Welcome to Mr. Whitcher's Math Page !!
Not too many days of school left! We're on the home stretch! After this week, we have a 4 day week, another 5 day week, and then the final 3 day week, culminating with a late start and early release on Wednesday, June 10th.
This week, we will be taking the district-wide end-of-year assessment. All 7th graders at all three middle school will be taking the exact same test. The results will not be part of your class grade, but WILL be used to help determine class placement for next year and will be part of your record if you change schools.
On Friday this week, you will have a second chance test on surface area and volume of cylinders and prisms, as well as applying the Pythagorean Theorem.
Next week is a short week. You will work toward creating a scale model of a box or cylinder that you bring from home, which will be treated as a third chance test on that standard.
More updates to come. Thank you for such a great year. Let's finish strongly!!
Next week, you will have an assessment where you will create a scale model of a rectangular prism (a box) that you bring from home. Now is the time to start plotting and scheming by finding the perfect box at your house for this in-class project. The colorful and the out of the ordinary always make the best models! You will have a choice of enlarging a small box, or reducing a large box, so don't worry about the size of your original. I will give further instruction in class about when to bring your box. Start hunting today!
Here's the video of our trip to Salem on April 16. Thank you to an incredible group of kids for making this tons of fun for me, from our first practice to our final performance!
You all ROCK!!
About Me. . .
I LOVE teaching ! I can't imagine having any other job. I don't even consider this a job, because I love being here with the students every day. Don't get me wrong, I like having money as much as anyone else (food, clothing, car payments, etc.), but it is most certainly NOT my motivation for being a teacher.
I am entering my 8th year of teaching. "Wow!" you may think, "Someone as old as you must have been teaching for a long time!" The truth is, I've had quite a variety of jobs in the past, many of which you will hear about in class now and then, all of which have contributed to my understanding of how math works in the real world. My diverse past has also taught me that there is nowhere I'd rather be every day than in the classroom with smiling, energetic kids who are ready to learn all kinds of things.
I live in Tigard with my dreamgirl, Becky. You may know her as Mrs. Beeler at Tualatin High School. She is the greatest teacher in the world, and I've learned a lot from her! I have two daughters: Lindsey, who is a junior at Tualatin High School, and Elle, who will be 4 years old in November.
I have attended Washington State University, Guitar Institute of Technology, Portland Community College, Portland State University, and University of Phoenix, where I earned my Masters Degree in Education in 2007.
I also love playing the guitar and singing. This happens in class every now and then. Make sure you're here that day. :-) You can learn more about the music that happens in our classroom by checking out the MegaMath page on this site. Other things I enjoy: basketball, crossfit, Duck football games, and hanging out with my family.
I am excited to meet you and learn more about you !