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### Back To School Night

1. 1. Welcome to Algebra I In the 21st Century Teacher Mrs. Diann Cornell
2. 2. Our textbook is CME Algebra 1  published by Pearson Prentice Hall
3. 3. Planned Topics Subject to minor changes <ul><ul><li>Arithmetic review including integers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>  Expressions and equations  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lines </li></ul></ul>1st Semester 2nd Semester <ul><ul><li>Functions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exponents and radicals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Polynomials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quadratics </li></ul></ul>
4. 4. 21st Century Learning Our curriculum is far larger than its algebra content New Jersey, in partnership with 13 other states, supports 21st Century Skills,  in addition to state content standards. 21st Century Skills website
5. 5. 21st Century Learning Much of what we do in class supports 21st century learning. for example, students will often be assigned to work in pairs or small groups during class activities. This accomplishes several things: they will learn to be flexible, to work effectively with a diverse population and as part of a team. These are all part of life skills, the red part of the rainbow. At the same time they will be learning to solve problems and communicate effectively, the yellow part of the rainbow. We will use technology daily (purple), and wil focus on mathematics, our core subject (green).
6. 6. An Example One project I have planned involves a study of interest rates.  In small groups students will be assigned a type of interest to investigate such as home loans, car loans or credit card loans. Alternatively, they might  investigate interest that is collected on bonds, CDs or savings accounts. After gathering information about current rates students will make spreadsheets calculating how much is paid or collected each year and over the life of the loan. They will then make a computer presentation to their classmates. I anticipate a lively discussion as their financial , business, and economic literacy is   increased.
7. 7. Technology provided in class <ul><ul><li>Computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphing calculato r </li></ul></ul>We will be using the Texas Instruments TI84+ calculator in school. IT would be very helpful  for students to have one for home use TI website
8. 8. The Nitty-Gritty Things you probably want to know <ul><ul><li>Assigned daily </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Due the following class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Checked daily for completeness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collected and graded at least once per week </li></ul></ul>Homework Grading <ul><ul><li>  40% Tests and projects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10% Quizzes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20% Homework </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>20% Participation and classwork </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>10% Citizenship </li></ul></ul>
9. 9. As you can tell, while the academic content is similar, algebra isn't quite the same as when you might have taken it.     <ul><li>Please be in touch if you have any concerns or anything you'd like to share concerning your child. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Call the school.   973-555-5555 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail       cornelld1@mail.montclair.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Send a note </li></ul></ul>I will be available in my classroom after school until 4 PM on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday for extra help or just a quiet place to study.
10. 10. Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics; I can assure you that mine are still greater.&quot; Albert Einstein “