In this course, students will be moving their mathematical thinking from the tangible, concrete world of arithmetic to the abstract world of Algebra. Students will cross this bridge through the use of visual models helping them to understand the symbols and grammar of algebra as well as its concepts. Although some people think algebra is never used outside of school, algebraic thinking is a fundamental skill that many of us use daily when analyzing relationships between quantities, noticing structure, studying change, generalizing, problem solving, modeling, justifying, proving, and predicting. Have you ever compared one cell phone plan to another? If so, you used algebraic thinking whether or not you decided to write out any mathematical formulas.
Mathematical modeling is embedded throughout Algebra 1 which includes the study of number and quantity, functions, reasoning with equations and inequalities, and interpreting categorical and quantitative data. Our learning focuses on three critical areas: (1) Deepen and extend understanding of linear and exponential relationships; (2) Engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions; and (3) Apply and interpret data models in order to better understand the world around us.
My goal, beyond helping students achieve success in Algebra, is to help my students become independent thinkers in addition to responsible and self-advocating individuals. Students will recognize that there are many ways to approach a problem and that the most important learning is happening when they are explaining why their approach is valid. Having a GROWTH MINDSET is an integral part of being a student in my class. By the end of this course, students should recognize that mathematics is logical, creative and even fun!
Foundation for High School Math Success – Mathematical Practices
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with mathematics.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
Canvas is used to communicate all course materials. It is the student’s responsibility to read, understand and follow the assignment calendars provided in Canvas.
Illustrative Mathematics - open source curriculum.
Big Ideas, Algebra 1 - online textbook which is provided.
DESMOS - free online graphing calculator app.
Content specific YouTube videos will be linked through Canvas.