2016-17 will be my eighteenth year teaching middle school math. For the last eight years I have taught 8th grade algebra and before that I taught 7th grade math for nine years here in Brainerd. I also taught multiple grade levels for one year in Mora Minnesota. I received my degree in mathematics, and license to teach, at Bemidji State University in 1998. In 2009 I received my Master's degree in mathematics education from St. Cloud State University. | Every 8th grade student in Minnesota takes algebra, but there are two different levels of algebra offered in Brainerd. All students are required to have a calculator, graph paper, notebook paper and pencils. The accelerated mathematics course is titled intermediate algebra and has a pre-requisite that students have succuessfully completed one year of algebra in 7th grade. After a short review of linear algebra concepts, students will expore systems of equations, polynomial operations, quadratic equations and exponetial operations. ***TI-84+ graphing calculator recommended for this course. The non-accelerated course is titled Algebra. This course is an in-depth exploration of linear algebra and an introduction into polynomials, exponential rules and the Pythagorean Theorem. ***A scientific calculator is sufficient for this course. |