The Common Core Mathematics Standards are designed to give students depth and true understanding of mathematical concepts and have been embraced by Booth teachers. In every classroom, a “road map” of the current unit can be found and students are encouraged to evaluate themselves on their progress. Students are challenged to break down problems and persevere in solving them and collaborative discussion is highly encouraged, as this is how mathematics is done in the adult world. Writing about mathematics is given high priority, and students are taught to construct written support for their solutions and to critique the arguments of others. Since each learner comes with different strengths and needs, teachers differentiate learning by using flexible grouping, individualized tasks, and conferencing with students about their goals and progress. Assessment is not limited to paper-and-pencil quizzes but includes a wide array of projects, online assessments, and quick formative checks for understanding. Teachers at each grade level work closely to share their best practices for student success and great ideas are shared with the entire math department at monthly meetings.
Congratations to this group of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Booth Students. They have been solving math problems after school each Monday since Sept. 12. The problems are random critical thinking problems written by professsional engineers. Many students complain about math homework, but these students love the challange of "thinking outside the box." We would like to say thank you for your time, energy, and hard work. 10 of these hard working students will represent J. C. Booth Middle School at the District competition in February. Some may be invited to the state competition at Georgia Tech. We hope that one or two may be invited to the National Competition. MathCounts coaches are Ms. Smoak and Mrs.J. Smith.