# Algebra 1 R. Jenkins, M.S., M.A..

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Algebra 1 R. Jenkins, M.S., M.A.

Learning Algebra is just like learning any sport
I teach you how to do something I show you how to do something You do repetitions immediately You receive immediately feedback You consciously correct your mistakes You practice the steps over and over again paying attention to what you are doing.

Reasons why math is difficult
Kids and parents tell themselves things like 1. “I was never good at math – it’s in our genes” or 2. “I’ll never be able to learn this stuff because I’m not a math person”

Doing a math is like driving to like driving to my parent’s house in Seattle: I can’t tell you the names of the streets I turn on and I can’t tell you which way to turn… …But I can get there because I’ve done it so many times I recognize the turns and one turn leads me to the next. But if I miss a turn or a step, I get lost… If kids focus on learning the steps instead of focusing on the numbers, the steps will lead them to the answer… Don’t worry about the answer, focus on what step to do next…

Answer Questions from last night’s homework, Teach next lesson Have students see the homework and then answer any questions they may have regarding the problems that scare them Give the students time in class to do as much of the work in front of me as they can If they go home without practicing what they just learned, they probably won’t remember how to do it.

Learned Helplessness Some kids don’t think they can learn math so they don’t even try There probably was a time where they did try, and for whatever reason, they didn’t get it No one has showed them how to learn math No one has showed them how to study for a math exam No one has taught them how to view the problems so they can do them “step by step” rather than looking at the problem and giving up before they try.

Prep for exams The first day we start a new chapter, a “Pre-exam” goes up on-line Sometimes it will have an answer key depending on the difficulty of the exam Two nights before the exam, the kids will print out a fresh copy of the Pre-exam and complete it in order to see what they don’t know The day before the exam, I will put the Pre-exam up on the Smart Board and we will go over all the problems The night before the exam, they will take the Pre-exam again making sure they have all the correct answers

Day of the Exam They will turn in their Pre-exams and should earn full credit because I showed them how to do each and every problem the day before They will take the exam and are not allowed to ask questions because when they take the ACT / SAT/California Exit Exam, they will not be allowed to ask questions If possible, I will correct the exams while they are turning them in so they know that day what grade they earned.

Day after Exam We will put the Exam up on the Smart Board and I will answer questions and go over each and every problem. They will know their grade that day 100% of the time unless something unforeseen happens. The kids are allowed to keep their exams because I write new exams every year. The Final Exam will come from the Exams they took over the semester.