Welcome & Classroom Information
GREAT DAYS BEGIN AT LAS COLINAS
Welcome to 8th grade math at Las Colinas. Our district will use the Big Ideas math curriculum for the 2019-20 school year. This will be accessible online, and you will also have a hard copy textbook. Bring your textbooks, record and practice journals, notebooks, pencils, and a smile! When requested, please bring your Chromebooks fully charged. You can find out about homework assignments by clicking on the "8th Grade Homework" tab to the left.
Tutoring times will be available during parts of select lunch periods, after school, and by appointment. Please check back each week for up to date tutoring times. Tutoring times may also be used for test and quiz retakes.
I am very excited for my fourth year at Las Colinas (6th in PVSD) as I begin my 18th year teaching. This year I have the privilege of teaching 8th grade math and helping our students get ready for high school. I spent the past five years teaching 8th, 7th, and 6th grade math during the common core transition, so I have a perspective which allows me to know where the students have been and where they are headed. My favorite topics to teach include exponents and problems involving the interior angle measures of regular polygons. During my teaching career, I also spent over 12 years as a physical education teacher (PVSD Elementary PE Specialist, LAUSD, Camarillo Academy of Progressive Education, the Briggs School in Santa Paula, and an elementary school in Oregon). During my free time, I enjoy traveling (been to all 50 states at least twice), exercising (completed 3 marathons), spending time with my family (12 year old son and 9 year old daughter), and coaching. I coach the Las Colinas soccer program (won championship in 2019) and flag football team (with help from Mr. Jacobs). I look forward to another great school year!
Things Students Can Do To Raise Their Mathematical Level During A Break (or any down time)
- Click on the "links" section to the left and review concepts from the 7th grade textbook (integers, equations, proportions).
- Click on the "links" section to the left and review concepts from the 6th grade textbook (fractions and decimals, ratios)
- Review Class Notes
- Read ahead in the current chapter to gain a greater foundation for a topic that will be taught later in the month or year.
- If you are an A student, challenge yourself by clicking on the Algebra textbook link to give yourself extra problems.
- Go to Khan Academy in the links section and use the tutorials.
- Turn every road trip into a series of math problems. Example: If we are driving to Las Vegas and hit a one hour traffic delay over the first two hours, what speed will we need to drive the rest of the way to arrive by 5pm?
This may look complex now, but you'll be working with quadratics before you know it!