I never took math again. As a music major with good ACT scores, I was not required to take math in college. I don't plan to push advanced math on my kids, particularly not the one who is planning to major in music. I'm not convinced of the necessity of it.
                        Hi Melanie and Miah,
                        I am glad that you asked these questions, because they represent the mindset of many in our culture today. And it reminds me that I need to address this concern at Sodalitas, when I give my talk on "The Order of Math" and also during the upper grades math workshop. I will briefly mention a few things here, with more to come at Sodalitas.

                        First, let me point out that the OP was asking about Math7. I suspect we agree that mastery of arithmetic is a worthy goal for all students (barring learning exceptionalities). So the question remains: why push on through algebra1, geometry, and algebra2? (which are the minimum maths required to graduate from most high schools across the country). Here are some thoughts to consider:

                        1) We don't know at ages 7-18 who exactly will wind up in a math or science field (including medical fields). I would not want to hold my child back from future opportunities, because I feared math, or they didn't like it, or did not seem to have a special aptitude for math.
                        2) Mastering algebra is mostly a matter of knowing math facts, being able to work with fractions, and diligently working at daily practice. (Kind of like mastering a musical instrument - steady daily practice builds skill.) These work habits pay off in many different areas of life.
                        3) Learning geometry is a wonderful study in rational thought. The proofs that some have mentioned as terrible memories, are actually elegant examples of some of the highest reasoning that human minds are capable of. Students are not expected to reinvent Euclid's geometry, but rather to learn to express rational thinking in clear language. (Akin to constructing an argument for public forum debate or persuasive essay.)
                        4) Contrast the utilitarian approach to education with the classical approach. Most students don't study Latin in order to become classics majors (although some may); we study Latin to develop the language side of the mind. Studying mathematics develops the mind in parallel, so that the person has a wide breadth of thinking skills that they are able to apply across many new situations they will encounter as they journey through life. Ages 7-18 is an essential window to develop tools for the toolbox of the mind; these tools will be used for a lifetime.

                        I encourage you to speak positively of your child's opportunities to study mathematics. Seek outside classes if you personally do not wish to teach mathematics. Encourage them to apply themselves steadily, even if it is not their favorite subject. The habits they practice now will pay off throughout their lives.
                        Cindy Davis
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                          #27
                          Re: Math 7

                          I was referring to math beyond geometry - trig and calculus. I don't think it's necessary for everyone to study those.

                          I realize that makes me an oddball here. That's okay.
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                            #28
                            Re: Math 7

                            Originally posted by Miah View Post
                            I too loved algebra and trigonometry, but despised geometry. The proofs seemed so utterly pointless. One giant soul sucking waste of time. Now the useful aspects of geometry I liked. Weirdly I did enjoy basic programming languages in college. Practically speaking that pitiful 9 weeks of useful geometry has been the math (beyond basic operations) that I have used the most in life. The proofs? Forgotten instantly never to be used again.

                            Has anyone ever thought about how useless high school math is in the long run? I loved math (geometry proofs aside). I had something like 109% in trig due to getting bonuses and I didn't even study. I just grokked it. I took trig and college algebra the same semester in college as coast classes...and that was the last time I ever used them. In 20 years I have never needed it. If you aren't in a few specialized professions you will never need it as an adult. Why do we stress so much and torture so many mathematically disinclined kids with it while lying to them that it will somehow turn out to be vital to every one of their adult lives? They know we are lying. My cohort certainly did.

                            My kids like math, too, so following the standard path is not a problem, but it is for a lot of people. My husband was not algebraically inclined in high school and had to take it remedially in college. What bearing was algebra going to have for him to be a park ranger other than to keep him from being a park ranger? It's never really made sense to me the reverence with which algebra is held.

                            I do know its a pattern of problem solving, but even second graders can solve problems using algrebra's basic method if it's stated in a word problem, which is what you actually find in everyday life. I am seriously asking. My youngest asks me these hard questions all the time and feeding him the lines I got as a kid...well it's like chumming the water for a shark. He smells that I don't believe them.

                            I will be your test case. I never learned mathematics beyond basic arithmetic, say, up to about 5th-6th grade math. I can state positively that not learning algebra and higher math has very adversely affected me in my life. My college choices were very severely limited. Science classes were impossible, although I had developed a strong interest. It was a problem I constantly ran up against, over and over again, and that haunts me to this day as I struggle to teach my children, who are very interested in science and technology. Not learning higher math has placed so many unnecessary obstacles in my path, both practically and even psychologically speaking. I have gone through my life with the belief that my brain is incapable of higher level reasoning skills. I would never in a million years sentence my children to not learn algebra and higher math -to the best of their ability- to at least go through the sequence- because I know with a certainty that not learning it has affected the development of my own brain in such adverse ways, and has severely limited my own potential in life. All I can really say is that it is like having a giant hole in your brain where you absolutely know something is supposed to be. That is my two cents on the issue, for what it is worth. Not very evidence-based, I realize, it's just my own experience...

                            ETA: You can't really know what you are missing unless you don't have it. If you didn't have math ability and the knowledge that comes only from "knowing" if that makes any sense- you might very well miss it, and even become an advocate for it. I'm willing to bet that you use the higher math you breezed through in ways that you may not be even aware of. To me it just seems like a beautiful gift.
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                              #29
                              Re: Math 7

                              Originally posted by Miah View Post
                              My husband was not algebraically inclined in high school and had to take it remedially in college. What bearing was algebra going to have for him to be a park ranger other than to keep him from being a park ranger?
                              Waving! We're park rangers too. Most rangers lean towards unschooling hippie types. Finding a fellow ranger that's schooling classically is a needle in the haystack. Hi!

                              I will say, my husband had to have a science related degree to apply. This required upper level math. He's now in management and routinely uses that higher level thinking and math to run his park from budgeting to big Horn sheep reproduction studies.

                              I, on the other hand, have a BA not a BS. I struggled through algebra 1, failed. Sent to remedial algebra, passed. Geometry, passed. That was my high school. I studied statistics and called it good in college.

                              I applied to parks through the experience side, not academics. I will say I used algebra in traffic accident reconstruction, wildfire spread, etc. I don't even know what's in algebra 2. Trig...same.

                              My husband puts a heavy emphasis on higher level math. me...not so much.

                              Interestingly he puts very little emphasis on latin even though he had to learn latin names and families of hundreds of Western plants and animals in college. He thinks I'm drinking he koolaid by teaching latin to the kids.
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                                #30
                                Re: Math 7

                                Originally posted by melaneesa View Post
                                I was referring to math beyond geometry - trig and calculus. I don't think it's necessary for everyone to study those.

                                I realize that makes me an oddball here. That's okay.
                                Let me play devil’s advocate a little here...

                                Pre-Algebra: 7th Grade — loved it. It made me feel confident that I wasn’t Math-impaired.
                                Algebra I: 8th Grade — ditto (same teacher, btw).
                                Geometry + Physical Science: 9th Grade — horrible Geometry teacher, horrible results. I was 14/15 and hitting puberty hard. My Math confidence hit bottom. I began to intuit that maybe there was something wrong with me. I did, however, fly through Physical Science with an excellent teacher (who is still my favorite teacher of all time).
                                Algebra II + Biology: 10th Grade — I did okay in Algebra II (C+ for the year; I don’t remember who my teacher was). But I took Biology with the same excellent Science teacher and scored an A+ (and made the top 1% of state test scores). My confidence came back. But I was starting to think maybe Math was “too hard” for me.
                                Trigonometry + Chemistry + Anatomy & Physiology: 11th Grade — bombed both Trig and Chem. HORRIBLY. Both teachers were way beyond me. And that year was rough, socially. I squeaked out a D in Trig and failed Chemistry. But I aced Anatomy & Physiology. Why? Same great Science teacher!
                                Chemistry (again!): 12th Grade — same Chemistry teacher as 11th grade, same course, same result — although this time I managed to squeak out a D so I could graduate and not have to go to Summer school.

                                When I got to college, I stayed as far away from Maths as possible and earned a Bachelor’s in English. I scanned (HEAVILY!) the Math requirements for graduation so as to not have to repeat the nightmare of high school Math. I was required to take deductive logic and college algebra (the “dummy courses”) and I, of course, had to take required Sciences for my core courses before I could take courses that were in my Major.

                                Interestingly enough, I bombed college Biology and did fairly well — and enjoyed! — College Algebra. Why? The teachers! My college Biology teacher was immensely interesting but was way over my head (CREB Cycles and ATP chains, anyone?) but my College Algebra teacher was extremely patient and taught well. I remember figuring and plotting x and y and then graphing them with a certain amount of joy. It was so tidy. It was so interesting to see the shapes they made and how you could tell, by where the plot point landed, if your calculation was correct. I rather liked it!

                                Now: have I formally “used” any of that information since my college days? No. But the discipline expanded my concentration, discipline, and view of mathematics and helped me relate to many more news articles and medical terms than I would be able to if I hadn’t taken those courses. Has that been worth it to me? Yes! Ask my husband how much media I have devoured on forensic medicine and epidemiology! One of my favorite writers is Oliver Sachs. And my most favorite genre is forensic mystery (figuring out whodunnit from clues left at the scene). I dare say I would not have nearly the enjoyment and the certainty of opinion on either of those subjects if I had shrugged my shoulders and said, “Meh. I’m never going to use this — why bother?” I’m far more literate (remember, I have an English degree) having taken — at least attempted! — somewhat higher Maths.

                                I do wonder, though: if I had had my favorite Science teacher for Trig and Chem, would the result have been different? I think there lies the secret to successful learning and application.
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