7th Grade Religion

Welcome to October, the month of the Rosary!

For the past six weeks we have been working on a crucial element in the faith of any Christian, prayer. We have defined prayer, distinguished between a spontaneous prayer and a rote prayer, and identified at least ten common Catholic prayers. Then we turned to studying the five forms of prayer listed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church; blessing & adoration, petition, intercession, thanksgiving, and praise. We just wrappen up the unit by composing one of each type of prayer and I hope to be able to share some samples with you soon.

Our next three units will be from our new textbook "Christ in the New Testament". The first unit will be focused on the main teachings of Jesus, how we can better reflect them in our lives, and how they have been reflected in the lives of the Saints.


Algebra 1

October finds us getting into our new Algebra 1 books and ready to unravel the mystery of how to create and maniupulate algebraic expressions and equations so that we will be able to later solve a wide variety of equations, inequalities, and especially the real world problems that give meaning to the study of mathematics. Another key component that will be exphasized is to be able to express ourselves using mathematical terminology.

Algebra 1 students will also be assigned specific skill sets to practice a skill necessary for the lesson being taught through the use of the IXL website. The focus of these practice sets is to lead the students to the pursuit of accuracy over speed which is necessary for the mastery of the skill being practiced. Some class time will be alloted to IXL, but the majority of the work is to be done at home.

It should be an interesting year with new books and technologgy. I am glad to be back teaching math after a few years of teaching all the religion. I hope to see some of you at the parent teacher conferences.


6th Grade World History

We have been tracing the development of human beings from their origins and how archaeologists are able to piece together what their early experiences were like by studying artifacts found at excavsion sites. Our main objective was to determine how humans evolved from small bands of hunter-gatherers to large civilizations. What we have learned has been reflected in our two major projects of creating cave drawings depicting the life of early humans and creating a visual chain-of-events that led the the establishment of early civilizations which we will be studying next. Our work should be on display in the hallway leading to the cafeteria by October 5th. Check it out the next time you are here.

About Mr. Hoffhines

Dean Hoffhines teaches 8th grade Algebra I, 7th grade Catholic Doctrine and 6th grade World History.   He has taught at St. Eilizabeth's for 18 years. Mr. Hoffhines is a graduate of Putnam City High School and the University of Central Oklahoma.  He holds a BS degree in Mathematics and Science Education.  Mr. Hoffhines is a member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church where he is active in the Perpetual Adoration Program. Mr. Hoffhines regularly attends morning Mass on non-school days, is a St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, and enjoys playing cards, board games, and The Legend of Zelda video games.