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    Overview of  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.

     Members of the Math Department What they teach (2018-19)
     Dr. Janet Aurelius  Algebra 1 
     Mr. Aaron Beach  8th Math, 6th Math 
     Ms. Jennifer Brown Mendoza  6th – 8th Basic Math
     Ms. Laura Chang  6th EMP Math, 6th Math, 7th Math
     Ms. Amber Haldi  7th Math
     Ms. Ann Jennings  8th Math, Math Department Specialist

    Scope and Sequence of Common Core State Math Standards

    6th Grade Math
    In Grade 6 Math, instructional time will focus on four critical areas: (1) connecting ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and using concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems; (2) completing understanding of division of fractions and extending the notion of number to the system of rational numbers, which includes negative numbers; (3) writing, interpreting, and using expressions and equations; and (4) developing understanding of statistical thinking.

    7th Grade Math
    In Grade 7 Math, instructional time will focus on four critical areas: (1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships; (2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations; (3) 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; and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.

    7th /8th Grade Math 
    The 7th/8th CCSS Accelerated Math class will cover 7th and 8th grade 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.

    8th Grade Math
    In Grade 8 Math, instructional time will focus on three critical areas: (1) 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; (2) grasping the concept of a function and using functions to describe quantitative relationships; (3) analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures using distance, angle, similarity, and congruence, and understanding and applying the Pythagorean Theorem.

    Algebra 1
    In Algebra 1, instructional time will focus on four critical areas: (1) Seeing and interpreting structure in equations and using them to solve problems, (2) Arithmetic with polynomial and rational expressions, (3) Creating equations, (4) Reasoning with equations and inequalities, (5) Interpreting and building functions, including linear, quadratic and exponential functions, (6) and 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.  

    Math Pathways