The Great Neck North Middle School Mathematics Department is committed to the belief that because all students have talent, they will become creative problem solvers, experience success in their math classes, and ultimately become productive members of our increasingly complex society.
BECOMING BETTER AT MATH MEANS DEVELOPING A MATHEMATICAL MIND!
The Standards for Mathematical Practice demand that all students:
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with mathematics.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
In order to build these habits, it is critical for parents, teachers and students to work together constantly. In particular, it is critical for students to set aside time to study every night, do homework, and attend extra help as soon as they experience any difficulties with their assignments. Parents can support these efforts by speaking to their children about what is taking place in their math class, checking their homework, reviewing their test grades and communicating with their teachers when problems are detected.
Thank you for all of your assistance during this remote teaching/learning experience. We can't do it without you. A number of you have reached out regarding resources that could be used to continue to reinforce and enhance math skills. If you are curious, we recommend the following options: (Click each link to access the websites.)
In this series of e-books (from 6th grade math to Algebra II/Trigonometry) students take an inquiry-based approach to developing a deep understanding of math. Each lesson is accompanied with a QR code that links to a YouTube video in which the author of the textbook teaches the lesson.
Students can learn a variety of topics of their choosing - from Pre-K all the way to Calculus! - by watching videos and completing computer-based multiple choice and short-answer questions. Students will receive immediate feedback on the correctness of their answers.
Although our subscription to IXL may be set to expire at the end of June, students will have two weeks to access this service. It is primarily used to build procedural fluency, or what some of us may remember being called "math drills." The problems automatically get more challenging as students answer them correctly, and students can choose topics from any grade, not just their current or future grade. Students can log in via Google using their Great Neck login.
For the students who likes the additional problem-solving challenge, or enjoys Math Olympiads-style problems, these questions combine a variety of skills using a timely theme each week.
Although I have not personally used these books, many parents seem to appreciate the ease by which they could use them at home with their children.
If you have any questions, or were curious about other materials about the quality of other materials you have come across, do not hesitate to reach out to me. Wishing you and yours a restful (and well-deserved!) summer.
All the best,
Mathematics Department Chair
Zachary Boyt, firstname.lastname@example.org (chairperson)
Katie Carmody, email@example.com
Lauren Frenz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Eric Friedman, email@example.com
John Frole, firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindsey Kostishak, email@example.com
Angela Kouroupos, firstname.lastname@example.org
David Powder, email@example.com
Pamela Rodriguez, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Sposito, email@example.com