Lisa Rupinski Grades 6/7 Math
In order to ensure that your child is making the most of his/her math experience in middle school, here are some things of which to be mindful:
1) Attendance is so important. Any day a student misses is at least an hour of practice/learning that they are forfeiting. When students are absent, it is their responsibility to get notes/work/assignments missed. The more quickly they accomplish this, the less likely the attendance will have a negative impact on their performance. If they are not well enough to do this while they are absent, they can do this when they return to school. Good times during school to get assignments or missed notes/worksheets would be during homeroom or ELO. Peer tutoring is also available on Tuesdays and Thursdays for students who need it.
2) When in class, the more active and involved the student is, the more successful he/she will be. In order to truly get the most of class, students should be engaged: asking questions, answering questions, following directions and staying on task. They should come to class prepared with all supplies.
3) Homework is crucial! Homework is assigned near nightly so that students have a chance to practice what was learned in class. Before they start their homework, they should review their class notes. They should also use their notes as well as the correlating lesson in their Big Ideas text book as a reference. When they finish, they should correct their work using the keys on my Google classroom. If they do not understand something after having gone through these steps, then they can reach out to a classmate if possible, or get clarification in class the very next day. There are also great websites like Khan Academy or IXL that students can use for extra help.
4) Utilize study skills!!! Students can rewrite notes, make flashcards, or form study groups.
Attached are documents that I typically hand out to students and parents at the start of the school year. They are great to refer to all year long.