Math at McClure
The McClure Mathematics Department strives to provide a high-quality education to ensure all students are proficient in or ready for algebra when they matriculate to high school. With the advent of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which are based on national and international data and best practices, we aim to dig deeper into a smaller range of standards each year. We provide opportunities for all students to go beyond mastery once they meet the basic requirements of any given standard. Evidence strongly supports developing a deeper fluency of a grade level’s standards is significantly richer than accelerating to an advanced grade level’s standards. The data has demonstrated that advancing instead of enriching ends up with superficial mastery.
To facilitate this growth, we employ a variety of positive motivational teaching and instructional methods that aim to stimulate curiosity, encourage persistence, and incorporate appropriate technology while reinforcing mathematic fundamentals needed for future study. Recognizing that each student learns differently, the math staff provides opportunities that address the diversity of learning styles of all students with care and compassion. It is our intent to instill students with a lifelong appreciation of mathematics both for the discipline itself and for its real-world applications.
Scope and Sequence of Common Core State Math Standards
Math Empowerment (EMP)
EMP provides 6th graders the opportunity to build skills, understanding, and confidence in math in a smaller group setting. Students will become clear and practiced at computation and communication of 6th grade concepts and will be able to create convincing arguments about how math works. EMP Math prepares students for middle school, high school, and college-level math.
In Grade 6 Math, instructional time will focus on four critical areas:
- Connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems
- Completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers
- Writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations
- Developing understanding of statistical thinking.
In Grade 7 Math, instructional time will focus on four critical areas:
- Developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships
- Developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations
- Solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two- and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume
- Drawing inferences about populations based on samples
The 7th/8th CCSS Accelerated Math class will cover 7th and 8th grade CCSS standards in a compacted course based on best practices from CCSS. Students will be enrolled based on evidence of readiness during 6th grade math at McClure.
In Grade 8 Math, instructional time will focus on:
- Formulating and reasoning about expressions and equations, including modeling an association in bivariate data with a linear equation, and solving linear equations and systems of linear equations
- Grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships
- Analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem
In Algebra 1, instructional time will focus on four critical areas:
- Seeing and interpreting structure in equations and using them to solve problems
- Arithmetic with polynomial and rational expressions
- Creating equations
- Reasoning with equations and inequalities
- Interpreting and building functions, including linear, quadratic and exponential functions
- Interpreting categorical and quantitative data
McClure Middle School Math Progression
The guiding principle for our McClure Math Progression is to give each student the greatest opportunity to learn rigorous and coherent mathematics in a high-quality program while providing them with the supports necessary to be successful. Our math department encourages students, parents, educational leaders, and counselors to work closely together to meet this common goal.
Our Math Progression, shown below, intentionally creates opportunities for all students to master Common Core State Standards while making optimal decisions about the most appropriate courses which we offer. The design of the progression is based on best practices for reaching the deepest level of understanding and highest level of mastery for each set of grade level standards.