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