Duxbury Middle School
Grade 8 - Team 8A - Algebra I
8th grade algebra class using the TI83 Students gathering data for graphs Students explaining their solution to the class
or TI84 Plus graphing calculators
Welcome to my website and 8th grade Algebra I!
I am looking forward to our class and our year together! It is exciting that you have your own laptop!! This year you will expand your equation solving skills and your knowledge of exponents, rational and irrational numbers, and radicals. You will learn about and recognize a constant rate of change in data. In addition, you will learn the components of a line such as its slope, its intercepts, and the different forms of equations of lines. You will also learn the difference between a relation and a function, and how to write a function that models a real life situation. You will also expand your knowledge of the coordinate plane by graphing inequalities in two variables, and using the Distance Formula to find lengths. All of these concepts will be applied to real life situations so you can understand their applications and find relevance. You will learn what a polynomial is, and how to add, subtract, multiply, and factor them. Graphing quadratic equations will be a new experience as the course moves from lines to curves. You will explore the features of the graphing calculator and use them to graph many of the concepts learned in class!
I also believe that it is part of my job to prepare you for high school and ultimately for the 21st Century Workplace. I believe work ethic plays a critical role in one's success, so I try to encourage and cultivate a strong work ethic in my students. For many of you, algebra will not be easy, so as the saying goes, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, again"!! We will all make mistakes, and that's OK!!!
My class motto is to "Be Better". "Be Better" in the effort you give in completing your homework. "Be Better" at participating in class. "Be Better" about showing all of your work. "Be a Better" friend.
So come prepared with your supplies and assignments, and commit to giving your very best effort each day!
I use Schoology for posting classwork, videos, and homework. Please expect it to be updated no earlier than 5 p.m. each day for your convenience, but you should also write homework assignments in your agenda or on your laptop. I would also encourage you to ask questions in class because I want you to always remember it is your class, and if you have a question, someone else probably has the same question!! So ask! I'm sure others will be glad you did!! I am also available for help after school and I am in Homework Club on Thursdays. Please drop by if you have any questions, and be assured that a question is never too minor or "stupid"!!! we will work together to find the answer!!
Finally, please be sure to read the tab "Expectations and Supplies" in order to be prepared so you will "Be Better" in class!
About my family:
My husband Michael and I have two sons, Rich and Phil. I'm a native of Indiana and I graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Mathematics and a minor in Germanic Languages. I taught one year of high school Geometry and German in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I then began a career in computer science at Sears, Roebuck, and Co. in Chicago and after three years became one of their data processing instructors.
I met my husband Michael in Chicago. We married and then we lived in various parts of the country: San Francisco where I worked for Bank of America; Madison, CT where I worked for Travelers Insurance in Hartford; Glen Rock, NJ where I worked for Online Software, Int’l; Louisville, KY where we began our family; and now Duxbury, where we have lived for the past 23 years.
This is my 14th year teaching Algebra I in the Duxbury School System. In addition to teaching Algebra at DMS, I run the Thursday Homework Club and for nine years I have chaperoned the Eighth Grade Nature’s Classroom Trip. Every year I enjoy this week since it is always a new and different experience! Click on my Nature's Classroom podcast for a glimpse into the experience! I encourage everyone to participate and come camping with us because it’s an absolute blast!
When I am not working, I enjoy gardening, knitting, kayaking, reading, exercising, experimenting in the kitchen, and playing with our dog, "Blizzard".
Now a little about my sons:
My older son Richard was a 2008 DHS Grad. While at DHS, he was a member of NHS, played trombone in the band, and he was captain of the golf, hockey, and baseball teams. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a BS in Accounting. He passed the CPA exam and after a few years with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, he now works for Duff and Phelps in Boston. Rich lives in South Boston and continues to golf and play hockey in a men's league at the Rockland Rink.
My younger son Phillip graduated in May from Virginia Tech with a BS in Finance, and he was a member of the men's baseball team and Captain his Senior year. He attended DHS for two years, played trumpet in the band, and was on the varsity golf, hockey, and baseball teams with Rich. He transferred to the Noble & Greenough School in Dedham and graduated in 2012. Like Rich, Phil was also captain of the Nobles' varsity hockey and baseball teams, and still enjoys the game of golf. Phil currently lives in Blacksburg, VA and is Director of Baseball Operations for Virginia Tech.
"Blizzard", our white golden; Harbor Town Golf Links, Hilton Head In the yard with "Blizzaard" On vacation in St. John
Rich Rich fly fishing in the Shucking oysters Rich and my mother
Phil Phil playing baseball at VTECH
On vacation "Cool Dudes"
We enjoy our kayaks in Duxbury Bay "The Bean" in Chicago w/ my best friend! My Mom and I
Our beautiful beach at sunset!