MICHAEL J. DENNEY

I'm very excited to be starting my eighth full year of teaching seventh grade math here at Porter.  As has been the case in recent years, all of my students will be taking Seventh Mr. DenneyGrade Extended Math, which will enable them to take the 8th Grade SOL Test at the end of the year and, if they are successful, to be enrolled in Algebra in Eighth Grade. I will be striving to make sure that all students understand the relevance of math to all of their other academic subjects as well as to everyday life.  I will also do my best to make math fun and engaging.  I look forward to work with both my Porter students and my Porter parents this year.

The Seventh Grade team uses Edmodo and ClassDojo frequently, and it is important for parents to sign up.  Students will be given passwords during the first week of school for their parents to complete the signup.

Please view the Seventh Grade welcome letter here.


6/6/20

The last week of school -- what a crazy year!  Let's make it easy.  We'll always have to know how to classify numbers.  So on my Distance Learning Links page I've posted the Real Number System Kahoot.  Have a great summer!  I'll see you on Wednesday when you come to school to pick up your stuff!

Below is an OPTIONAL weekly schedule for students and families to utilize during Home Learning. The schedule is to help with accessing resources, links, and activities; these can be completed at any time.  All students are encouraged to engage in the review activities below.These activities align withPWCS'svision of (60 for Elem. and 90 for MS) minutes per contentarea, per week. Students are encouraged to utilize this time to review and remediate objectives from the beginning of the year that they would like to improve on

Please reach out to the teacher with any questions.

5/13/20

Nine Color Problem

Nine Color Interactivity Link

3/30/20

Retakes
Several students have indicated their readiness to start taking retakes, so I wanted to clarify two things.  First, a parent will need to "supervise" the student during the retake (to make sure they access only the test); they should e-mail me with a time they are available, so that I can open up the test during that time period.

Also, in order to make sure that the tests are an authentic assessment, each test will have one "constructed response" question where you will have to explain your answer.  Students need to read the document, Constructed Response Questions, before they take any test.

If you have any questions, let me know!




3/24/20

I hope that you and your families are safe and healthy during these trying times.  
We will be receiving additional guidance in the near future about how to handle the standards we have not yet taught (or tested on, like the probability unit we were about to take a test on).  I will update this page as information becomes available, and will make resources available to review the standards that we were able to complete.  First, however, you should know what areas we did and did not cover before we left school on March 13.

Content Taught vs. SOL %
The chart pictured above, along with the document "Parent Guide to Math 7 Extended Standards," which can be accessed by clicking here, should give parents a pretty good idea what we did (and didn't do) this year prior to March 13.  The percentages used to make the pie chart come from my analysis of last year's Eighth Grade Math SOL test, and the chart is designed to give you an approximation of the relative weight that the state puts on the different Eighth Grade Math Standards. For example, SOL 8.16 (on Functions) is the most tested standard, with between 5 and 6 questions per test, while SOL 8.8 (views of 3-D objects) is unlikely to produce more than one question per test.  As you can see, we had covered approximately 80 percent of the curriculum when we left.

I have edited the "Parent Guide," which briefly describes each of the standards, to show which unit we covered the standard in (the stars with numbers), and which standards we did not cover (underlined).  

SCHEDULE
8:50 - 9:00 Lockers
9:00 - 9:45 Period 1
9:45 - 10:30      Period 2
10:45 - 11:15 Period 3
11:15-11:45 Lunch

11:45 - 12:10 Period 5
12:10 - 12:55 ENCORE
12:55- 2:05 Period 7
2:05 - 3:35 Period 8
3:35 - 3:40 Lockers
3:40 Dismissal