What are some things that go on in
Ms. Hagan's math classroom?
- Just about each week we estimate how many
items are in the "Estimation Jar." When the jar is empty on my desk,
the first person to ask me to fill it can bring it home and fill it
to the top. We record the actual number of items as well as the mean,
median, mode and range of the classes data on a chart in the room.
Use this chart to better make your estimate for the next one!
Print a blank
Board of the
Rings - Hanging on one of the classroom boards
are rings of cards for each student. Each card in the ring is an
overview and review card for a different chapter. Before each test,
students are asked to include key vocabulary they need to practice
along with examples and summaries of the lessons in the chapter. The
ring becomes a wonderful review and test studying tool.
100 club -
Hanging above the door is a "100 club" poster. Written on this poster
are the names of students who earn the maximum (100%) on a formal
test or quiz! Names are added throughout the year and appear every
time a 100 is earned!
- Newsletters come out at progress report and
report card times. They are filled with fun math and logic puzzles
along with information that might be useful for kids or parents about
math in general. Link to Newsletters page.
Each student should have the following item in class every day: graph
paper notebook, pencil, correcting pen, glue stick or tape, brain
ready to learn.
POWs: In the classroom we keep tests/quizzes,
projects, fun assignments and activities, POWs and anything else math
related (not including regular homework) in a hanging file. About
three times a year the file is cleaned out and work is chosen to
bring home and share with your family. Go to problem
- Each night your homework from the book
should be done in pencil. The assignment (page and problems) and date
should be on the top. Each questions should be attempted with all
work done in your notebook. No scrap paper is used because I want to
see all of your math thinking right in your notebook. It should be
neat - but contain the math that you did to solve the problem. Keep
the math work and the answers together.
- On the back board there is a "mathemagic" problem for kids to
solve. These are fun "tricks" that just use math. Can you figure them
out? And how they are working mathematically? Write up a solution and
earn a funky pencil!
Levels - Push yourself to the next level when
in class and at home. The harder your work during class the better
you will learn and the less you need to work outside of class trying
to catch up. Link
to the learning levels.
Reflect - after a homework assignment you are
asked to correct and reflect. This is done independently. When
reflecting think about the kinds of mistakes you made sp that you
will not make them again. When reviewing for a test you may want to
look back at your reflections to help you study. We also correct and
reflect after a test to be sure that you understand the concepts that
you may have gotten wrong the first time.
Hanging Work on the Back
Wall - I select work to hang on the back wall
that is exemplar and the kind of work that I want others to model
their work against. Often it is POWs or mini projects that I hang up.
I can not hang everyone's work every time so I select a handful. Be
sure to check out the wall every once in a while to see how you may
have improved your work to get it on the wall the next time.
Extra Help with Ms. Hagan
- I am available in the morning, some study
halls, during lunch, and after school Friday 2:30-3:00.
- At the end of each chapter we will have a
formal test or quiz. This will be announced ahead of time and you
will know that it is coming. Exercises are given about once a week
and are not announced. Sometimes there are challenge tests or quizzes
given if you think that you are ready to push yourself to do harder
work. This is always an option for students.
- To make sure that you have not lost any of
the skills we have developed this year, skill drills will be given
during the week when there is no new POW.