In math class students strive to learn math communication, computation and concepts. Students benefit from having two professionals in the classroom to ensure that all students' needs are met. We don't simply teach and move on. If assessments show that a student needs additional time, we reteach and they make corrections and/or redo the assessment to demonstrate mastery. If they need more support we provide that via a daily intervention class that focuses on a specific math skills or knowledge deficits. Some students, for example, work on developing accuracy and automaticity in math facts, a crucial skill that can be a barrier to developing higher math skills.
In 7th Grade mathematics, our purpose is to build foundational math skills for life (99% of careers) by students learning the primary math properties (rules of the game of the international language) and the four basic operations (+, -, x, /) with; whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and mixed numbers.
In 8th Grade mathematics, our purpose is to prepare for High School math, specifically Algebra I. We begin the "math mind shift" by learning; variables in equations, basic four operations with real numbers, introduction to functions, solving equations, graphing equations, plus displaying and interpreting data.