Middle School Mathematics


Math teacher Tiffany Marsh discusses math at Beaver.

The Mathematics Department offers a sequence of courses by which students can gain an understanding of the style and content of mathematics, become adept in its fundamental skills, develop an understanding of the analytic power of mathematics through problem solving, and begin to explore the subject for the beauty of its abstractions and the variety of its applications. Confidence building and minimization of fears are conscious goals.

Math - 6th

In this course, we will focus on integrating skills and using logic to solve problems and understand mathematical ideas. Students are introduced to pre-algebra concepts such as integers, variables and equations. In addition, students work on the order of operations, decimals and fractions, percents and graphing. While gaining confidence in their own abilities, students can also exchange ideas and improve their communication, problem solving, and reasoning skills.  Computer software, projects, calculators, games, and hands-on activities support the curriculum. Emphasis is also placed on expressing mathematical ideas and connections in both verbal and written form.

Risk taking, inquisitive thinking, accuracy, and clarity of expression receive considerable attention and are major components of the course.

Math - 7th - Pre-Algebra

In this course, students further explore pre-algebra concepts. Students will work with ratios and proportions, exponents and solving equations with decimals and fractions. Students are also introduced to inequalities. Classroom activities enable students to work both individually and in small groups. While gaining confidence in their own abilities, students can also exchange ideas and improve their communication, problem solving, and reasoning skills. Computer software, projects, calculators, games, and hands-on activities support the curriculum. Emphasis is also placed on expressing mathematical ideas and connections in both verbal and written form.

All students should expect to dig deeply into topics, tackling unfamiliar problems that require the integration of many different skills. Students will be faced with new challenges on a regular basis and will have opportunities to work both collaboratively and independently.

Mathematics - 8th - Algebra I

In this course, students will work with real numbers, solve equations, factor polynomials, analyze linear and quadratic functions and apply algebraic skills to a variety of problems. Reading for understanding and generating strategies for problem solving are skills which are emphasized throughout the year. Students will build their abilities to use more sophisticated mathematical language.

All students should expect to dig deeply into topics, tackling unfamiliar problems that require the integration of many different skills. Students will be faced with new challenges on a regular basis and will have opportunities to work both collaboratively and independently.