A new project I'm undertaking to get ready for the first part of the school year. After teaching for two years I notice that my students don't struggle with the new material at hand, it's their lack of mastery of the old stuff that holds them back. I always say that Calculus taught me how much I suck at Algebra. So myself and a colleague brainstormed Math Boot Camp. Instead of spending the first two weeks of school diving right in to whatever's in Chapter 1, we'll drill some very basic skills that were last covered in 5th and 6th grade. On the list:
- Proper calculator syntax, ESPECIALLY when and where to use parenthesis.
- Fraction operations
- Rationalizing denominators
- Understanding the use of parenthesis when computing square roots
- Multiplication tables up to the 15s
- Perfect squares up to 25
- Fractional and decimal values of x
- Understanding how to manipulate a calculator window, adjusting a TblSet, proper use of rad/deg mode
- Completing the Square
- Answering in terms of pi
Suggestions on additional topics or ways to address what I have here are welcome. I like e-mail, not comments, sorry.