Ms. Taylor Christopher » 8th Grade Math/Algebra 1

8th Grade Math/Algebra 1

Fulmer Middle School

 

Master's in Teaching, USC Columbia

Bachelors of Science in Mathematics, USC Columbia

 

Hello everyone! 
I am so excited that you came to visit my page! I am a third year teacher at Fulmer Middle School in West Columbia. I teach 8th grade math and Algebra 1 Honors. 
My name is Taylor Christopher. I hold a Master's degree in Teaching as well as a Bachelor's of Science in Mathematics from USC. I also had the honor to be apart of the Teaching Fellow's program at USC for four years. I am also a current Noyce Scholar through USC. 
 
During the Spring of 2015, I  interned at Dreher High School under Ms. Courtney Holden where I taught Pre-Calculus Honors, Algebra 3 and Algebra 2 Honors. 
I also student taught at Dent Middle School in Columbia in the Fall of 2014, under Mrs. Allison Shields where I taught 8th grade math.
 
If you have any helpful hints to pass along or any great ideas, please feel free to pass them along. I welcome any help you may offer.
 
Thank you so much for visiting my site! I hope you can look around and find it to be very helpful!
 
Algebra 1  

Course Description: Algebra allows students to describe patterns of all kinds, work with many formulas, discuss unknowns in problems, make quick graphs for data, and investigate with TI-84 Plus calculator.

 

 

Goals and Objectives: Units of study will be grouped and taught in accordance with the Algebra 1 and 8th grade South Carolina College- and Career-Ready (SCCCR) Mathematical Process Standards.  A copy is provided.

 

Advanced Probation Policy: Students must meet the minimum requirements set by the district to remain in the advanced program.  If a student fails to meet this requirement, he/she will be placed on Improvement Plan Status/Probation.  Any student scoring less than a 70 on two consecutive grading periods will be removed from the advanced program.

 

Final Grade Calculation:

1st & 2nd Semester:                            80%

End of Course (EOC) Exam:            20%

 

TIMELINE

1st Quarter:

* Equations

* Inequalities

* Functions

2nd Quarter:

* Linear Functions

* Systems of Linear Equations and Inequalities

* Power Properties

* Real Number System

3rd Quarter:

            * Exponents

            * Polynomials

            *Quadratic Functions and Equations

* Triangles and Pythagorean Theorem

* Geometry and Measurement Extensions

4th Quarter:

* Transformations

* Volume

* Statistics

* SC Ready Review

* Exponential Functions

* End of Course Test Review

Math 8 

Goals and Objectives: Units of study will be grouped and taught in accordance with the curriculum guide as designed by the math department of Lexington School District 2 and the 8th grade South Carolina College and Career Ready (SCCCR) Mathematical Process Standards.

 

 

Interactive Student Notebooks.  This is a notebook that each child will create this year in class. It will help each student learn how to organize and study mathematics.  It is necessary to have a 5-subject spiral bound notebook. 

TIMELINE

1st Quarter:

* Review Integer Operations

* Equations and Inequalities

* Multi-step Equations

* Functions

 

2nd Quarter:

            *Linear Functions

            * System of Equations

            * Real Numbers

* Power Properties

 

3rd Quarter:

* Triangles and Pythagorean Theorem

* Transformations

* Congruence and Similarity

* Volume & Surface Area

* Scatter Plots & Data Analysis

4th Quarter:

* SC Ready Review

 

Methods of Evaluation:    Grading Scale:

Tests                       50%        A: 90 – 100

Quizzes                   30%        B: 80 – 89

Classwork              10%        C: 70 – 79

Homework             10%        D: 60 – 69

                                              F: 0 - 59

 

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