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Math – Pre-Algebra Mr. Gerdin Background • Education: • M.Ed Education (Loyola) • Masters Engineering Management (Northwestern) • BS Chemical Engineering (Wisconsin • Experience at Joseph Sears School • 9 Years 6th grade math and 6th, 7th, 8th grade science Other Experience: 15 Years engineering/project management for Fortune 500 Companies Pre-Algebra Math Goals • Build a solid algebra foundation • Improve problem- solving skills • Strengthen mathematical communication skills • Produce confident and flexible math thinkers Common Core State Standards • Developed through a state-led initiative that drew on the expertise of teachers, researchers and content experts nation-wide • Always been part of good math instruction, now will be more emphasized • Standards (what we teach) and practices (how we teach) are outlined in CCSS • Calls for more depth, less content What Are Mathematical Practices? • Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them • Reason abstractly and quantitatively • Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others • Use appropriate tools strategically • Attend to precision • Look for structure/patterns/repeated reasoning Math Placement at Sears • Matrix placement historically accurate • Utilized a number of metrics • Placement so instruction is appropriate to student’s current ability and aptitude • Work as a department and recognize that students grow at different rates. Therefore, placements need to be reasonably flexible. Sequence/Transition • Successful completion of this course will most likely lead to an Algebra 1 placement for the following year. • This has historically been via the NT Math program where students who qualify, take math at NT. • Ultimate placement into high school will depend on a number of factors including their placement test and teacher recommendation, and courses completed. Potential to Change Levels • The goal is to have the level instruction meet the needs of all students. • Grade C or lower in trimester • Parental Request Resources: • Algebra 1 – (Holt McDougal) • 1 Copy to Keep at Home • Classroom set of textbooks for use in class • Additional copies available for use at math lunch and homework club • Additional Resources – IXL, Connected Math, Sunshine Math, Mathalicious, etc. Supplies: Bring to Every Class: • • • • Math Notebook (prefer grid) Pencil w/eraser, Red Pen, highlighter Calculator (TI-83 Optional), Protractor & Ruler (as needed) Docket w/Math Folder Completed Homework in Notebook Homework Expectations: • Students are to do their homework every night. • Use class notes and videos as a guide. These can be found on my website. • Homework will be checked in daily. To receive maximum credit, the assignment must be completed in a timely and thorough manner. • Work must be shown as directed (write original problem, show all work, correct answer in red pen). Homework Policy on Time • Homework should take about half an hour each day. We may begin work in class • Stop if assignment is more than 45 minutes to complete OR stop the skip the problems that are not clear. • Write down what is understood and write down a question about what is confusing. We will work as a team to determine how to best serve the needs of your child. Math Homework Help • Make a concerted effort to solve problems prior to asking for help. • • • • • • • Review Class Notes or Watch Video Ask Classmate(s) Math Center at lunch Ask Parent (use notes) Ask Teacher (in class during homework review or RTI) Still Struggling? – Arrange Teacher Conference (before school, lunch, after school) Drop ins (prior to major assesments) Student Absent • Ask a friend in the class • Send me an e-mail • Look on website for notes, videos, plan for the week • Have student check with me upon return • Number of days of absence = number of days to make up work Homework Example Grading • • • • • • Homework – effort vs. accuracy (1-3 pts) Tests/Quizzes (<72% can retake/rework) Problem Solving/Presentations Scoring/Grading Per Sears Policy No extra credit Grade is points earned out of points possible Trimester 1 Curriculum • Problem Solving Practice with essential strategies • Properties of Real Numbers Computing with rational numbers Applying order of operations and the distributive property Classification of numbers • Linear Equations and Inequalities Multi-step equation and inequality solving with variables on one/both sides • Lines Work with linear equations in slope-intercept, point-slope and standard form • Proportions Overview of proportional relationships with emphasis on graphs Trimester 2 Curriculum • Systems of equations and inequalities Solving systems of linear equations by graphing, substitution and elimination • Exponents and Exponential Functions Apply exponent properties involving products and quotients with positive, zero and negative exponents Exponential growth and decay • Radicals Simplifying radical expressions and solving radical equations Distance and Midpoint Applying distance and midpoint to problem-solving Trimester 3 Curriculum • Pythagorean Theorem Apply to geometry and word problems • Volume and Angle Relationships Study of angle relationships with parallel lines cut by a transversal Emphasis on cones, cylinders, prisms, and spheres • Congruence and Similarity • Transformational Geometry Reflections, rotations, slides Dilations, reductions Statistics Thank You for Coming! • I am looking forward to a great year! • Please contact me if you have any questions: • 874-853-3825 • [email protected]