Parent meeting spring 2012 v4


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The Powerpoint from my spring algebra parents meeting. It gives an overview of the course and what expectations should be.

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Parent meeting spring 2012 v4

  1. 1. Ensuring Your Student’s Success in Algebra
  2. 2. AcademicConsiderations This Is High School – What does that mean?Lesson Process How I Teach Your StudentEnsuring Success What It Takes for a Successful Year Q&A Your Questions
  3. 3. • Middle school math was essentially 50% review and 50% new• Algebra is 10% review and 90% new material• Part of your student’s permanent transcript.• Everything is to a higher standard
  4. 4. • Algebra is a high school credit course• Algebra students are held to a higher standard• Pre-AP students are held to an even higher standard• Algebra grades are included in their G.P.A.
  5. 5. • Algebra is abstract concepts• Algebra requires critical thinking skills• Students should have intellectual curiosity
  6. 6. •There is NO math gene!•It takes time, effort, and practice to do math well.
  7. 7. • Algebraic thinking & symbolic reasoning• Function concepts• Relationships between equations & functions• Tools for algebraic thinking• Underlying mathematical processes
  8. 8. • We will watch every student closely the first marking period.• We do not want any student to have a grade of less than 80.
  9. 9. • At Second Progress… • Any student with below a 75 average will be recommended for an immediate move to 8th Grade G-T Math• At The First Marking Period… • Any student with under an 80 average will be recommended for an immediate move to 8th Grade G-T Math.
  10. 10. • October 26th… • FBISD’s FINAL DAY for moving from Pre-AP Algebra to 8th Grade G-T Math. • After this day students must stay in Algebra.
  11. 11. Read & NotesLessons typically begin with areading assignment.Students will read and take notesover one or two sections of the text.This prepares the students for thenext day’s classroom discussion.
  12. 12. Class LessonA new concept or lesson is based onwhat students read the previousevening.They already have begun their notesand only need to fill in the blankswhen taking class notes.
  13. 13. Home PracticeDaily practice assignments arebased on the day’s lesson.It will generally take about 45 to 60minutes.We encourage students use a 20Minute Rule when doing theirpractice.
  14. 14. ReviewAt the beginning of class we reviewand discuss selected problems withwhich students have had somedifficulties.
  15. 15. • There are 3 levels of problems • Level A – Learn the concept; practice speed • Level B – What everyone should be able to do • Level C – Higher level – stretch the skills• Students choose which problems to do, BUT they must do some from each level.
  16. 16. • Assessment Every Week • Quiz, Quiz, Test • Classroom quizzes & tests • Computer-based online quizzes taken at home. • Assessments are timed• You should have a grade every Monday. Check for it!
  17. 17. • An end-of-course exam that covers the Texas-mandated curriculum• The test will be timed• 15% of final course grade (possibly)• No need to take a grade level assessment
  18. 18. • We will be using the TI-Nspire CX Handheld• We will have a wireless network with … • collaborative activities, questioning, • document transfer, quick polls, assessments • student lesson activities• I strongly suggest your student have one at home
  19. 19. • Weekly Update and Calendar• Video Lessons, Instruction sets,• Forms, Graph paper, Information packets, etc.• Practice Sets and Assessments• Other good stuff•
  20. 20. • Preparatory lessons for algebra• Students are expected to know this material• It is suggested they be done more than once• Online at
  21. 21. Parents Student Teachers
  22. 22. Success!
  23. 23. When the gates are down and the lights are flashing;And the whistle is blowing in vain;If you sit on the tracks, ignoring the facts;Then you can’t blame the wreck on the train. Don McLean
  24. 24. Don’t Blame the Train
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