Our school is still on the traditional curriculum. Our students do Algebra 1, then Geometry, then Algebra 2. I’m sure that they remember everything from two years ago, but just in case, I always try to be a little proactive at the beginning of the year. Last year I incorporated Delta Math at the beginning of the year for students to practice basics and Algebra 1 skills on a weekly basis. I found it immensely beneficial as it reacquainted the students with skills they had learned in the past, but needed refreshing. This enabled me to spend more class time on Algebra 2, instead of reviewing Algebra 1.
For this year, I decided to extend that program by starting in the summer. My school allows students to take any class they have the pre-requisite for, even if they were not recommended. We have two levels of Algebra 2, and I teach the more advanced level. I have a fair number of students this year that were not recommended for the advanced Algebra 2 class, but have chosen to take it. So, I must be deliberate in structuring Algebra review and support so that these students can have the greatest chance of success in my class.
Optional Algebra 1 Summer Assignment on Delta Math: There is one question per topic (40 topics total). The questions range from rounding to factoring. I did not want to make it too difficult, as I do not want students frustrated over the summer.There is only one assigned question per skill, but since it is on Delta Math students can answer multiple questions if they would like more practice on a certain skill. As you can see, this student choose to do multiple problems on several skills, even though I only assigned one.
Pre-Assessment: In the first week back I will give my students a pre-assessment on Algebra 1 skills similar to the problems from the Delta Math Assignment. I grade the pre-assessment by assigning each skill a concept score, B(Beginning), D(developing), or P(Proficient). This will help them determine which Algebra skills they need more practice on. I do not record the pre-assessment score in my grade book. They will retest in at a later date for an actual grade.
Algebra 1 Concepts Review :
After the pre-assessment students need to review (or relearn) concepts so they can strengthen their Algebra skills and have more success on the upcoming Algebra assessment. I teach freshmen and sophomores and I know it is difficult for some students to do this on their own, so I provide the following to support them.
- I have an Algebra 1 Concepts Review Sheet that I will give to all of my students.
- I hold help sessions during lunch and after school to help students with basic algebra skills they are still struggling with.
- I leave the Delta Math Algebra 1 Review Summer Assignment up so students can keep working on skills.
Here is my Algebra 1 Concepts Review Sheet. 🙂