**Algebra
Performance Task Handout (Part 5 of the Portfolio)**

**Journal
Entries (Part 2 or the Portfolio)**

**Article
Reflection Handout (Part 4 of the Portfolio)**

**Article
Reflection Information Sheet**

**Review Sheets for Tests**

**MATH 3803**

Summer
2006

**Course
Name**: Algebra for P-8 Teachers I **Office Number**: 210 Boyd Building

**Instructor**:
Dr. Sheila Rivera **Office Hours**: TR 10-11 am, 3-4 pm

**E-mail**:
srivera@westga.edu **Telephone**: O: 678-839-4141

**Webpage**:
www.westga.edu/~srivera

**Course
Objectives**: Following
completion of the course, the student will demonstrate the following:

- An
understanding of standard vocabulary and symbols associated with algebra;
- A
better understanding of fundamental concepts of algebra, including linear
and quadratic equations in one and two variables, linear inequalities,
functions, polynomials, exponents, and radicals;
- The
ability to recognize and correct “common errors” made by algebra students;
- A
better understanding of appropriate strategies for teaching algebra;
- A
better understanding of the uses of a variety of manipulatives,
technology, and other materials for teaching algebra in grades P-8; and
- An
ability to relate algebra topics studied in this course to the mathematics
taught in grades P-8.

**Text**:
*Flash Review for Algebra*, Pearson
Addison-Wesley, 2004, Author: Jon Becker, ISBN: 0-321-14309-4.

**Additional
Required Supplies**:
There is a course packet of handouts available at the university
bookstore.

**Evaluation**:

Test
1 100 points

Test
2 100 points

Test
3 100 points

Project 180 points

Final 150 points

**Total Possible Points: 630 points**

**Grading
Policy**: A (567-630 pts.), B (504-566 pts.), C (441-503 pts.), D (378-440
pts.), F (0-377 pts.)

**Late
Assignments Policy**:
Hard copies of all assignments, journal entries, etc. are due at the
beginning of class on the specified date (see course schedule). Late assignments will not be accepted unless
prior approval has been given by the instructor. In the event that a late assignment is
accepted, the grade on the assignment will be lowered.

**Attendance
Policy**: Students are expected to attend all classes. This term a student may withdraw with a grade
of W through June 28^{th}, regardless of grades, absences, etc. This deadline has been established by the
University. After this deadline, if a
student has accumulated more than two absences throughout the semester, he/she
will normally receive a grade of WF. (A
grade of WF counts as an F.) The two
absences should be saved for sickness and other emergencies. Late arrivals and early exits count as
one-half of an absence. If a student is
absent for a test and has an excuse from someone in authority, then the final
exam grade will be used for the missed test in the calculation of the final
course grade. No make-up exams will be
given. Students who maintain a perfect
attendance record (ie no excused or unexcused
absences) will have 7 points added to their Total Points at the end of the
semester.

**Suggested
Problems**: For each section
covered in class there will be a set of problems provided. These are not homework problems in the sense
that they will be taken up and graded.
Instead, these are problems that are recommended for you to work in
order to be successful in the class. If
you have questions concerning the suggested problems, you should address these
questions to the instructor during office hours, before or after class, or during
the review session prior to the test.

**Conferences**: Conferences can be beneficial and are
encouraged. All conferences should occur
during the instructor’s office hours, whenever possible. If these hours conflict with a student’s
schedule, then appointments should be made.
The conference time is not to be used for duplication of lectures that
were missed; it is the student’s responsibility to obtain and review lecture
notes before consulting with the instructor.
The instructor is very concerned about the student’s achievement and
well-being and encourages anyone having difficulties with the course to come by
the office for extra help. Grades will
be based on coursework, not on Hope Grant needs, GPA, or any other factors
outside the realm of coursework.