Wade Math - Grade 7

Teacher: Mrs. Cathy Wade, cwade@stclarepdx.org

This is my seventh year teaching at St. Clare and I am delighted to work with such a wonderful team of dedicated educators and families!

In my 20+ years in education, I have taught at St. Thomas More and Christ the King in the Portland Archdiocese, and at St. John's in the Seattle Archdiocese.

I enjoy professional development opportunities that challenge me to do puzzling mathematics and that encourage thoughtful educational practice. Attending math conferences, reading math journals, and joining in math circles with other teachers continue to inspire a love of learning.

I believe that education is the process of uncovering, discovering - seeing with new eyes the wonders about us. The greatest joy for me in teaching is to be part of the "Aha!" moments as students develop new understandings, make new connections, and consider new questions.  I believe that there is a mathematician within each of us and that disequilibrium is a sign of new learning

My role is to facilitate meaningful learning experiences that support students in their growth as confident, competent mathematicians. 

I look forward to working with you!

Cathy Wade


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The Archdiocese and the State of Oregon are among the first in the nation to adopt the new national math standards.  These standards teach fewer topics each year, but cover each topic to more depth. The students will see the topics again when they use them but not as teaching points.

7th Grade accelerated math will expore the following topics with the approximate timelines:
     First Trimester - Proportions and Probability
     Second Trimester- Shapes and Angles/Algebraic Equations
     Third Trimester - Geometry

These topics will be the focus of our study. Previous topics will be reviewed as needed to maintain skills in operations with rational numbers, equations, and problem solving.

Students and parents may access the online textbook, worksheets, and support materials by  accessing Oregon Focus on Mathematics  - http://www.corefocusonmath.com/  (click in upper right)

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Mathematical Practices

We emphasize mathematical practices as we approach each area of content. These practices include the following standards:

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  4. Model with mathematics.
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  6. Attend to precision.
  7. Look for and make use of structure.
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.


Students can expect daily assignments with some class time alotted for students to begin their assignments.    

All grades will be determined in the following way:
     Tests, Quizzes and Assessments    50%
     Assignments, Notebooks, and projects   50%

Extra Help
I encourage students to share ideas, questions, and alternate strategies, and to advocate for themselves when concepts are challenging.  The entire class benefits when members participate in the community of learners. If students need assistance beyond our scheduled class time, I am available before school and during lunch/recess by appointment.  

Please feel free to email with questions or concerns.