John Coder, 8th Grade Math

john coder 
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Subject taught: Math - 8
Years of teaching experience: 10 years
Teaching Experience: 2 years at the Instituto de Irelandes in Monterrey Mexico
1 year at Mira Loma HS
3 years at Rio Linda Jr
4 years at COA Middle School


University of Oregon Bachelors of Science, Software Engineering

National University, Masters of Science, Cross Cultural Education

Hobbies/interests outside of school: Cooking, Fishing Backpacking, Gardening

Educational philosophy: "The only purpose of education is to teach a student how to live his life... He has to be taught to think, to understand, to integrate, to prove. He has to be taught the essentials of the knowledge discovered in the past—and he has to be equipped to acquire further knowledge by his own effort." (Ayn Rand)

Algebra I covers many topics, but the highlights include:
Expressions and order of operations
Equations and inequalities, 1 step to multi-step with variables on both sides Linear equations and inequalities Systems of linear equations and inequalities Exponents radicals and fractional exponents Add subtract and multiply Polynomials Factor Polynomials Solve Quadratics by factoring, graphing and the quadratic formula Simplify rationales that require factoring

Concepts students will learn this year:

Students will learn the foundations of algebra and the study skills needed to be successful in all math classes. Pre-algebra covers a plethora of topics and skills that prepare students for the more focused algebra course in the 8th grade.

The Primary Topics in Pre-algebra

* The properties and operations of integers and rational numbers

*Equations and inequalities with one variable

*Linear equations and their graphs on a coordinate plane

*Proportions percents and their applications in interest discount and markup word problems

*Area and volume of basic prisms cones and cylinders

*The Pythagorean Theorem

*Quadratic equations and their graphs on the coordinate plane

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