Pre-Algebra Informational PowerPoint

Math – Pre-Algebra
Mr. Gerdin
• 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
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
• Produce confident and flexible math
Common Core State Standards
• Developed through a state-led initiative that drew on the
expertise of teachers, researchers and content experts
• 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
• 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.
• 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
• Algebra 1 – (Holt McDougal)
• 1 Copy to Keep at Home
• Classroom set of textbooks for use in
• Additional copies available for use at math
lunch and homework club
• Additional Resources – IXL, Connected
Math, Sunshine Math, Mathalicious, etc.
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
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
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
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
Work with linear equations in slope-intercept, point-slope and standard form
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
Exponents and Exponential Functions
Apply exponent properties involving products and quotients with
positive, zero and negative exponents
Exponential growth and decay
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
Emphasis on cones, cylinders, prisms, and spheres
Congruence and Similarity
Transformational Geometry
Reflections, rotations, slides
Dilations, reductions
Thank You for Coming!
• I am looking forward to a great year!
• Please contact me if you have any
• 874-853-3825
• [email protected]