Syllabus: Algebra I
West Point Public Schools
2012 – 2013
Course: Algebra I
Teacher: Ms. Sarah Dulaney
Phone: 804-843-9810 x263
This one-year course is the first rigorous study of formal algebra and begins the college preparatory sequence within the framework of the real number system. Students will make connections between algebra and arithmetic, geometry, probability, and statistics. Students will use algebra as a tool for representing and solving a variety of practical problems. Tables and graphs will be used to interpret algebraic expressions, equations, and inequalities, as well as to analyze functions. Calculators and computers will be used as tools to assist in solving problems and verifying solutions.
Textbook & Materials
· Glencoe Mathematics, Algebra I – Please keep your textbook at home! Students will be responsible for any lost or damaged materials.
· Casio series 9850 graphing calculators – For in class use only. Purchasing one for home use is optional.
· 1 three-ring binder or 1 expanding pocket file
· 1 composition notebook or 1 spiral-bound notebook
· Pencils or pens – Please bring several each day just in case one gets lost or broken.
Methods of Evaluation
Skill Quizzes: 70%
Quarter Test: 10%
Process Notebook: 5%
Assessment of Learning
A student’s grades should be based on what can be demonstrated by the student.
1) Each quiz will contain multiple skills and each skill is assessed individually.
2) Students are welcome to stay during 8th period to review and practice. Once a student is feeling more confident, the opportunity to reassess may be realized.
3) Reassessments are scheduled during 8th period. The grade will be updated to reflect current understanding. Skill quizzes and vocabulary quizzes may be reassessed as many times as needed to reach mastery, limited to no more than once per day.
The sincere hope is that students will grow to recognize that learning (and consequently, grades) is something over which they have a great deal of power.
How to Study For Math
A common concern in math classes across the country centers on this question of studying for math, particularly because it is not like one prepares for social studies, science, or language arts. Mathematics must be practiced. One of the goals for this year is to prepare students for future courses by demonstrating and implementing a study plan. For this purpose, each student is required a notebook, as mentioned above, and it shall be referred to after every class to process content learned.