At the beginning of semester 2, several students ranging 10th to 12th grade, received notifications that their schedules for the year had been changed. This turn of events was caused by the students being switched from their respective math class (Algebra 2 and Pre-Calculus) to another class named College Algebra. So what is this new mathematics course? Well, we interviewed Mr. Chuck Kruger who teaches Algebra 2 and Calculus, along with the new course.
According to Mr. Kruger, the idea for the course was first discussed the last week of November and the first week of December when he was checking through his students and realized that many of them were under-performing in their math classes, so he proposed the idea of creating the College Algebra course. The class was made for students who found their previous math classes to be “overwhelming”. College Algebra will help students by reinforcing concepts from “Algebra 1, Geometry, as well as more advanced concepts of Algebra” to facilitate the learning for these students when they take their respective courses once more. In his own words, Mr. Kruger said that the class was made as an “in-between course between Algebra 1 and Algebra 2 to confirm that those skills are met before moving up to higher-level math”.
The higher-level math Mr. Kruger is referring to is upcoming courses such as Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, and Statistics. College Algebra is not a repair cours, but rather a preparation and improvement of skills that were not up to par for other classes. The class is given during block G in day 2.
Much like with his other classes, Mr. Kruger follows a similar form of teaching for College Algebra for his summatives, weekly questions, homework, etc. Of course for this class, there is more attention to detail and emphasis on understanding so students retain vital information for the upcoming assessments and material they will face in math in the future.
The students have also already taken their first test for the course back in January 30 and the results seem very promising.
We here at Eye of the Tiger wish the best for Mr. Kruger and his students in College Algebra for the remainder of the school year.