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Joan Cullum

OPEN HOUSE September 28, 2020 Presentation Link

Videos  Below:

  1. itslearning for Math 8 Students
  2. itslearning for Algebra Students
  3. itslearning for Geometry Students


Will you take PreAP Algebra 1 in the fall?  I look forward to meeting you!

Click HERE for the Summer Letter.  Click HERE for the Summer Assignment

About me

My husband and I have two grown children who went to SBMS and MHS, then to Texas A&M and Rice.  With a B.S. in Management from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!), I worked in sales and management for IBM, Oracle and Halliburton.  Eventually it was time for what I enjoy most: teaching math!  This will be my 19th year at SBMS.  I am blessed to teach Algebra I, Geometry and Math 8 and have also enjoyed teaching Geometry to high school students for 11 summers.

My certifications include:

  • Secondary Math (Grades 8-12)
  • Generalist (Math, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies) Grades 4-8
  • Online Instruction
  • Gifted and Talented

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Tutorials - 8th Grade Math

Tutorials will start in mid-September. Check back here for details then.

How to Study Math


Interested in improving your grade?  There is a lot you can do!
• Review the day’s lesson every night before starting homework. Watch videos on the textbook website or other math websites such as Khan Academy. 

• Do homework and bring it to class everyday.  Do math homework early; don't wait and try to do it when you're tired.
• Check your planner or my website to see that you are doing the right assignment. Ask a parent to check that you've completed it correctly.  If odd problems are assigned, then check your answers after doing the problems.  Rework any problems you missed until you understand how to get the right answers.
• Attend a tutorial every week.

• Correct every quiz and test.

• If you fail a test, then study, complete test corrections and attend tutorials.  Then schedule a re-test with me one day after school.  It will be a different test for a maximum grade of 70.  This process, including the re-test, should be completed within 2 weeks of my returning the test.

Getting ready for a test?  Prepare at least 2 nights.

  • Study your notes and review the lessons in the book.  Use flash cards if you need to memorize anything.
  • Study and correct all quiz and homework problems you missed.  Practice extra problems of the types that are most difficult for you.
  • Make a practice test with 20-25 challenging problems.  You can find these from challenge problems after each lesson, chapter quizzes and tests in each chapter, as well as the student handbook section at the back of the textbook.
  • Use a timer and take the test in strictly 40 minutes.
  • Use check steps or ask a parent to help you grade it.

All students who fail a test should TAKE ADVANTAGE OF RE-TESTS.  Re-tests need to be scheduled with the teacher. 

Before re-testing, the student must attend a tutorial and the teacher or tutor signs that the test corrections have been reviewed.  Parents need to sign the original test next to the grade.

Re-tests should be completed within 2 weeks of receiving the original, graded test or by the end of the grading period, whichever is sooner.  Re-tests need to be scheduled with your math teacher.  Maximum re-test grade is a 70.

The following helpful information is from a Texas A&M newsletter:

Provided by Student Counseling Service
A moderate level of stress before and during an exam is useful, as it helps a student perform at their peak. Too much stress, or test anxiety, can keep a student from being able to focus on the task at hand. If your student is feeling overwhelmed by upcoming final exams, encourage them to keep in mind these tips for overcoming test anxiety:

Before the exam:
• Manage your time well: get plenty of sleep, find time to exercise or be active, and schedule time to study.
• Focus on healthy behaviors: eat regular meals, drink water and other non-alcoholic beverages, choose healthy snacks (excessive sugar can make you drowsy), limit caffeine – it increases anxiety.
• Study in places that have minimal distractions.
• Take notes of your notes and chapters, use flash cards, or try to condense your notes each time you review for the next review.

During an exam:
• When you are taking a test, keep positive thoughts in your mind (yes, you can!) • Read all directions thoroughly • Read all questions carefully • Take a deep breath, stay focused, and STOP negative thoughts.



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