Sheltered Algebra Courses
Sheltered Algebra I
This first-year Algebra course is intended to help students who are learning English to also learn and develop solid mathematical thinking and demonstrate mastery of CCSS Algebra 1 content and practice standards. This course prepares students for more advanced courses in mathematics both linguistically and mathematically. Core units of study include: analyzing the structure of algebraic expressions, performing and justifying transformations of polynomial expressions, solving equations and inequalities both by deconstructing and balancing, exploring the nature of functions (with a strong focus on linear relationships), modeling visual patterns with expressions, modeling situations with systems of equations, and working with quadratic functions. There is a heavy emphasis on learning math terms in English and practicing using precise mathematical language verbally through oral presentations in class. This course employs standards based grading, so that all students can reach proficiency in key learning targets at their own pace. Other core instructional practices include the use of comparison problems, pair-share questions, desmos.com activities, Formative Assessment Lessons (map.mathshell.org), MARS tasks, and reflection activities. This course is taught as a two hour block with Algebra Support as the second hour.
Sheltered Strategic Algebra Support
This is the second hour of Algebra I where students have an opportunity to practice what they are learning in Algebra. All students are provided with a subscription to the online math tutoring program Mathspace.co as well as individual attention from the teacher, peer tutors and an instructional aide.