By Amy Berg. **6th Grade Math**. Published at Thursday, December 10th, 2020 - 12:35:15 PM.

The Douglas Academy Current and former students, community members and staff from the San Antonio Schools staff gathered in the historic auditorium of Douglass Academy on Sept. 26 for a homecoming celebration and dedication ceremony to mark the completion of a major construction and renovation project at the school. "Douglass Academy has a rich history and tradition. Our children here have inherited that history and they have the potential to become all that they want to be," said District Superintendent Dr. Robert J. DurĂ³n on the stage where legend has it that Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and B.B. King once performed.

Marilyn Burns, a well known math expert, has been addresses math anxiety since 1970 with her first book, "I Hate Mathematics" right through to her more current book, "Math; Facing an American Phobia" 1998. The latter book speaks to math anxiety as a growing phenomenon. And more recently "Math for the Anxious" by Rosanne Proga, copyrighted 2005 also is very clear about math anxiety and its causes. Of course, all this math anxiety is good; at least it is for the math textbook industry. Math anxiety sells math textbooks. Parents are concerned that their children learn math better than they did. Teachers are calling for a better way to teach math. This is great news for the math textbook companies. For you and me, this is bad news.

I recently spent a few days with a group of sixth graders teaching a unit on puberty. On my first day in the classroom, the kids were nervous, anxious, apprehensive and giggly! If giggly is not really a word then Im suggesting it be added to the dictionary, as I encounter it in the first few minutes of every 5th and 6th grade puberty class Ive ever taught. Okay class, let us begin. Day 1 We begin the unit by answering the most pressing question, "Why do we have to talk about this?" which the kids do a great job of answering for themselves. We then move onto "When will the changes start happening to me?" along with "What exactly will happen?" and "How long will it take until its over?"

The next step is a conversation about why boys/girls act the way they do, followed by lots of questions about crushes, flirting and relationships. Theres also some discussion about parents and why they seem to be so annoying, but at this point the kids are much more interested in themselves and their classmates. We have one more day together. I ask each gender separately how they would like to frame our last day together. Unanimously the kids tell me they would like to ask each other some questions to gain understanding into why boys/girls act the way they do. I give them an opportunity to write down their questions anonymously and end with an "anxiety check". Everyone is feeling pretty comfortable.

Here are 7 parenting practices I learned from my mother: Adherence to faith in God-We were a family of witchdoctors and traditional beliefs. My Catholic mother was the only one who never participated in finding out how a pain or the death of a child might be the work of a neighbor with witchcraft powers. In the long run, witchdoctors lost their ground as family members, uncles, and grandparents, one by one, turned to the God of my mother. She prayed for food, even tea, before starting to work, before going to bed, after waking up, and all the time. Work ethics-One day in 1969 exemplifies mothers commitment to work. My mother was pregnant at the time. She and I spent the day harvesting sweet potatoes, peas and pumpkins. We took those items home and she prepared dinner. After 8 pm, she asked me to escort her to the local hospitals labor ward, where by midnight she gave birth to a son. I never saw my mother idle.

Once your child(ren) have found the topic for their experiment, it is necessary that they immerse themselves in the information surrounding the topic. By learning as much information about it as is possible, they are better prepared when they present their experiments results, to not only give a good showing of their results, but also to answer any questions that any viewers might have. The power that is held by knowledge, can give your child(ren) a taste of what it is like to be highly intelligent -- and enjoy it. Although there are rough spots to be expected, for the most part, encourage your child(ren) and allow them to bring their creativity to light and use it in an excellent way in their presentation. Try to point it out to them how much of a chance their 6th grade science project is for them to creatively complete something of their choosing, and use it to educate people around them. Giving them the chance to express themselves, even through a 6th grade science project, can mean the world to them, especially at such a difficult age. By giving them the freedom to choose their own topics, you are also encouraging them to expand their knowledge and interest in the world around them through discovery of animals, objects, or ideas by completing their 6th grade science project. Give your children the world, and open up the door to their future -- encourage them to complete their 6th grade science project on their own.

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