Mean absolute deviation can sound very intimidating. I remember being in a master’s class and we had to find the standard deviation of some data. Most people in the class had no clue what to do. Most 7th grade math teachers have been teaching math since before the Common Core came on the scene, so this makes mean absolute deviation a new topic for many of us. If you’re like me, you get worried when there’s a new topic. You want to teach it right, but you’re not confident with how to teach it. At least, not yet. It’s taken me a bit of time to feel comfortable with it, but this year I had so much fun teaching this concept. Let me show you step by step how I broke down and taught my 7th grade students about mean absolute deviation.
I Can Statements
Teaching probability gets kids interested because it so naturally involves dice, playing cards, and spinner. What 7th grade doesn’t love to spin things? Usually, they get in trouble for spinning things, so when we pull out the spinners and tell them to spin it, they look at us in disbelief. They wonder if it’s trick. We reassure them that they won’t get in trouble, and quickly they are hands on, having a great time experimenting with probability. I love how incorporating these manipulatives has a way of getting and keeping students’ attention. In this post I’ll break down for you how I chunk out and teach compound probability.
Do your students have a hard time remembering the formulas for the volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres? Well, if that describes you, then you have come to the right place my friend. I’m going to share a sequence of learning that has helped my students memorize these formulas. Every year when I teach this topic just about every kid can remember the formula after going through this process. I know that I sound like an infomercial, but that is genuinely how I feel about this topic in particular. If you follow these simple steps then you will have your students feeling success with the formulas for volume in no time.
I love probability. I can’t really explain why, but I find it so easy to understand and applicable to real life. My students, on the other hand, don’t seem to really know much about it when we start our probability unit and some of them have never even heard of it. I used to get so surprised when kids didn’t know anything about a topic. Now, I just realize that there is a lot to learn about in the world, and I love the chance to be the one to share something for the first time with them. The probability unit is not only fun, it also uses some concepts that we have focused on this year like proportions and rates.
Surface area can be a very tricky concept for 7th grade minds. It has a lot of moving parts in it and sometimes it is just too much for these little balls of craziness. I feel like with this topic you really have to go back to finding area, and then work your way through a forest of prerequisite skills. At the end of the tunnel you will come out with them having an understanding of what they are doing. Also, with this topic in particular I think there are many ways to get it and each students should use the way that works with them. Therefore, in this post I will show you how I chunk the learning for surface area through I can statements.