Data and Statistics Unit Reflection

Statement of Inquiry

The way in which we collect, represent and interpret data helps us to identify patterns, understand relationships and solve real-world problems.

This was our first unit in math.  It was about data and statistics.  Now that we are finished with the unit, I will reflect on my own attitude, behavior, and progress in math.  I will discuss my progress using 2 ATL Skills:  Self-Management Skills and Thinking Skills.

Self-Management

During this unit, I think I did a good job with self-management skills.  I always use my time wisely in class.  I like to try to get all of my work done and if I need help, I ask the teacher for clarification.  I try not to distract other people and I am very responsible with all of my homework.  Also, I studied for the test so I think I did my best using my self-management skills.

 

Thinking Skills

During this unit, I really did try to use my thinking skills as much as possible, although I didn’t do a very good job on the problem that was challenging and unfamiliar.  I think I can practice using my thinking skills more when I am trying to solve challenging problems, and especially word problems.  I can highlight the important parts of the problem to make sure that I understand the problem.  Then, I can practice drawing pictures to help me solve problems or I can practice solving problems in different ways.  But now I know it is important to show my thinking on paper.

 

The Learner Profile

I think that I was a risk-taker in math class because I always try to raise my hand and volunteer or share answers in front of people.  I am a risk-taker when I do this because sometimes I am shy and I am afraid of getting the wrong answer, but I think I tried my best to share.

 

I was being a thinker in math because I really tried to solve more challenging problems in my journal.  I did not skip any problems.  Also, I like to try to solve the challenging riddles that Ms. Chagaris recently gave to us in class.

I was being principled in math because I was always organized with my work and responsible for all of my homework.  I always tried my best in class every day, and I am very respectful of my classmates.  If I want to improve, I think I can try to practice problems on ixl.com every day for at least 5 minutes per day.

 

Think Like a Scientist Reflection

Statement of Inquiry

Scientists think methodically using the scientific method to help them make connections and search for patterns or evidence, which in turn, assists them in solving problems more efficiently.

This was our first unit in science.  It was about the scientific method. Now that we are finished with the unit, I will reflect on my own attitude, behavior, and progress in science.  I will discuss my progress using 3 ATL Skills:  Self-Management Skills, Communication Skills and Social Skills.

Self-Management

During this unit, I think I did a good job with self-management skills.  I always use my time wisely in class.  I like to try to get all of my work done and if I need help, I ask the teacher for clarification.  I try not to distract other people and I am very responsible with all of my homework.  Also, I studied for the test so I think I did my best using my self-management skills.

Communication Skills

I tried my best using communication skills in science.  If you look at my notebook, you can see that I take good notes and they are organized.  Also, I am learning how to use the correct science vocabulary when I am writing lab reports or explaining something in science.   Last, I think I can learn to add more specific details to my answers when I am writing in science.

Social Skills

During this unit, I really did try to use positive social skills as much as possible.  When the teacher asks us to discuss things in our groups, I always participate and share my ideas.  I am also trying my best to get some of the shy people in the class to share their ideas if they don’t speak.  I am good at helping others when they don’t know how to do something on the computer.  I think I can try to work on speaking less.  Sometimes I talk too much and then other people lose their concentration in class.

The Learner Profile

I think that I was a risk-taker in science class because I always try to raise my hand and volunteer or share answers in front of people.  I am a risk-taker when I do this because sometimes I am shy and I am afraid of getting the wrong answer, but I think I tried my best to share.

 

I was being an inquirer when I did research for my experiment.  Before, I used to just ask Google a question and write down the first answer I see, but now I am looking for a reliable scientific resource from the internet that will give me true information.  I can use that information to try to explain my results.  

I was being a communicator in science because I studied new science vocabulary words such as independent variable, dependent variable, controlled variables, inference, prediction, and the scientific method.  I did a good job on my test when I was explaining my answers and I also did a great job on my lab report.  I worked hard at trying to write it like the example and I tried to discuss my reasons rather than just stating a quick answer without an explanation.

 

Making Digital Graphs

In math class, we studied about data and statistics. Our statement of inquiry was, “The way in which we collect, represent and interpret data, helps us to identify patterns, understand relationships and solve real-world problems.”

Today we practiced making digital graphs with Google Sheets. Below you can see my two graphs about Kaohsiung and Taipei average yearly weather.

 

The graph above shows the weather difference between Kaohsiung which is the blue line and Taipei which is the red line.

Practice Your Math Skills

 

Photo By: Gabrielle Figueiredo, 13/07/2018, https://sedacollege.com.br

How Can You Practice Your Math Skills on Your Own?

As a sixth-grader, you are old enough to know your strengths and weaknesses in math.  As we go over the NWEA math test results, you can identify your strengths and weaknesses easily at the beginning of the year.  Plus, by this age, you probably have already figured out which type of math problems you struggle with or which type of math problems are easier for you to solve.  You know if you like to solve real-world problems or if it is more difficult for you to read about a mathematical situation and plan how to solve the problem in your own way.  But you can always practice your math skills on your own.

One great place to practice math is going to the Khan Academy website.  There you will find tutorials, games and even online math classes – oh – and there are even other tutorials in other subjects.  Also, you can go to a section in that website that connects with your NWEA score.  It is the “mapper” section.  I found it by doing a simple search.  After you get your NWEA math scores, you can just simply follow the instructions and you can practice problems in different categories at your level.  Here are some other places you can go to practice your math skills:

  1. Google Classroom – I always include a hyperlink doc. which includes websites, games, and videos that allow you to practice for the particular unit we are studying.
  2. Blog Post – I created a blog post before in which I list practice websites.
  3. Math Playground – Kids tend to like Math Playground as it has so many online games.  You can choose your level and the math topic you want to practice.
  4. ixl.com – You can also go to your ixl.com Online account and play some of the games to practice.
  5. Google Search – Do your own Google Search for games to play, online tests, or tutorials for the types of problems you would like to practice.

Remember that in middle school, we try to prepare you to be knowledgeable and an inquirer.  You can always choose to study or practice beyond the four walls of the classroom.  Also, if you have any questions, don’t forget to ask your friendly math teacher.

Unit 1: Statistics and Data

Unit Title:  Statistics and Data

Statement of Inquiry:  The way in which we collect,  represent and interpret data, helps us to identify patterns, understand relationships and solve real-world problems.

In math, the first unit is about gathering, organizing, analyzing, displaying and communicating data.  Students will learn different ways to organize data and present data.  They will also practice analyzing data relative to real-world situations.  This unit is easily integrated with science as we begin to conduct experiments and investigations and write lab reports.

Vocabulary Terms

The following is the important vocabulary terms that students should know and use during this unit. Students can find unit 1 vocabulary terms in their math notebooks and also in Google Classroom.

Students also have access to other resources such as games and videos relative to unit 1 in Google Classroom. There is a HyperDoc with many links to websites, games, and videos.

 

Think Like a Scientist

Unit Title:  Think Like a Scientist

Statement of Inquiry: The scientific method helps scientists make connections and search for patterns or evidence which can be applied towards creating a scientific theory.

In science, our first unit of study is called Think Like a Scientist in which students learn the importance of using the scientific method, asking questions, making predictions and inferences,  making observations, organizing observations in data tables, and recording different kinds of measurements.

Assessment Objectives for MYP Science Year 1

In the MYP, subject group objectives correspond to assessment criteria. In science, there are four criteria:

Criterion A: Knowing and Understanding
Criterion B: Inquiring and Designing
Criterion C: Processing and Evaluating
Criterion D: Reflecting on the Impacts of Science

Each objective has eight possible achievement levels. Students will practice these objectives in class and then will need to demonstrate their abilities through different assessment tasks. Below are the general assessment objectives and the descriptors for MYP Science Year 1 students. More details will be provided with the specific summative assessment task; however, these are the general descriptors to be used throughout the year:

Assessment Objectives for MYP Math Year 1

In the MYP, subject group objectives correspond to assessment criteria. In math, there are four objectives:

Criterion A: Knowing and Understanding
Criterion B: Investigating Patterns
Criterion C: Communicating
Criterion D: Applying Mathematics in Real-Life Contexts

Each objective has eight possible achievement levels. Students will practice these objectives in class and then will need to demonstrate their abilities through different assessment tasks. Below are the general assessment objectives and the descriptors for MYP Math Year 1 students. More details will be provided with the specific summative assessment task; however, these are the general descriptors to be used throughout the year:

Understanding MYP Criteria Grades and Final Grades

Getting accustomed to the MYP grading system can be somewhat complicated.

For each class, there are FOUR CRITERIA SCORES (0 – 8 scale).  However, at the end of the semester, there is only ONE FINAL SCORE for each class and THAT SCORE is on a scale of 1 -7. 

This can be quite confusing.  Therefore, I found a very helpful video that explains the MYP  numeric system.   If you want to know more about MYP, you may find other posts in this category helpful.