Why should I have to take math classes? When am I ever going to use this? How often have you heard this...or even think about how often have you said this? Math is an important part of education. In math students will learn the skills they need to think critically and analytically. Students will learn to work in a cooperative environment to solve problems and students will gain the skills they need to find resources to help them when they need it. My focus is on incorporating hands on activities and facilitating discussion. I challenge students to not only understand mathematics on a deeper level, but to enjoy the process. Math is required for college and tech schools and the skills can be applied to classes and hobbies such as business, woodworking, science, music, and agriculture.

Here is information on current classes I teach:

Algebra II

This course is a necessary course for students going on to most four year colleges or universities and is required for graduation. It helps the student develop a method of study that requires logic and the use of exact laws and rules.  This course will equip the students with the math skills necessary to attack higher level classes such as science, probability & statistics, economics, and other advanced math classes.  It is also highly recommended for students going on to most tech schools in many of the more technical areas.

Content areas include:

• Polynomial, Rational, and Radical Relationships
• Trigonometric Functions
• Modeling with Functions
• Inferences and Conclusions from Data
AP Statistics

AP Statistics is a year-long introductory statistics course designed for students who have successfully completed Algebra II. The goal of this AP course is to introduce students to the major concepts and tools for collecting, analyzing, and drawing conclusions from data. This course will cover four themes: Exploring data, sampling and experimentation, anticipating patterns, and statistical inference. Upon completion of this course students will look at the world differently because they will be able to construct an analysis of statistical data based on clear, critical thinking. In AP Statistics, students are encouraged and expected to justify their answers and develop the ability to verbalize the statistical process. Students will be expected to write in complete sentences with correct grammar and punctuation.

Most college majors require at least one class of statistics. This includes business, communications, wildlife management, forestry, mathematics, and actuarial science to name a few. Exposure to statistics in high school can help students succeed in future classes. A year of AP Statistics is equivalent to a semester of statistics in college.

Content areas include:

• Exploring Data
• Sampling and Experimentation
• Anticipating Patterns
• Statistical Inference