Middle School Math

I have been unhappy with what I have available for middle school math. I like linear and progressive, and I get frustrated with Khan Academy’s “solar system” approach. I want it to go in a straight line and it’s all over the place! I’m working on rewriting the math 10+ page. It won’t change dramatically, but hopefully it will be more orderly 🙂 and give some more options for different students.

I’ve also found some new middle school math sites. This site has 6th, 7th and 8th grade “summer math” courses. They each have about 100 days of short lessons. This looks like it could be used as a pre-algebra course. It a whole 36 weeks.

I’ve spent most of the day looking at these. I’ve added them to the 10+ math page and rewrote the Khan Academy section. I’ve changed it to keep them moving forward. I feel like my daughter spends all of her time reviewing on Khan Academy. I added a check list of all of the video topics for arithmetic and pre-algebra, which I’m about to check off myself, to see where my kids are in Khan Academy. I’m working on updating the check list to include all of the exercises and not just the video topics. When that’s done, we’ll have the number of exercises that need to get done for arithmetic and pre-algebra. Hope this helps add direction and purpose. You can, of course, just do your own thing. You can keep using the Khan Academy review exercises and just keep plugging along if it’s working for you.

Keep checking the Math 10+ page for updates as I get this all in its (hopefully) final structure.

One thought on “Middle School Math

  1. Gerald Neff October 26, 2013 / 5:05 am

    If it will help the kids think, and I mean think! Keep at it. I remember the days of the progression from arithmetic, pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, then trig. Do I remember all of them, can’t say, but it allowed me to think things through.

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