Algebra 1: Math Curriculum Paper Written by Middle School Math Teacher

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I am a mathematics teacher, with a middle school education degree (grades 5-9) with an emphasis in mathematics and social studies, teaching at an area high school. I have decided to focus on Algebra I for this curriculum paper, because it requires more abstract thought and problem solving. I will address the following areas: curriculum standards (national, state, local (district)), textbook adoption, community, and design of my classroom. This paper will relate the standards at these three levels, discuss procedures for adopting textbooks, focus on the community background and describe my classroom procedures. The first area that I would like to address is curriculum standards. According to the National Council of Teachers of …show more content…
The Program of Studies lists five critical areas that must be met in the Algebra I class. The first of the five is linear equations, inequalities, and functions and this area relates to 2.7, 2.8, 2.9 2.10, 2.11, and 2.12 of the Academic Expectations. Nonlinear functions: quadratics, exponential and absolute value are related to 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 2.11, and 2.12. The third area, proportional reasoning connects to 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 2.11, 2.12, while the fourth area sequences relates to 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 2.11, and 2.12. The last of the areas is probability and it relates to 2.7, 2.8, 2.11, 2.12 and 2.13. Now that we know which Kentucky Academic Expectation numbers relate to the Program of Studies critical areas, we need to know what each number covers. The Kentucky’s Academic Expectations 1.5 to 1.9, Mathematical Communication and Reasoning; 1.16, Technology; 2.7, Number Concepts; 2.8 Mathematical Procedures; 2.9, Space and Dimensionally; 2.10, Measurement; 2.11, Change; 2.12, Mathematical Structure; 2.13, Probability and Statistics; Goal 5, Think and Solve Problems; and Goal 6, Connect and Integrate Knowledge. Every high school course should incorporate problem solving, mathematical communication, and connections and mathematical reasoning. The Core Content for mathematics assessment specifics what content will be assessed from the Kentucky Academic Expectations and Program of Studies. The four areas are the same

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