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Welcome to Pre-AP Algebra Quail Valley Academy Don Simmons
Who is this guy… <ul><li>…and why do I want him teaching my child? </li></ul>
My Classroom Reflects My Philosophy <ul><li>College tee-shirts cover the walls </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A constant reminder t...
“Good is the Enemy of Great” <ul><li>Good enough is  not  good enough. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be satisfied, you can alway...
“Learn, Not Earn” <ul><li>The knowledge is the objective… </li></ul><ul><li>…not the grade </li></ul>
“Life Is A Word Problem” <ul><li>Solving skill problems is not enough </li></ul><ul><li>Algebra must be put into context <...
“Don’t Blame The Train” <ul><li>“ When the gates are down, </li></ul><ul><li>And the lights are flashing, </li></ul><ul><l...
Algebra Has Been Called… <ul><li>No less than a civil right.  </li></ul><ul><li>The gateway to success in this century.  <...
Algebra <ul><li>It is the transition from concrete arithmetic to symbolic mathematics. </li></ul><ul><li>It develops the a...
Algebra “Need-To-Knows” <ul><li>The foundation for all upper level math </li></ul><ul><li>A high school course </li></ul><...
Goals of the Course <ul><li>Algebraic thinking & symbolic reasoning </li></ul><ul><li>Function concepts </li></ul><ul><li>...
How Will My Student Do? <ul><li>All of your students are capable of success </li></ul><ul><li>The major hurdles will be… <...
Cognitive Dissonance <ul><li>The uncomfortable tension your child experiences during intense learning </li></ul><ul><li>It...
Lesson Cycle <ul><li>Read and take notes from text </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom lesson and notes </li></ul><ul><li>Post-les...
Situationals (word problems) <ul><li>Applying the algebra </li></ul><ul><li>Problem-solving skills </li></ul><ul><li>Criti...
Assignments <ul><li>Yes Mom, we have homework </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tonight, tomorrow night, this weekend </li></ul></ul><...
Assessment <ul><li>Scheduled assessment every Friday </li></ul><ul><li>Quiz, Quiz, Test </li></ul><ul><li>Quick Quizzes an...
Study Needs <ul><li>2 – Quad-ruled Spirals </li></ul><ul><li>3-ring notebook with dividers & paper </li></ul><ul><li>TI-84...
Success Takes Everyone <ul><li>You need to be involved </li></ul><ul><li>This is not where you begin hands-off parenting <...
Student Expectations <ul><li>Daily preparation for class discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Complete, up-to-date notes from text...
Parent Expectations <ul><li>Daily involvement and discussion with your student </li></ul><ul><li>Periodic checks of your s...
Teacher Expectations <ul><li>Ready to teach when the bell rings </li></ul><ul><li>A positive attitude and an open mind </l...
Web Site <ul><li>www.the-q-factor.net </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Student discussions </li></ul><ul><l...
Summer Tutorials <ul><li>Website-based tutorials  </li></ul><ul><li>Fundamentals to prepare students for the coming year <...
Student Eyesight <ul><li>There is a good chance your student does not see as well as you might think. </li></ul><ul><li>I ...
Your Questions <ul><li>Open Q & A </li></ul><ul><li>If you have additional questions, e-mail me:  </li></ul><ul><li>[email...
Thank You! Don Simmons
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Algebra parent night 2010

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Algebra parent night 2010

  1. 1. Welcome to Pre-AP Algebra Quail Valley Academy Don Simmons
  2. 2. Who is this guy… <ul><li>…and why do I want him teaching my child? </li></ul>
  3. 3. My Classroom Reflects My Philosophy <ul><li>College tee-shirts cover the walls </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A constant reminder to students to keep their eye on the prize </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Banners hang in prominence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick reminders of what my classroom is about </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. “Good is the Enemy of Great” <ul><li>Good enough is not good enough. </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t be satisfied, you can always do better </li></ul>
  5. 5. “Learn, Not Earn” <ul><li>The knowledge is the objective… </li></ul><ul><li>…not the grade </li></ul>
  6. 6. “Life Is A Word Problem” <ul><li>Solving skill problems is not enough </li></ul><ul><li>Algebra must be put into context </li></ul><ul><li>We will work with situational problems throughout the year </li></ul>
  7. 7. “Don’t Blame The Train” <ul><li>“ When the gates are down, </li></ul><ul><li>And the lights are flashing, </li></ul><ul><li>And the whistle’s blowing in vain; </li></ul><ul><li>If you sit on the tracks, </li></ul><ul><li>Ignoring the facts, </li></ul><ul><li>Well, don’t blame the wreck on the train.” </li></ul><ul><li>-- Don McLean </li></ul>
  8. 8. Algebra Has Been Called… <ul><li>No less than a civil right. </li></ul><ul><li>The gateway to success in this century. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Algebra <ul><li>It is the transition from concrete arithmetic to symbolic mathematics. </li></ul><ul><li>It develops the abstract reasoning skills necessary in both math and science. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Algebra “Need-To-Knows” <ul><li>The foundation for all upper level math </li></ul><ul><li>A high school course </li></ul><ul><li>On your student’s permanent transcript </li></ul><ul><li>Course content is 90% new material </li></ul>
  11. 11. Goals of the Course <ul><li>Algebraic thinking & symbolic reasoning </li></ul><ul><li>Function concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Relationships between equations & functions </li></ul><ul><li>Tools for algebraic thinking </li></ul><ul><li>Underlying mathematical processes </li></ul>
  12. 12. How Will My Student Do? <ul><li>All of your students are capable of success </li></ul><ul><li>The major hurdles will be… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student effort and work ethic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Abstract thought development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fast pace </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Cognitive Dissonance <ul><li>The uncomfortable tension your child experiences during intense learning </li></ul><ul><li>It is a driving force that compels the mind to acquire new ideas </li></ul>
  14. 14. Lesson Cycle <ul><li>Read and take notes from text </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom lesson and notes </li></ul><ul><li>Post-lesson practice </li></ul><ul><li>Solutions check and discussion </li></ul>
  15. 15. Situationals (word problems) <ul><li>Applying the algebra </li></ul><ul><li>Problem-solving skills </li></ul><ul><li>Critical, higher-level, thinking </li></ul>
  16. 16. Assignments <ul><li>Yes Mom, we have homework </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tonight, tomorrow night, this weekend </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Several different levels of difficulty </li></ul><ul><li>We review difficult problems in class </li></ul><ul><li>I do not collect homework </li></ul>
  17. 17. Assessment <ul><li>Scheduled assessment every Friday </li></ul><ul><li>Quiz, Quiz, Test </li></ul><ul><li>Quick Quizzes anytime </li></ul><ul><li>Notebook checks anytime </li></ul>
  18. 18. Study Needs <ul><li>2 – Quad-ruled Spirals </li></ul><ul><li>3-ring notebook with dividers & paper </li></ul><ul><li>TI-84 graphing calculator </li></ul><ul><li>Mechanical Pencils (many) </li></ul><ul><li>Red checking pen </li></ul><ul><li>6-inch straight edge (ruler) </li></ul>
  19. 19. Success Takes Everyone <ul><li>You need to be involved </li></ul><ul><li>This is not where you begin hands-off parenting </li></ul>
  20. 20. Student Expectations <ul><li>Daily preparation for class discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Complete, up-to-date notes from text and classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Stay current with practice assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Learn for the long term </li></ul>
  21. 21. Parent Expectations <ul><li>Daily involvement and discussion with your student </li></ul><ul><li>Periodic checks of your student’s work </li></ul>
  22. 22. Teacher Expectations <ul><li>Ready to teach when the bell rings </li></ul><ul><li>A positive attitude and an open mind </li></ul><ul><li>A rigorous curriculum </li></ul><ul><li>Demand of excellence </li></ul><ul><li>Approachable & available at all times </li></ul>
  23. 23. Web Site <ul><li>www.the-q-factor.net </li></ul><ul><li>Assignments </li></ul><ul><li>Student discussions </li></ul><ul><li>Lesson demonstrations & slideshows </li></ul><ul><li>Printable materials </li></ul>
  24. 24. Summer Tutorials <ul><li>Website-based tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Fundamentals to prepare students for the coming year </li></ul><ul><li>Self-grading quizzes to check understanding </li></ul><ul><li>Selected math-oriented website links </li></ul>
  25. 25. Student Eyesight <ul><li>There is a good chance your student does not see as well as you might think. </li></ul><ul><li>I strongly urge having an eye exam before school begins. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Your Questions <ul><li>Open Q & A </li></ul><ul><li>If you have additional questions, e-mail me: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
  27. 27. Thank You! Don Simmons

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