Measures of Math Lab Learning Outcomes

Reflections of a Second-career Math Teacher

This past school year, AY 2012 – 2013, I taught an algebra 1 intervention course to approximately twenty-five freshman. [1]   The course, titled “Math Lab,” served to support students who scored below basic or far below basic on their prior year algebra 1 California Standards Test (CST). [2]

Purpose for Math Lab

Students are placed in a math lab course concurrently with algebra 1 with the belief that the interventions in math lab will enable them to pass algebra 1.  Unfortunately, when a student is significantly behind in their prerequisite skills and knowledge, especially in mathematics, the path to passing a course reliant upon mastery of the prerequisites is not always short, nor successful.  Notwithstanding the cold, hard reality that plays out for many students far behind in their understanding of, and proficiency with, mathematics, it is imperative that they be continuously encouraged in their efforts to learn and…

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About Dave aka Mr. Math Teacher

Secondary math teacher teaching math intervention, algebra 1, honors precalculus, and AP Calculus AB. I spent 25 years in high tech in engineering, marketing, sales and business development roles in the satellite communications, GPS, semiconductor, and wireless industries. I am awed by the potential in our nation's youth and I hope to instill in them the passion to improve our world at local, state, national, and global levels.
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