Welcome to Algebra 1!What's this class all about?
Throughout this course, we will be working on preparation for state and national tests as well as preparation for the courses that follow Algebra 1 in both high school and college. The fundamental purpose of this course is to formalize and extend the mathematics that students learned in the middle grades. This is a more rigorous version of Algebra 1 than has generally been offered. The critical areas, called units, deepen and extend understanding of linear and exponential relationships by contrasting them with each other and by applying linear models to data that exhibit a linear trend, and students engage in methods for analyzing, solving, and using quadratic functions.
Our new curriculum, enVision A|G|A, helps students look at math in new ways, with engaging, relevant, and adaptive content. enVision A|G|A balances conceptual understanding, procedural skills, and application. Students are taught how to become more self-directed and independent learners. The new program uses mathematical modeling, adaptive practice, and individual study plans to make learning more personal and relevant. Our new curriculum helps to create critical thinkers, problem solvers, and collaborators for future jobs and careers.
Key technology features of the program are:
- Embedded interactive problems powered by Desmos
- Mathematical modeling in 3 acts
- Student Companion interactive Worktext
- Adaptive practice powered by Knewton
Why Algebra matters
- It is frequently called the gatekeeper subject. It is used by professionals ranging from electricians to architects to computer scientists.
- Basic algebra is the first in a series of higher-level math classes that students need to succeed in college and life. The first year of algebra is a prerequisite for all higher-level math: geometry, algebra II, trigonometry, and calculus.
- Algebra is not just for the college-bound. Even high school graduates headed straight for the work force need the same math skills as college freshmen. In one study, researchers found that math and reading skills required to work as an electrician, plumber, or upholsterer were comparable to those needed to succeed in college.
- Algebra is, in short, the gateway to success in the 21st century. What's more, when students make the transition from concrete arithmetic to the symbolic language of algebra, they develop abstract reasoning skills necessary to excel in math and science.