Welcome to Sharp Middle School and Mrs. Sowers' Math Class. My education degrees include The Ohio State University and The University of Maryland. Additionally, I have completed extensive graduate work at Xavier University and The University of Cincinnati. My previous experience includes teaching Math, grades three through eight and Algebra I. Prior to Sharp Middle School, I have taught in Calvert County, Maryland and retired from Cincinnati Public Schools, where I served as lead teacher and wrote curriculum for the district.
I believe, with a little effort, all students can learn Math. It is my job to provide opportunities for each child to build on their previous experiences and to help them find the connections that will make Mathematics meaningful for them.
Sixth Grade is the perfect grade to make this happen. Using the Common Core Curriculum, we will build on each child's previous knowledge of the number system while focusing on four basic areas of math.
- First, we will look at the relationships between fractions, decimals and percents while using rational numbers, which includes negative numbers. Computation will occur in all areas, focusing on developing an understanding of division of fractions.
- We will connect ratio and rate to whole number multiplication and division and use the concepts of ratio and rate to solve problems.
- Next we will build Algebraic understanding through writing, interpreting and using expressions and equations.
- Finally students will develop an understanding of statistical thinking by using real life situations. Continuously throughout the year, students will understand how to find their standing within the class and grade level through this statistical work.