Pre-Calculus Curriculum Night 2021
Oct 12, 2021
Hi there, welcome. My name is mister theory and I'm really excited to spend the next few minutes kind of getting you used to what to expect from this pre calculus course and also to get to know me a little bit. So without further ado, let's just go ahead and jump straight into it. This would be my 8th year teaching. First year here at Lincoln, my family and I just moved up from Phoenix, Arizona. So this is actually my first year in Seattle in general. I earned my bachelor's in master's in math with an education emphasis from the university of Arizona and Grand Canyon university and respectively. I'm a big sports fan, mainly baseball and soccer, but I'm a fan of all sports shapes and sizes. I also really do like going to the beach, especially now that I have a little one running around. It's a lot of fun to watch and play. So let's talk about the course a little bit more in the broader context of your high school career. So after pre calculus, you have options for math classes you may or may not want to take. Obviously in the course name is calculus. So everything I do in terms of prepping students tends to be centered on getting them ready for AP calculus, AB. However, that's not your only option after this course. A lot of students go from Greek calculus to take AP statistics or math one O 7 if that is also all of your interests a little bit more. All students are required to take three math credits for graduation. This pre calculus course counts as one math credit for the entire year. So with that kind of broader scope in mind, let's see a breakdown of what each semester is going to look like in here. So for the semesters overview, because we're already a month and a little over a month in, we've actually already finished up our first topic on functions and how they function. And you can see from there we go into depth with specific types of functions. So we've been working on exponential and logarithmic functions. After that, polynomial rational. And then trigonometric functions wraps up the first semester of study. When we get back from there, we get into a little more advanced map starting with trigonometric identities. And then working with matrix map vectors, conics, probability. And then if there's time at the end, starting to introduce some of those early calculus ideas to get you a head start for those of you going into calc and B. As far as major assessments go in this class, you can expect each unit to conclude with summative assessment. From time to time, we'll have some quizzes in between for the longer units to kind of check and make sure that everything is going okay and that understanding is there. But again, each unit you can expect a summative assessment at the end. These assessments are going to be available for relearning and retake possibilities. They are broken up into topics so that if a student shows mastery of three out of four topics, they don't have to retest those three topics as they've already demonstrated mastery. And in a really just be focusing on relearning and retaking just that one topic they struggled with. Each semester will have a minimum of one PBL project for students to complete. As we have more information on that, that will be coming out shortly. Last but not least, just some information on how to get a hold of me. My emails, they're on the screen, AG theory and Seattle schools dot org. I do check my email most frequently. But I do also reply via school G messages and teams messages. But again, I am really going to reiterate that email is where I get where I check the most and also respond the fastest. I am available for office hours every day, except for Wednesdays, from three 35 to four O 5. Between those times my door is open, students can stop in to get help whenever they need it. And yeah. So if this time, however, doesn't work, I'm glad we set up another time. I know a lot of our students are in sports or in drama or dance or doing something after school, and that's great. But if that time doesn't work, I do have to set up a time so I can plan on being there for whatever your student needs. It needs me to be there. And that's going to wrap it up. If there's anything that I didn't answer or questions that you still have about the course, please by all means reach out via email or messages on school to your teams and I will gladly try to make sure that I get all of your questions answered. I hope you have a good rest of your curriculum night and I look forward to working with you and your student throughout the next year. Have a great night.