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A Rogue in Mathattan: A Ratio Challenge

November 11, 2020 | Melissa McCallihan

Ratios, rate tables and proportion have the been the focus of math at the end of this term. Students have learned how to understand the frequency and rate for a ratio table. They’ve also learned to reduce ratios and graph them on a coordinate plane.

Next week students will take on the challenge of finding a rogue thief, a mystery they will solve using clues hidden in math problems involving the topics we have studied thus far.

I wonder who will solve the crimes first!

Melissa McCallihan

Teacher, Grade 6; Science Grades 6-8

Teaching children to take risks and fail well is important to Melissa McCallihan, who has taught for over 30 years. She believes children learn as much through their failures as they do through their successes. She celebrates both in her classroom. In collaboration with the middle school director, art teacher, and other fourth and fifth grade teachers, Mrs. McCallihan has been instrumental in developing the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) program, an extension of the Lower School’s Shared Space model. “STEAM is where students solve problems and sometimes get it wrong,” says Mrs. McCallihan when asked about risks and failing well. “Students need to learn how to do that with grace, and to try again with grit and determination.” Mrs. McCallihan currently teaches sixth through eighth grade science.

Mrs. McCallihan cares deeply about relationships with her colleagues, students, and families. She works hard to make and maintain connections on a personal and professional level. And follows the mantra “Worship God, Love All.”

When not at school, you can find Mrs. McCallihan searching out a fantastic restaurant or hidden sight to see in New York City.

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