# Welcome to Algebra I!

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## Objective

SWBAT understand how the class will run and the content to be covered during the year. SWBAT clarify their thinking for others by providing examples to justify an argument.

#### Big Idea

The camera is zoomed way out to capture "the Grand Canyon" in this lesson: students are introduced to each other, the teacher, and to the exciting opportunities that await in Algebra I!

## Entry Ticket: Getting to Know Each Other

20 minutes

To open the class (and the year!) I introduce the protocol that we use for Think, Pair, Share and have students practice the skills by learning about each other with the PowerPoint Slides: Welcome to Algebra I.

As the instructions on Slides 2 and 3 indicate, students have time to write down what they would like their classmates to know about themselves. Then, they discuss these details with a partner. Finally, I have partners introduce each other to the class. I use this activity to demonstrate the importance of actively listening and the opportunity to learn from each other. The activity also makes it clear to students that everyone will have a chance to speak in front of the class.

I think it is vital to begin to work on a culture of sharing and respect right from the beginning of the year. It is important for students to feel safe to share and to critique if we are going to learn in an environment that supports the development of mathematical practices.

## Classroom Observation and Analysis

20 minutes

In this section, the class works on the Activity: Classroom Observation and AnalysisI have students take a tour of the classroom and jot down observations and comments/analyses about the classroom. My intent is to get students up and moving around, and, to have students observe the different parts of the room. I hope the tour will spark questions about how the class will run, what the expectations and norms in the class will be, etc.

After taking observations, students complete another Think, Pair, Share and discuss their findings with a partner and then with the class.

## Course Syllabus and Expectations

20 minutes

In this section I give students time to read over the Algebra I Course Syllabus. I then walk the students through the syllabus, section by section. To conclude the section I have students ask any clarifying questions, concerns, feedback.

To facilitate Family Communication I have students review the syllabus with their parent/guardian at home and have a parent or guardian sign the syllabus. I also leave a section for parents to update their contact information and let me know what the preferred method of communication is.