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Terry Palmer
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At 10:20pm on March 18, 2010, Rebecca Lawson said…
She is getting better, but she still struggles. I think she is smarter than she tested, but I think she doesn't "turn on her brain." For example, today she was doing linear equations in two variables. (We spent the last two weeks working on linear equations in one variable. I think she mostly "has it" about the process. I created an instruction sheet to remind her of the steps.)

Anyway, there was a very simple equation. X-y=1 . She needed to find 3 points on the line and graph it on the computer. I walked away to help another student. When I came back, she had not put another mark on the paper and the computer had logged her out because of time.

Do you have any suggestions for what I can do to help her?

Thank you in advance for any suggestions!
Rock Hill, SC
At 10:19pm on March 18, 2010, Rebecca Lawson said…

WELCOME! It is great to see that you teach math. We need more experienced math teachers here to share their expertise!!

Perhaps you can help me. Although I am certified in math (middle and high), I have spend most of my career teaching computers in the middle school. Last year I was one of the working retirees who found myself without a contract. This year I am blessed to be working a half day in an alternative school in the district where I live. My classes are small, and each day I have a feeling of fulfillment. Although there have been some tough days, I love it!

One of my biggest challenges is a precious 18-yearr-old girl. They tell me that she was once receiving special services, but under the new guidelines, she doesn't qualify. They say that her IQ is so low that she is achieving at her level or expectations.

Somehow, using the Plato computer managed instruction course in Algebra, she has about 100 average. However, a month ago she didn't know odd and even numbers. When trying to calculate 5 * 20, I had her make 20 stacks of pennies and count them. She could count by 5s to 50, but couldn't get 55 and 60.

I have printed off a multiplication grid to help her learn her multiplication tables. She is doing better in that. I have printed the old 100 addition facts they used to have first graders do for timed tests .. and have had her do that. (We are going to work on her doing that more quickly.) I have created a number line for her to use in adding and subtracting - especially negative numbers.

(I have run out of space to type, so I'll finish this in another comment.)
At 7:31am on March 15, 2010, Mary Henton said…
Welcome, Terry, to MSP2,

It's great to have you on board. I'm curious as to who/what email notice informed you about MSP2. Would you be willing to share? Various of our partners send out information on our behalf, as do the organizations who share responsibility for MSP2 (the Ohio State University, Education Development Center, and National Middle School Association).

This portal is a great resource that I hope you'll find beneficial. There are people, digital resources, events, and links to other people and sites to support middle grades STEM educators. Here are some of the highlights:

- The online Math Resources are standards-based resources. The resources are on wiki pages, so users can contribute to the content.
- There are several Groups, including a Math Group, to facilitate more targeted conversations.
- We promote and also facilitate webinars. Events are recorded and available for viewing afterwards, also.
- On April 13 we'll be hosting an online book discussion about Why Does e=mc2 (And Why We Should Care). I need to get my copy and start reading!

Please feel free to jump in, pose questions, join a discussion, share resources and ideas, and take part.

Again, welcome.




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