CDP Math Program: Foundations of Algebra, Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry
Teacher contact information:
Mr. Jared Sawyer – Room B-204
856-451-9400 x 379
I believe that all students can learn mathematics. Keep in mind that learning mathematics is not a spectator sport; you must participate and practice to stay in the game.
This course is designed to help students at all ability levels achieve in each mathematical subject area (Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Algebra 2). With the unique setting of this class the students will learn the big ideas as a group. Students will receive the basic information that will review each topic (Pre-Algebra level). Students will also learn and discuss how the problem is set up (All Maths), and how to solve the problem (All Algebras). The students will then learn and discuss applications of the math learned (Geometry). Geometry students will be responsible for understanding more in-depth knowledge of properties of shapes being used. The students will then see and create models of the math interpreted with graphs (Algebra 1, Algebra 2), and discuss the meanings of the model. Finally, students will see how the math learned becomes a building block to more complex math (Algebra 2). Algebra 2 students will be accountable for completing more in-depth work on this material. The class is tiered to accommodate all students in each of the courses while continuing to keep the students engaged in the classroom. Each student will practice the math that they are enrolled in while being exposed and discussing the topic entirely with the other students.
Students will use the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice to …
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with mathematics.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
A 1-inch binder for storing class notes and handouts. Pencil. Students will be provided a calculator in class but it is suggested for students to get their own calculator as one will be needed in all math courses and standardized tests.
Major Assignments and Assessments
Tests will be given at the end of each unit. Students will always be provided a review guide before each test. Solutions will be made available on the review guide before the test. Re-takes are not allowed, with exception to any accommodations necessary for a 504/IEP, as students are expected to know the material before testing.
Quizzes will be given intermittently to check for understanding throughout a lesson. Not all quizzes will be announced. Students should reference their graded quizzes to prepare for unit tests.
Classwork will be graded based upon student effort in class during an activity. This will include actively taking notes, completing worksheets, online work, group work, and participation.
Classroom Rules of Conduct
- Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Safe
- Have required materials every day, be organized and prepared for class
- Use polite speech and body language
- No food/candy or drinks
- All school rules in the CRHSD Student Handbook apply at all times.
Makeup Work Policy
Students are expected to attend school every day and arrive on time. It is the students responsibility to contact me before/during/after an absence to inquire about any make-up work, quizzes, tests, etc. that you may have missed during an excused absence. If YOU do not do this, YOU will receive a zero!
Classwork: 25% Quizzes: 35% Tests: 40%
Career Options with this Field of Study
One of the benefits of studying mathematics is the variety of career paths it provides. Some popular career choices include…
- Actuarial Science: Takes mathematics and statistics and applies them to finance and insurance
- Computer Science: The study of the theoretical foundations of information and computation and their implementation and application in computer systems
- Operations Research: Uses mathematical methods to arrive at optimal decisions to problems in maximizing or minimizes things like costs or profits
- Biomathematics: Models natural and biological processes using mathematical techniques and tools
- Finance: Studies and addresses the ways in which individuals, businesses, and organizations raise, allocate, and use monetary resources over time, considering the risks entailed in their projects
- Cryptography: The practice and study of hiding information. Cryptography applications include the security of ATM cards and computer passwords
- Engineering: Applies the properties of math to the creation of objects. These include structures such as buildings, bridges, and roads; Computer design; Automotive design; or biological structures.