Mr. Sandala's Website at Clarke County Public Schools
Pre-Algebra 8 - Pre-Algebra 8 includes an in-depth review of the pertinent Math 7 topics related to Algebra, including operations with integers, proportional reasoning, and solving one and two step equations and inequalities. In addition to the Math 7 review, the course also covers all of the VA SOL Math 8 standards. This year we will be using the 2016 Math 8 Standards of Learning as our guide for what topics to cover.
The goal of the course is to be prepared for Algebra I as you start into the high school.
Math is all around us
Mr. Sandala started his teaching career ten years ago after twenty years as a computer/systems engineer. He often brings his experiences from the projects he helped develop, including missile systems, the B2 Bomber, RADAR and Air Traffic Control systems, and Justice and Public Safety systems, as an engineer into the classroom to help make connections between "just math" and math in motion. He routinely links the math that is all around us to the math that students learn in the classroom.
October we started into our Consumer Applications unit. In this unit, we are calculating the general percent of a number and applying that to tips, taxes, discounts, markups, and simple interest. We’ll also looked into maintaining a checkbook properly. As we move into November, we’ll start into our Geometry unit.
Students have done a great job with the review of Math 7 concepts and are working hard to learn the new material. This month we’ll move into discussing Subsets of Real Numbers and applying math to consumer applications. We started using the ALEKS program in class; if your student would like to use at home, www.ALEKS.com.
AUGUST - SEPTEMBER UPDATE
Pre-Algebra 8 students are starting with an extensive review of Math 7 topics. These include Properties of Real Numbers, Integers, and conversions between fractions, decimals, and percents. We’ll also be signing into our ALEKS accounts; ALEKS provides a means for students to demonstrate proficiency on topics learned and it provides another platform for help with students who need extra practice