Algebra looks tough but we will start at the bottom and work our way up together.
Taught by  Mr. Bigham
Course: Holt Algebra 1 Standard (course #1147-1) Text Book: Algebra 1, Burger, Chard, Hall, Kennedy, Leinwand, Renfro, Seymour, Waits - Authors, McGraw-Hill - Holt, Rinehart and Wiston c2007 - Publisher Holt, Rinehart and Winston

What is Algebra
What is Algebra: Algebra is a branch of mathematics that uses mathematical statements to describe relationships between things that vary over time. The mathematical statements that describe relationships are expressed using algebraic terms, expressions, or equations (mathematical statements containing letters or symbols to represent numbers).

Course Description
Geometry: Holt Geometry is designed with 1- Built in Assessments and Interventions, 2-Comprehensive Differentiated Instruction, 3- Success on High Stakes Tests, 4- Integrated Technology that Enhances Learning.

On line Algebra Book  1/Video Lessons/Graphing Calculator(far right click on tools)/homework help: 
user name: eastjr
password: cougar

Algebra Book Objectives
 The student will learn the Language of Algebra (chapter 1), Equations and Formulas (chapter 2), Simple Inequalities (chapter 3), Function Concepts (chapter 4), Characteristics (chapter 5), Systems of Linear Equations (chapter 6), Exponents (chapter 7), Factoring Methods (chapter 8), Quadratic Equations (chapter 9), Data Analysis (chapter 10), Exponential Functions (chapter 11), Rational Functions and Expressions (chapter 12).

Class Work
Students will complete all Practice showing steps before they will be allowed to take the chapter test. No Practice will have points taken off for being late as long as it is complete and showing all steps. If the student does not take the test in class on test day they may make it up when all work for the chapter is complete after school, before school or at XYZ Club, or in my classroom during their study hall period.

All tests and quizzes may be retaken and the better of the scores will be recorded. I am here everyday before school and after school until 3:35 pm to help students. All students will complete and have turned in all practice, the Collins writing assignment and the chapter review before taking the chapter test. Students are allowed to use the notes I give at the start of every chapter and book, Collins writing and the review as notes during the test.

All students must work on algebra during the daily study time in class. Most students will get all their Practice done during this time if they work hard. Allowing time in class to work allows the student to ask me for help when they have a question. Students who refuse to work on geometry during class work time and or being disruptive to others education they will earn a max of two points instead of five points on that assignment.

A tutor group, which I lead voluntarily; it is not associated with school. We meet Monday nights from 6-7 pm at The Fillin Station. 630 S Front St, Mankato, MN 56001. Each attending student will receive one free soda, compliments of the W.C. Bill Radichel Family.  Every Monday I will tweet and have on my voice mail, 207-3696, will have on it if we will have XYZ Club that night and time. XYZ Club starts a few weeks into school. If during teaching hours you call me you will get my voice mail 207-3696, you can hit 0 and office will ring me if you need to talk with me right away.

A 94%, A- 90%, B+ 87%, B 84%, B- 80% C+ 77%, C 74%, C- 70% D+ 67%, D 64%, D- 60% F BELOW 60%. Tests – 60% of grade, Homework (practice) – 40% of grade.
To calculate grade: {[(student total practice points) ÷ (total possible practice points)] x .4} + {[(student total test points) ÷ (total possible test points)] x .6} x 100 = Grade %.

All students will receive notes for the chapter on the first day of each chapter. Students are allowed and encouraged to use those notes during practice, quizzes and tests. If you loose your notes they can be found on our web site on the left of the page just click on the link “Algebra Required Practice”. A good web site for help is Our web site is updated daily by noon. On our main web page you will see what we are doing in class that day. On the left column you may click on “Algebra Required Practice” to see what we have done so far this year and what we have planned for the current week as well as chapter notes and Collins Writing Quiz for each chapter. If you do not have access to the net you may call me at 207-3696, during teaching hours you can hit 0 and the office will ring me if you need to talk with me ASAP, to hear our daily message, which will include that day’s practice assignment.

You also may follow me on twitter @bighammath. I tweet everyday the assignment for that day. All parents of failing students will be e-mailed progress reports at each mid quarter.

Parent Connect
Grades are always available on parent connect. Please feel free to call me at 207-3696 or e-mail me at if you ever have any comments, questions or concerns.

Leaving Class Policy Policy
When leaving during the class period to use the rest room, locker or to get a drink, The student will fill out the "on line pass" on their Chrome Book and then they will bring the Chromie to me to sign and then I will hit send.  Students are allowed 10 electronic passes per quarter. The students have 5 minutes between classes to use the rest rooms and get drinks. If needed they can go during class.

Class Room Norms
• Everyone participates • All opinions are respected • Book/paper/pencil/calc - daily • Cell phones put away • Quiet during announcements • No music/ear buds until practice time • Listen during teaching time • Practice during Practice time.

Collins Writing
Before each new chapter students will be assigned Collins Writing for the new chapter which counts as a chapter test.

Daily Practice (homework)
Practice is worth five points and 40% of students grade, 60% is from tests). I will give the students time in class to start the Practice given that day.  This is a very important time right after I teach for the student to try the material on their own which will help them grasp the material better and retain it longer. Also, I will be available to help the student with Practice during Practice time as well as before or after school.
Daily Practice (homework)
Practice is worth five points. I will give the students time in class to start the Practice given that day.  This is a very important time right after I teach for the student to try the material on their own which will help them grasp the material better and retain it longer. Also, I will be available to help the student with Practice during Practice time as well as before or after school.
Practice five points are earned daily as follows:
1pt for completing and turning in Practice and teacher accepting it.
2nd pt for not having cell phone visiable.
3rd pt for not wearing a hat or hood.
4th pt for not being late/leaving early/working during study time.
5th pt for not wearing headphones while I teach/not being disruptive/sitting in assigned seat.
(fewer points earned as student refuses to follow above rules throughout class period) 

2). PREDICT – Write one sentence that PREDICTS what this section will be about.
3). CLARIFY - Write down the vocabulary words in this section that are HIGHLIGHTED.
4). SUMMARIZE - WHY learn this or WHO uses this? (Write a SENTENCE)
5). ESSENTIAL QUESTION - Write down Essential Question from Smart Board here. After practice is done write one sentence here answering Essential Question. Then hand in Practice.

A. Be in your seat when bell rings to start our class as class will be "Bell to Bell".
B. Bring your Chrome Book CHARGED to class everyday.
C. Use pencils or erasable pens in our class.
D. No food , drink or gum in our classroom.
E. You will be required to show all steps on your practice.
F. You will be required to complete and hand in all assigned practice before you will be allowed to take the chapter test.
G. You must work on the Practice during study time in class.
H. You will be required to take all chapter tests and do all practice to qualify to pass this course.

All Practice/Behavior is worth five points.
For the student to get all five points for the Daily Practice, the student must do the assigned Practice and turn in to me, show work where I say work needs to be shown and do not violate I,J,K,L Requirements listed above.  ONE POINT WILL BE TAKEN OFF YOUR PRACTICE POINTS FOR EACH VIOLATION of I,J,K,L.
For Example, if today you came in to class after the bell -1pt, had cell phone out where I can see it -1pt and wearing a hat -1pt.  This means that when you turn in your Practice Which you must to take chapter tests, You will start with 5 points -1(late or not working during study time) -1(Cell phone out) -1(wearing hat) = 5-3 = 2. Two points out of 5 will be earned for that Practice. 
If student takes out cell phone three times in a class period they will loose three points off Practice.
Thus it is possible to get a zero for Practice, still must turn it in to be able to take test for that chapter.  Practice is 40% of the student grade.

Contact: Mr. Bigham

Contact: John Bigham