|Middle School Math Curriculum|
Pre-Algebra and Algebra Curriculum
There is a great deal of discussion about math concepts and uses, historical development, famous mathematicians, problem solving, and personal significance. There is also a good amount of written work, some games, and some projects. There is about 20 minutes of concentrated math homework every night. There are two (or more) different levels of math, since the class comprises both seventh and eighth grade students.
The expectations for this class are high. Participation is an integral part of the learning process. Respect for the ideas of others, and comments relevant to the topic at hand are crucial. Occasional appropriate humor is appreciated. Written work must have name, date, and assignment, and be neat, organized, and complete. All steps must be shown and answers labeled when necessary.
Students are required to keep their math work in a 1.5” 3-ring binder with dividers and will be developing their own portfolio for the class. The difference between the Notebook and Portfolio is simple. The Notebook is the Portfolio in progress. The Notebook serves as an organizational and study tool. The Portfolio is a collection and a showcase of what the student has accomplished throughout the year.
Study for exams and quizzes is accomplished through the use of a very special and quite effective method developed by the teacher. This specific study method requires the use of the portfolio and a lot of scratch paper. Students are allowed to use a 3”x5” index card with handwritten notes or formulas (both sides) on each exam.
Grading: 30% Exams; 70% Homework, Quizzes, Projects, etc.
The 7th/8th graders will be divided into two math levels according to prior math skills, moving through the topics at a flexible pace in order to master them. Topics will likely include some (but not all) of the following:
• Rational numbers
• Real numbers
• Lines and slopes
• Ratios and proportions
• Powers and roots
• Quadratic Equations
• Geometry topics
There is no limit to the math a student may learn in this course. If a student progresses more quickly through the material, and would like to move ahead, the teacher has the ability to mentor an individual student through trigonometry, pre-calculus, calculus, linear algebra, multi-variable or vector calculus, or differential equations.
In addition to these objectives, the class has the flexibility to pursue topics of interest at appropriate times. All students also have the option to participate in the Santa Cruz County Math Contest.
Middle School Teachers
Aaron teaches 7th and 8th grade science, math, computers, choir, and drama. He has a Bachelor's Degree in Physics from the University of New Hampshire and a teaching credential in physics. He taught high school and college physics for two years, worked in the electron optics industry for two years, and has been an outdoor/ environmental science educator for six years. He plays and gives private instruction in saxophone, flute, Celtic style penny whistle and wooden flute, and voice.
Veronique joined the Spring Hill community in 2009 after having taught for 12 years in Los Gatos and Hermosa Beach. She received her Bachelor's degree in Political Science, as well as her Teaching Credential and Masters in Education from University of California, Los Angeles. She has served as a mentor teacher for her district on several occasions, as well as participated on a middle school task force. She worked for many years with the local high schools in her area to ensure a smooth transfer for the middle school students. Veronique enjoys traveling to foreign countries, as well as backpacking the Sierra with her two daughters and husband. She has a passion for cycling and rode across the Pyrenees for her 50th birthday.