No Algebra in Middle School

No Algebra in Middle School

      What type of advanced math courses does Desoto County offer in middle school? In seventh grade, the advanced math course, which used to be called “Pre-algebra”, is now named Compacted 7th Grade Math. This class takes students through the seventh grade math curriculum at a faster pace than the regular seventh grade math class so that some of the eighth grade math concepts can also be taught during the fourth nine weeks. The...

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Math Practices

Math Practices

            The mathematical practices are a big part of the Common Core Standards. These practices rest on important processes that are essential to mathematics: problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, representation, fluency, conceptual understanding and a belief that math is useful and sensible. The 8 Mathematical Practices form the backbone for building understanding in mathematics.  You could call...

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Problem Based Learning

Problem Based Learning

        What is Problem-based Learning? Problem based learning is a teaching strategy that places students at the center of their learning. Teachers become facilitators of learning in the classroom and not directors of instruction. In a problem-based learning classroom, the teacher poses a problem to the class and allows students time to actively think, discover, and work collectively to find a solution to the problem....

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Growing Students Through Guided Reading

Growing Students Through Guided Reading

  Elementary teachers across DeSoto County are committed to meeting the reading needs of their students. One way they do this is through small group guided reading instruction. Numerous research studies show that working with small groups of students with similar needs is one of the most effective methods for growing readers. The primary goal of guided reading is to teach comprehension skills using instructional level texts; in other...

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How to Raise a Reader

How to Raise a Reader

  It’s never too early, and it’s never too late. Whether you are the parent of an infant or a teen, one of the most effective things you can do to develop literacy skills is having a home that supports literacy. Home environments for reading and writing should be given equal consideration to classroom environments. As claimed by Rasinski and Fredericks, “A literate home environment doesn’t teach children how to read; rather, it provides...

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Fluency in Math

Fluency in Math

        Fact Fluency Fever!                 There are two kinds of mathematics: memorizing rules and understanding them. Memorizing rules is referred to as procedural fluency, the “how” in performing procedures accurately, efficiently, and with flexibility. On the other hand, conceptual understanding is the “why” behind knowing what makes the operations work. It enables students to understand the concepts they study and find...

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Connecting Students to Success: Thematic Instruction in Action

Connecting Students to Success: Thematic Instruction in Action

        Tales from the Heart. Creative, Inventive, and Notable People. America in Conflict. These are just a few of the themes that students are investigating in DeSoto County’s classrooms, and the experiences across the curriculum are limitless. The thematic approach has been around for decades. Thematic units build around a certain theme with a central idea to connect the topics within the unit. The 5th grade unit America...

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