I. Course Description:Students in Algebra 1 continue their study of patterns and relationships, formalizing their knowledge, learning to use symbolic notation and connecting their understandings to the real world. Units of study will include linear equations and inequalities, linear, absolute value, quadratic and exponential functions, systems of equations and inequalities, polynomials, radicals, and data analysis.The curriculum is aligned the Common Core Standards for Mathematics and encourages all learners to take an active part in meeting the goals outlined below.
This course aims to:
enable students to make sense of various types of problems and the reasonableness of their answers
build student confidence with the various approaches to solving a problem and persevere in solving them
encourage students to become abstract thinkers who make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations
develop students’ ability to cooperatively discuss, make conjectures and critique ideas of one another
use, apply, and model mathematics to solve problems arising in everyday life, society, and the workplace
consider the variety of available tools when solving a mathematical problem
communicate mathematical ideas precisely and effectively to others
determine a pattern or analyze structure within mathematical content to apply to related ideas
- use repeated reasoning to follow a multi-step process through to completion
II. Required Text & Materials:
- Big Ideas Math Algebra 1
- One inch binder (spiral notebooks are unacceptable)
- Lined notebook paper
- Four section dividers
- Graphing Calculator (TI-84 recommended)
III. Grading Policy
The marking period grade will be based on a weighted point system. Homework will be assigned almost every day. All assignments must be kept in the math notebook and be neatly and sufficiently completed to receive credit. Homework will be checked sporadically for completeness. Homework will account for 10% of the grade and assessments will account for 90% of the grade.
IV. Late work & Make-up Policy
Late work will only be accepted for an excused absence or excused tardy. The work must be shown on the day you return to class. If you miss class, you are responsible for getting the assignments from the website or from a classmate. If you are absent on the day of an assessment, you will be expected to make up the assessment upon your return during your study hall. If you don’t have a study hall, you will be given the assessment during class time. When you know you’re going to be absent, it is your responsibility to get the assignment(s) ahead of time. For extended absences, you will be given sufficient time to make up missed work. You will receive a zero on any assessment or homework assignment that is missed because of an unexcused absence or cut class or not completed in the allotted time.
V. Class ParticipationYou are expected to contribute positively to class discussions by respectfully listening to and responding to others. There will be many opportunities to demonstrate work at the board, ask questions and work cooperatively with a peer or in a small group.
VI. Classroom Expectations
· Arrive to class on time with all necessary materials
· Begin and stay on task without reminders
· Be an active listener (keep head up, stay in your seat)
· Treat the learning environment, other students and adults with respect
· Accept responsibility for your own work and behavior
· Abide by the MHS Honor Code
· Follow classroom policies
o No food/drink allowed.
o No cell phones at any time. Phones must be placed in your backpack upon entering the classroom.o Bathroom use allowed before /after class instruction.
VII. Teacher Availability
I am available each day from 7:10 until 7:40 and after school.