Algebra 1 – Anyone else attempting this?
I would like to re-write my Algebra 1 curriculum this summer as a spiraled curriculum. I changed my approach this year, but not the curriculum and still definitely think in units. Even though I have taught Algebra 1 (or Pre-Alg, depending) for about 20 years, I have always followed the textbook or a combination of textbooks (supplementing like crazy with other resources). I am not a trained math teacher; I’m an English and American studies major–no ed degrees, no math degrees. So all of that makes me worry that I won’t know what “strands” to pull out. I feel silly even typing it–I feel certain my experience gives me all that I need–but whenever I watch a math webinar, the jargon makes me feel as if I don’t really know what I am doing. I’m a great teacher; I’m not a trained mathematician. So if any mentor out there wants to guide me a bit in this new endeavor, I’d love some help. (I do plan to buddy up with my colleague who teaches Pre-Alg at my school, as well.)