In 8th grade math students will continue to learn how to write and reason with algebraic expressions, make a thorough study of linear equations with one and two variables, be introduced to the idea of a mathematical function, and understand congruence and similarity of geometric figures. We will focus on developing different avenues of mathematical thinking to help us become more powerful math problem solvers. These mathematical skills and ideas will help prepare your child for high school, college, and career.
Welcome to 8th Grade Math!
Everyone can learn math to the highest levels. There is no such thing as a "math"person. Everyone can reach the highest levels they want to with hard work.
Mistakes are valuable. Mistakes grow your brain! It is good to struggle and make mistakes.
Questions are really important. Always ask questions, always answer questions. Ask yourself: why does that make sense?
Math is about creativity and making sense. Math is a very creative subject about visualizing patterns and creating solution paths that others can see, discuss, and critique.
Math is about connections and communicating. Math is a connected subject and a form of communication. Represent math in different forms like words, pictures, graphs, equations, and link them.
Math class is about learning not performing. Math is a growth subject, it takes time to learn and it is all about effort.
Depth is more important than speed. Many top mathematicians think slowly and deeply.
from Jo Boaler's Mathematical Mindsets book
Diamond View Middle School
“In this class we don’t do easy, we make easy happen through HARD WORK and LEARNING!”