# Intelligence Plus Character

“Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”
-Martin Luther King Jr.

As a nation, we celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. this week for his contribution to peace and justice in America. As middle school teachers, we see hope for a better future in our students. That is why we show up everyday with open hearts and open minds. We truly believe in Dr. King’s vision for children to be judged by their character and not the color of their skin.

At The Cooper School, we launched our empathy SEL unit this week. However, no matter what social and emotional skill we are concentrating on, we strive every day to practice empathy not only towards our students, but towards each other through thick and thin.

Here’s a look at what is happening in each of the classes:

What’s happening in Science:
Sixth Graders explored the Earth as a system, as well as the four subsystems -the geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere. They researched, discussed, and presented food webs from various ecosystems on our planet. The presentations were creative, humorous, and most of all very scientific! Next week, they are going to start a case study about development on the salt marsh here in Charleston. We will be going on a couple of field trips to the marsh during the study.

What’s up in Math?
Mathematicians demonstrated mastery of multiplication and division involving decimals on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. We have now started our new unit involving equations and expressions. The first lesson shows how equations can be represented with tape diagrams. This shows how multiplication is repeated addition, and how addition is just adding two pieces together. Students were able to write equations for tape diagrams, draw tape diagrams given equations, and match tape diagrams with appropriate equations. We will continue working with equations and expressions moving into next week, introducing percentages and fractions. Solving equations is my absolute favorite thing to teach so I am super excited to be in this unit!

What’s happening in ELA?
Sixth Graders are busily typing up their research papers! I am really excited to see the end results of their hard work.. This week, your nonfiction readers have been working on in-text citations (giving credit to the work of others that they cite in their research papers), cover sheet, and reference page. Your students are using APA style to write their citations and references. Your readers/writers were introduced to https://www.citethisforme.com, which will help them to write their in-text citations and references correctly. You can help them by reading over their rough drafts to detect grammatical errors and misspelled words. Students must have three to five main ideas with supporting details. The final result should be a completed research paper with three to five paragraphs. We are also working on identifying action verbs in grammar.

Important Dates:
February 1st- Middle School Information Session (6pm-7pm)
February 21-22- February Break