- These are students who are lower level freshmen and not totally ready for Algebra.
- This is a new textbook for this course (McGraw Hill's Algebra Concepts and Applications). It was chosen because we use the Geometry Concepts and Apps by the same publisher for Math 2 and we wanted to be working on Algebra 1 skills with these students.
- Ohio standards for 9th grade are basically all Algebra-related. Actually some of the 8th grade standards are also Algebra related.
- This will be the first group of students who are required by the State of Ohio to have Algebra 2 or its equivalent to graduate.
- These students will take Algebra 1 at some point (either next or after taking Math 2).
I have not taught Algebra 1 in some time, let alone the basic level of it, so I need some help. Some issues I am looking for feedback on include:
- Is it really worth teaching them the operations with rational numbers (fractions, mixed numbers, decimals)? When they get to any standardized test, they will have calculators available to them that will deal with the fractions, not to mention they've already seen (but probably struggled with it) the concepts multiple times.
- They integrated in probability and data analysis stuff in the 1st 5 chapters - leave it as is or pull the sections out and lump them together?
- They have adding/subtracting for rational numbers and equations in one chapter, multiplying/dividing rational numbers, equations, and the rest of solving equations in the next. Leave it as is or put the rational number stuff together and the equation stuff together? ***I really need input from those of you who have taught Alg 1 skills before - I have an Alg 2 perspective here.***
- As we get to the later stuff (anything after graphing) - what becomes most important to teach? Do I do systems of equations? Radicals? Exponents/factoring? Once again, these kids will head to Algebra 1 and 2 and will see this again - I want to expose them to what material I can and give them a good solid foundation so that when they see it again, they can have greater success than had they just jumped into Algebra 1.
Math 1 Concept List
*** I have updated this on 8/8 after the comments. I'm still looking for suggestions. Thanks!