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Master of Arts in Education (MA)

MA Concentration

Teaching Mathematics


Algebra, Workshop, Handbook, Ninth-Grade


Roger Pence, Pamela A. Redmond, Jim O'Connor


There is a known problem with ninth graders passing and succeeding in ninth grade Algebra 1 and while it is a known issue, it is still an issue that needs to be addressed and fixed. The freshman year in high school is possibly the most crucial year of a student's life and educators need to work together to help all eighth graders transition smoothly from eighth grade math and into ninth grade Algebra 1. If ninth graders have a successful ninth grade year, there are many more opportunities of growth that comes along with this success. The Algebra Workshop handbook was developed based on the goal to better prepare students for Algebra 1 in the ninth grade. Ninth graders have the lowest passing rate of all other grade levels and the goal is to change that. One way to help change this issue is by helping the incoming ninth graders prior to entering the ninth grade, this would be in the summer. The Algebra workshop handbook would serve as a tool that educators would use to guide a potential summer Algebra workshop for in need incoming ninth grade students. The hope is that students who need the extra help would take this summer course and go into their ninth grade Algebra 1 course and successfully pass with flying colors.