The Prometheus Academy - High School Algebra I

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### Algebra I: 2½ hours per week, 32 weeks.

In Algebra I, you use all your previous knowledge about whole numbers, fractions, decimals, negatives, exponents, and solving equations to develop stronger problem solving strategies.  This includes more work with exponents and solving more complex equations as well as graphing, simultaneous equations, polynomials, unit multipliers, and more.  The goal is to use math as the problem solving tool for which is was designed to achieve deeper understanding of each lesson and acquire a functioning knowledge of math for life-long use.  Even if you never solve another equation after school, you will use these problem-solving strategies in your everyday life.

We have what is called a flipped classroom, meaning you watch the lesson using the learning website www.sophia.org at home and attempt the first page of the workbook for that lesson.  This prepares you for our classwork and helps you to ask questions on anything you don't understand.  I help you figure out where and why you may be struggling, then individualize the teaching for you.  I want you to know, "Yes, You CAN do math!"

I help my students to work at a pace appropriate for their abilities.  I believe there is no such thing as "behind in math."   You are where you are, for who you are, this moment.  The question becomes, "Where do you want to go from here?"  I'm available to help you achieve your mathematics goals.  If your goal is to finish the level you are on within the school year, you should be averaging a lesson per week (video, online quiz, practice page, review page, and test).  The in-class activities are based on a pace of one lesson per week.

### What do I buy?  Am I ready for Algebra?  Can I just skip Pre-Algebra?

We use the Math-U-See curriculum and manipulatives.  Students are required to have the student workbook and test book (sold on the Math-U-See website as a student pack) prior to the first day.  Just a caution, it can take a couple of weeks to arrive through the mail.  I provide the teaching textbooks, manipulatives, and any supplementary material.  I strongly discourage skipping the Pre-Algebra course and moving directly from Zeta into Algebra.

### Class Materials

Curriculum: Algebra I Level

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### Habib Saidane

Habib was born in Tunisia and has lived in the United States for almost 30 years; the past 17 in Texas, where he and his wife are raising three children.  He graduated from Thomas Edison State University with a BS in Math and Science before pursuing his MS in Computer Science Cal State University at Long Beach.  He worked for both defense and commercial industries as a Software Engineer.  In his spare time Habib takes pictures and experiments with alternative photography.  His future goal is to build a twenty-inch telescope from scratch.