A California native and product of K-12 Catholic Schools, Mr. Curry joined the U.S. Navy’s submarine force out of high school. He was selected for a naval commissioning program soon thereafter and graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon commissioning, he served in a variety of roles aboard conventional and nuclear powered submarines all over the world. After proudly serving the United States as a Naval Officer for 25 years, he left the naval service as a Commander at the beginning of this century and turned to teaching as another way to give back to the community. He received his first credential via post-graduate studies at Cal State Fullerton and has done additional post-graduate work at National University. Mr. Curry has been certificated to teach in California, Washington State, South Carolina and Arizona. He taught in high school and middle school, both public and private schools, and now focuses his efforts on teaching math to grades 5 through 8 while simultaneously serving as the Seventh Grade Homeroom Teacher. Mr. Curry has been actively teaching here at Christ the King since 2009. He has been married for more years than you’ve probably been alive, has two children, and six beautiful grandchildren.
Mr. Curry has been a member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) for many years. He has endorsements in Elementary Education, Middle School Math, English as a Second Language (ESL), Cross-Cultural Language and Development (CCLAD) and, of course, SEI here in Arizona. Furthermore, Mr. Curry is a Certified Catechist within the Diocese of Phoenix and teaches religion in addition to his primary emphasis on math. He and his wife are active members of Christ the King Parish where he is a lector and they both work in the H.O.P.E. outreach ministry.
Mr. Curry has garnered the following recognition since joining Christ the King Catholic School in 2009:
- 2010 Xavier College Preparatory “Golden Gator Award” for Excellence in Teaching
- 2011 Xavier College Preparatory “Golden Gator Award” for Excellence in Teaching
- 2013 Arizona Council for American Pravate Education (AZCAPE) “Teacher of the Year” (Finalist)
- 2013 Xavier College Preparatory “Golden Gator Award” for Excellence in Teaching
- 2014 East Valley “Middle School Teacher of the Year”
- 2014 Arizona Council for American Private Education (AZCAPE) Arizona’s “Teacher of the Year” (Winner)
Email Mr. Curry at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our adventures in sixth grade math begin with a refresher on positive and negative integers, fractions, and a bit on different ways of displaying data. An in-depth investigation into ratios and proportions, basic algebraic expressions and equations, geometry, and then briefly statistics and probability then ensues. all the while using the various representations of our rational number system. More specific guidance regarding what it is that will be taught this year is available here in the course description. The textbook, pictured to the left, provides the basic pathway through our mathematical adventure this year supplemented via Khan Academy and the IXL math program. All three of these are available on our iPads which provide us the ability to access essential resources, do assigned work, and submit assignments digitally from anywhere in the world. Additionally, digital resources provided by the textbook publisher can be obtained by simply clicking on the image of the text to the left and entering the codes provided separately.
In Grade 7, instructional time should focus on four critical areas:(1) developing understanding of and applying proportional relationships(2) developing understanding of operations with rational numbers and working with expressions and linear equations(3) solving problems involving scale drawings and informal geometric constructions, and working with two and three-dimensional shapes to solve problems involving area, surface area, and volume, and (4) drawing inferences about populations based on samples.
More specific guidance regarding what it is that will be taught this year is available here in the course description. Access to the electronic version of the textbook can be obtained by simply clicking on the image of the text to the left and entering the codes provided separately.
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IXL is a program that celebrates effort and persistence. Questions are dynamic, thought-provoking, and nuanced, so guessing your way to success is never an option. Instead, students are encouraged to learn from their mistakes and move through new challenges at their own pace if they are working alone, and at a set pace if challenged by the teacher based upon curriculum covered in the classroom. There’s no feeling that can match mastering a skill on IXL, since it comes with the satisfaction of knowing you really do “get it.” All students in the middle school math program are challenged with IXL Math at irregular intervals during the school year and can complete assignments at their leisure in math class, in school, or at home on their iPads, a laptop, or a desktop.
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Math 5: Is taught by Mr. McCloskey
Math 6: Math Connects to textbook and resources
Math 7: Math Connects to textbook and resources