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Katherine G. Harris

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Would like ideas for my class
Posted: Aug 27, 1996 10:28 PM
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I am teaching three sections of algebraic concepts this year.
At the middle school level this is called pre-algebra but I
will be teaching ninth and tenth graders, many of whom will be
overage and very good at failing. I truly want to prepare them
to master algebra I next year. I would like your opinions as
to the MOST essential skills they must master in order to be
prepared to succeed in algebra I. My own opinion is that they
need to understand the concept of fraction, be able to multiply
fractions, be able to compute with signed numbers, plot points
on the coordinate plane, and evaluate an arithmetic expression
by following the rules of order of operations. Obviously, I do
not intend to limit the year to these topics but I do want to
identify the absolutely essential ones.

I hope to use manipulatives this year but have never done
so in the past. I welcome suggestions and directions.

Thanks! I am looking forward to your opinions and suggestions.

Katherine.
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Katherine Harris
Patrick Henry High School
West Patrick Henry Road
Ashland, VA 23005

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