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We run math and science out of our classroom and rotate through SS, Science and Language Arts for 60 minutes daily. We have a sunny, south facing window and normally have an active terrarium and/or aquarium, some Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches and a rocking Red Wiggler worm farm on our shelves. We also have a strange collection of natural objects from as near as Quonochontaug and as far away as Peru lining our room. You're welcome anytime for a visit!
Our 8th grade math curriculum follows the McDougal Algebra I text (http://www.classzone.com). We also develop and exhibit projects for a school-wide Math Night. Students who advance quickly through math at lower grades join us occasionally and may take a high school text-based Geometry class as an independent study in 8th grade. We teach chess as part of our introduction to math and many students end up competing in the RI Chess Association Middle School League (http://richess.org/).
We use homework as a reinforcement of the skills taught during the school day. Typically at Highlander, students and families can expect about 10 minutes of homework per grade level. In 8th grade, we try to balance this to be not more than 20 minutes per subject of math, science, literacy and social studies. Teachers typically give out their email and/or phone numbers to assist with homework problems but students are also encouraged to develop "homework survival strategies" for high school which include seeking assist/guidance from trusted (non-teacher) adults, peers and/or reliable online resource when challenge points arise. We use the Edmodo Learning Management System as an online tool for student-teacher-family communication.
Teachers have been trained in the Responsive Classroom model to guide an introduction and sharing aspect to the class day. Most days, we work in heterogeneous mixed-gender groups and rotate through the four main subject areas (math, science, language arts and social studies. Students normally have either Art or PE once per weekday.
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