Geometry, Algebra, Common Core 7,

The study and mastery of mathematics can bring great satisfaction and enjoyment and lead to a career of greater challenge and reward. The discipline, methodology and higher level thinking are all tools that are the gateway to many professions whether they specifically involve math or not. Of course, if you are thinking of science, medicine, engineering, and computers to mention a few, math is an essential component skill for you. Last year was our second year working on the new common core standards. Students did a great job and tested well on the new SBAC tests. We have adopted new texts in all areas including 7th and 8th grade common core math, Algebra and Geometry. The book is called Big Ideas and it has been adopted k-12. I was fortunate to pilot the Algebra Big Ideas text and I am impressed with many parts of the program. There is much more 'out of the box' thinking and application to real life than previous Algebra texts. It is important for students and parents not to get overwhelmed or frustrated. Help is provided before school and at break.
I will be starting my 41st year of teaching this year, 39th at Bernardo. I am thankful God has given me health and longevity. I love what I do more than ever!
I know we have a great school, wonderful parents and excellent students. Thank you again for your support.

I am looking forward to a wonderful year!!

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