In order for students to be prepared for high school and prepared for the real world, middle school expectations need to change. The rigour needs to be increased and the instruction strengthened to include real world tasks that are challenging and engaging to individual students. The motivation learned from these tasks will carry students successfully through high school and after.
How can a math class look different? This article descirbes a different look at curriculum and instruction to help middle school students achieve high results that they didn't achieve in the traditional setting. No one class will be the answer for all, but there are some ideas that can work for many.
Front Row Education is working to raise the level of math education for all elementary and middle school students by providing resources for everyone needs. By differentiating the resources, teachers can continue to work to advance all learners in their classes.
The middle school is often just that, in the middle. They feel squeezed at both sides by what the high school wants and what they receive from the elementary school. This site provides ample opportunities for middle school teachers to focus on what they do best.
Dan Meyer highlights everything that needs to change in math classes today in order for our students to be successful. As a former classroom teacher, he has been on the front line of education and is willing to make bold, brave statements about what should and should not be happening inside today's classes.
In the past, the textbook was the map to curriculum, instruction and assessment. What happens when you no longer have access to textbooks for your classes. This teacher has improved student understanding and assessment results by not using a textbook.