tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6414622914006646376.post2839168374702861642..comments2016-05-28T00:09:38.831-04:00Comments on An "Old Math Dog" Learning New Tricks: What Should Students Leave Algebra 1 KnowingLisahttp://www.blogger.com/profile/11928419408011193721noreply@blogger.comBlogger8125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6414622914006646376.post-72201271317487332462013-06-07T11:59:45.838-04:002013-06-07T11:59:45.838-04:00To follow up on Amy's comment (and amplify Sio...To follow up on Amy's comment (and amplify Sioux's) - they should have deep and quick command of the mechanics of linear functions and operations. I tend to de-emphasize the quadratic journey in Algebra I and see this course as the 1st degree relations course and save most of the oomph of quadratics for Alg II.mrdardyhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/00226520636242484791noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6414622914006646376.post-21670478088153197942013-06-07T11:56:48.109-04:002013-06-07T11:56:48.109-04:00I want them to actually know what they know, not &...I want them to actually know what they know, not "have been exposed" to it. <br /> "Build and assess a linear model" and be able to do that when asked to convert things or figure out how long it will take to get something done... oh, they should also really, actually *know* that 1/8 is not the same as .8 and that 3.5 hours isn't 3 hours and five minutes. SiouxGeonzhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/14852040976080951492noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6414622914006646376.post-71090063347117299442013-06-07T00:41:40.093-04:002013-06-07T00:41:40.093-04:00I concur with Shannon about what I want from an Al...I concur with Shannon about what I want from an Algebra 1 student in their skill set. And I want them to be able to apply all those skills. I want those skills to be like riding a bicycle...no hesitation...because they have applied them so many times. They are so fundamental, they are a breeze. (In my perfect world at any rate!)<br />Within quadratic functions the students learn rules for radicals and can apply and use the pythagorean thereom. Amy Zimmerhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/09960137549431994944noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6414622914006646376.post-21018237909427454282013-06-06T19:08:57.232-04:002013-06-06T19:08:57.232-04:00I agree with Bob that data analysis is quite impor...I agree with Bob that data analysis is quite important. To that I would add the concept of functions as a way to organize work with linear and quadratic functions. My focus is on multiple representations. I want to develop a fluidity of thinking around the different ways data and functions can be shown (data/pattern, table.graph, function rule).LSImonicknoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6414622914006646376.post-41064304053142395782013-06-06T18:33:36.440-04:002013-06-06T18:33:36.440-04:00@Sue - no, that's not it. This happened late J...@Sue - no, that's not it. This happened late July or August 2012.Lisahttps://www.blogger.com/profile/11928419408011193721noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6414622914006646376.post-4897213958091198542013-06-06T17:01:51.764-04:002013-06-06T17:01:51.764-04:00At mt school our big concepts are: equations (incl...At mt school our big concepts are: equations (including multi step and proportions), linear functions (graph and write), linear systems, quadratics (graphing and solving)... Shannonhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/03533326427987032559noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6414622914006646376.post-55125485838323674422013-06-06T16:57:02.661-04:002013-06-06T16:57:02.661-04:00I like what Bob said, and if I were teaching this ...I like what Bob said, and if I were teaching this course now, I'd try to make that happen. I wonder if you were thinking of my post from 3 years ago: http://mathmamawrites.blogspot.com/2010/07/sbg-wading-into-water.htmlSue VanHattumhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/10237941346154683902noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-6414622914006646376.post-87681501097409938032013-06-06T16:35:21.254-04:002013-06-06T16:35:21.254-04:00I believe that students should be able to exposed ...I believe that students should be able to exposed to "real" data on an almost daily basis, and leave Algebra 1 being able to build and assess a linear model. Too often, I find that algebra 1 is too filled with skills practice (solving for a variable, findind an equation given 2 points), with assessing a model left for the end of a chapter if time allows. Data should be the start of the show, and allows for real discussion of algebraic concepts.Bob Lochelhttp://mathcoachblog.wordpress.comnoreply@blogger.com