Welcome to Math 7/Math 8/ w/ Mr. Jeremy Galland!
Welcome to 7th grade.Welcome back for our 8th grade families.Please stay engaged in your learning.Its getting more complicated.It will take some extra effort to continue to succeed in these last 2 years at Kahlil Gibran.These 7th/8th grade years, 5 days a week you will have 5 teachers and 5 subject areas. In addition, there are 3 other classes that you will take just 1,2, or 3 times a week.You can handle these changes. You are older, more independent, and more responsible for creating your own schedule.PARENTS and Guardians....ask to see their math notebook and mathwork once every week. If they can't explain what problems they were working on that week, than they need extra support and structure and scheduling help from you.STUDENTS.... keep an organized notebook of your work in each subject area class....Stay positive. Stay active. Find a healthy balance for your daily schedule that includesschool work, family time, personal activities, and time with friends.For math units, concepts, skills....a simple google search can bring you to many helpful middle school math pages.check out emathinstruction.comlook into desmos.comalways free is khanacademy.orgnot free is dreambox.coma nice resource is mathwords.combesides math.... read a book for fun, learn some basic computer programming, play a strategy based game like chess, get better at a second language....See you in the classroom.-Mr. Galland
Degrees and Certifications:
Mathematics 7-12 Special Education Generalist 7-12 Special Education Extension for Mathematics 7-12
Mr. Jeremy Galland
Some years we follow I-Ready NY math,
In other years we have used
Emathinstruction.com, KhanAcademy, and/or EngageNY 7th and 8th grade math curriculum...
BUT ITS ALL structured to serve the same purpose....
HELP the Kids learn how to organize, plan, and develop skills and strategies for problem solving.
We use examples from physics, biology, economics, engineering, geometry, statistics, sports, baby-sitting jobs, design, and carpentry to help our students develop a deeper understanding of the concepts and uses of linear and non-linear relationships.
To support and/or accelerate your child’s math instruction, consider using the free website, app, and tools from khanacademy.org or look into dreambox, emathinstruction, and other resources online. Find the Engage NY sections and familiarize yourself with the foundation support lessons, videos, examples, hints, and practice problems.
Dreambox.com is not free but has a free trial period of course.
Beyond mathematics, consider exploring google's SKETCH UP for design, architecture, and technical drawing. MIT's SCRATCH program is a beautiful platform for students to learn block based computer programing through animation and game design.
I have been teaching Math 7, Math 8, and Algebra at Kahlil Gibran since 2014. I hold a Bachelor in Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Master in Arts degree in Secondary Mathematics Education from Mercy College.
Before switching careers from wall street to central avenue, I taught boat-building as a STEAM after-school activity in Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan public schools. I worked with middle school students at Brooklyn Boatworks and high school students through the alternative City-As-School and The East River Apprentice-shop, while running a financial derivatives commodity trading company operating on the New York Board of Trade. For many years, I have enjoyed being a youth coach in AYSO, Little-league, chess clubs, and Gibran modified sports.
Check in on the young kids in your family at least once a week academically. 7th and 8th grade is a big transition year in many ways. They still need your support, even though they give shorter and shorter answers to your school related questions. Success in middle school math can help them build the confidence to approach any and all high school challenges that are just a few months away... :)