Besides basic classroom needs (pencil, notebook, etc), it is recommended that students have a scientific calculator.
Textbook:Algebra 1, Prentice Hall, Copyright 2011.
Students must learn mathematics with understanding, actively building new knowledge from experience and prior knowledge. (NCTM Principles and Standards, page 20.)
Learning algebra involves the following, problem solving, reasoning, justifying ideas, making sense of complex situations, and learning new ideas independently- not paper-and-pencil computation. These are critical skills for all Americans. In the information age and the web era, obtaining the facts is not the problem; analyzing and making sense of them is. Traditional approaches teach skills and ideas before examples and applications. The approach that I utilize works the other way. Interesting questions and simple hands on activities precede the introduction of formulas and symbolic representation. By providing these activities, a meaningful context is created for the student to make the algebraic concepts more relevant.
This requires the student to make a commitment that is bigger than ‘waiting for the teacher to show you’ or studying the ‘worked-out examples’. You should expect struggles, hard work, and some frustration. Yet, as your algebra skills grow, you will overcome obstacles and be rewarded with a deeper understanding of mathematics, an increased confidence in your problem solving abilities, and the opportunity to be creative.
All of the above is based on the NCTM Principles and Standards, and it is these standards that were used to create the Pennsylvania State Standards. The following is a summary of the National Standards: Principles and Standards for School Mathematics sets ambitious goals for the teaching and learning of mathematics, including the following:
- Learning mathematics with understanding and acquiring the skills and knowledge needed to solve mathematical problems
- Having an in-depth knowledge of the traditional basics of mathematics as well as the expanded basics—such as data analysis and statistics—needed for the technological world in which we live
- Developing reasoning skills that will engender flexible and resourceful problem solving Achieving these goals requires solid mathematics curricula, competent and knowledgeable teachers who can integrate instruction with assessment, education policies that enhance and support learning, classrooms with ready access to technology, and a commitment to both equity and excellence.
Algebra 1 is the first in a series of rigorous mathematics courses offered particularly for the college-bound student. This subject is designed to develop understanding of the basic concepts of the real number system. It includes a study of number properties, equations, polynomials, and linear functions. Stress is placed upon logical thinking and computational skills.
- Basic Computational and graphing skills
- Probability and Ratios
- Percentages and Percent Change
- Linear Equations
- Distributive Property
- Rate of Change and Slope
- Equations of Lines
- Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalites
- Algebraic Proofs
- Quadratic Functions
The following methods will be used, for the year, to assess and evaluate student performance.
Assessments (Tests, Quizzes, Projects, etc): 70%
Based on our mission of giving every student a chance to reach his/her fullest potential, students will be allowed to make up work missed due to excused absences as stated in the student handbook and are encouraged to get additional help whenever necessary for better understanding of class concepts.