Last week, we provided a few days of professional development to the great teachers of Lake Braddock Secondary School in Virginia. We were happy to share the Big Ideas Math program with them.
Thanks for having us, Lake Braddock SS!
The Big Ideas Math online textbooks have been updated from PDF format to a new interactive format that displays in your internet browser. Designed with multiple devices in mind, the new format is compatible with iPads and interactive whiteboards in addition to computers.
You can now easily navigate the textbook in your internet browser through the menu on the left-hand side of the screen after you select a book. You can also access the numerous student resources and tools from the menu. Everything you need is right at your fingertips!
Differentiation provides clear learning goals that are rich in meaning. It provides various avenues and support systems to maximize the chance of each student succeeding with those rich and important goals. It places the student at the center of the teaching and learning process rather than the teaching being driven by the “way” the teacher would explain the material.
Today’s students don’t learn the same way as one another. There are various learning styles such as Kinesthetic, Linguistic, and Auditory to name a few. When teachers differentiate, they tailor their instruction and adjust the curriculum to meet the students’ needs rather than expecting students to modify themselves to fit the curriculum.
Differentiated instruction is:
Differentiation is not teaching at a slow pace so that everyone can keep up. It is connecting curriculum in the classroom with life happenings outside of the classroom in order to make learning meaningful (Voltz, 2003). When students take ownership of their learning, they become involved, interactive, and take control by using their individual learning styles to access information, interpret material, and demonstrate what they have learned.
As Alice Cooper sang, “Schools out for Summer…”, but as parents we worry about our child retaining all the mathematical knowledge they gained during the course of the school year.
Big Ideas Learning has provided a free online resource to assist your child in preparing for the upcoming school year. You and your child can access our Skills Review Handbook online. This handbook has full color pages that provide examples and practice of concepts from prior grades. Below we have identified those Topics that should be reviewed in preparation for the upcoming year.
[To access the Skills Review Handbook, use the link above or click here.]
For incoming 6th grade students, the following topics are necessary prerequisite concepts:
Topic 1.1 Topic 1.3
Topic 1.4 Topic 2.3
Topic 4.1 Topic 4.2
Topic 6.1 Topic 6.2
Topic 8.4 Topic 9.2
Topic 11.2 Topic 12.2
Topic 16.2 Topic 17.3
For incoming 7th grade students, all of the above 6th grade topics plus the following:
Topic 3.1 Topic 3.2
Topic 5.4 Topic 6.3
Topic 6.4 Topic 8.2
Topic 8.3 Topic 9.3
Topic 9.4 Topic 10.2
Topic 10.3 Topic 11.1
Topic 11.3 Topic 15.1
Topic 17.2 Topic 18.2
For incoming 8th grade students, all of the 6th and 7th grade topics plus the following:
Topic 4.3 Topic 4.4
Topic 5.2 Topic 13.1
Topic 14.2 Topic 16.1
Topic 18.3 Topic 19.3
Note to teachers: Please feel free to share this resource with your students and parents for the upcoming summer break.