Algebra I lays the foundation for all higher mathematics. This course will cover
expressions, equations, integers, axioms, polynomials, quadratic equations, linear
functions, exponents, radicals, rational expressions, and inequalities.
Dear Students and Parents/Guardians,
As part of a standards-based curriculum, you/your student will be engaged in a
variety of instructional strategies and assessments. Through presentations, interviews,
pictures, project journals, reflective writing, peer critique, and videotape I hope to
record the progress of your/your student's learning. My goal is to enhance all students'
learning through reflective practice, a framework for learning that my colleagues and I
have found motivating and effective.
One of the strategies that I employ to cultivate my own learning as an educator is
to share what I do in my class with others--teachers, administrators, parents, students,
and professionals in and outside of the Torrey Pines High School community. In a few weeks
I will send home a letter describing more details of the project I have in mind and will
be asking for your permission to share your student's work with others.
I am looking forward to this new school year with much enthusiasm. Each student
will have the opportunity to explore new mathematical ideas and share what they have
learned with others. If you have any questions or concerns please contact me through the
school at (858) 755-0125 ext. 2120 (voice mail only) or email@example.com (e-mail preferred).
Estoy anticipando con mucho entusiasmo este nuevo a�o escolar. Cada estudiante
tendr� la oportunidad de explorar nuevas ideas matem�ticas y compartir lo aprendido con
otros. Si tiene algunas preguntas o preocupaciones, por favor me llama a la escuela a
(858) 755-0125 ext. 2120 o firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students in Ms. Browns classes recommend the following for success in class:
Homework is assigned each class period. Homework is due at the beginning
of the next class period. Students are to turn in assignments to the basket
by the classroom door. While students work on the Warm-Up assignment during
the first few minutes of class, Ms. Brown checks each assignment briefly for
completion and gives it a score from 0 to 5. Assignments are then
returned to the students. All answers not listed in the back of the book are
read out loud and students are given an opportunity to ask questions
about the assignment. Students are allowed and encouraged to make corrections to
the assignment and may copy down any problems done on the board for
clarification. After the class is satisfied that all questions have been
answered, students exchange papers for accuracy grading. Ms. Brown
places detailed solutions to about 5 of the assigned problems on the board
and tells students exactly what to look for to award each half-point for a
total of 5 more points. (Students do not know ahead of time which problems
will be graded.)
This process sounds more complicated than it actually is. I have found it
to be a fair way to grade homework for both completion (up to 5
points for effort) and accuracy (up to 5 points for correctness). In
theory, all students can earn the maximum 10 points on each assignment if
they try hard before class and pay attention and make corrections in class.
Students who figure this out early are usually very successful in my Algebra
60% Tests and Quizzes
30% Homework and Class Work
10% Projects (projects, presentations, group activities, etc.)
100% Final Grade
Please note that grades are updated and posted in the classroom approximately every two
weeks. Progress reports are distributed mid-quarter and are also available upon request: email@example.com.
Any student who is absent on the day of a test or quiz may make it up only at the
following times for the appropriate quarter.
Also, if a student does very poorly on a test, he or she may take that exam to the Math
Center, the Tutoring Center, a parent, a personal tutor, or Ms. Brown for some extra help.
Whoever helps the student needs to sign the original test paper. That exam then becomes a
ticket for a make-up test (different test, same material) which may be taken
at one of the times listed above. This make-up policy for low test scores does not
apply to quizzes.
Students need to come to class, especially on days of tests and quizzes. Students need
to study and do the best that they can on the day of the original exam. On the make-up
days students will only have one hour to make up all needed tests and/or quizzes.
Students who abuse this policy will be denied the opportunity for make-ups.
If you have any questions or concerns about this policy or your students progress
in class, please feel free to contact me at school (firstname.lastname@example.org). Also,
continue to check my web site for updates,
course policies, and other information and activities for students.
Links to Practice Self-Tests Below
Text: Algebra I: California Edition,
Prentice Hall, � 2001 (Publisher�s
Please note that these outlines are subject to change and that some
teachers will cover the material in a different order.
If you have trouble reading the PDF files, try downloading the most recent
version of Adobe Reader.
Below are links to multiple choice self-tests for each chapter. These are on
Hall web site for students to use along with this textbook.