There are four steps to thinking mathematically, but much mathematical education fails to attend to all four:
- Defining the problem, or posing the right question.
- Turning the problem or question into a math formulation or set-up.
- Calculating (follow procedures or steps)
- Taking the mathematical answer back to the real world to verify it.
Unlike courses which focus primarily on step 3, these classes will also focus on steps 1,2 & 4 where thinking and problem-solving occur. Students will be encouraged to search out mathematical matters, to grow in mathematical literacy, and to understand their own thought processes. Consequently, homework will include open-ended discussion questions and word problems.
Intended for students in grade 9, also open to 10th or 11th graders and motivated 8th graders, Algebra 1 will meet twice a week for 30 weeks for 75-minute classes. The course will use Foerster's Algebra I textbook. A placement test will help assess a student's readiness for this course. Students should expect to spend 30-45 minutes 4-5 times a week on homework. This high school course is worth 1 credit. Instructor: Len Chandler