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Pre-algebra and algebra are the gate way to success in mathematics. When you gain an understanding of the concepts in pre-algebra and algebra, the lessons

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I started teaching algebra and prealgebra about 10 years ago. Prior to that time, I was a consultant in the information technology field for a number of years.

I have taught algebra and prealgebra online and at the local community college. In the last few years, I have been teaching at the local business colleges. This is where I see the most need to help students develop their mathematics skills.

While teaching algebra 1 at the local community college, I was asked to work with a group of students starting with basic mathematics through algebra 2. All of the students were volunteers for the program. What I found out was that students in the program received better grades than those students who had different instructors for the different mathematics classes.

From this program, I created "Need to know" documents that covered each class from start to finish. The documents allowed me to take students who had not been in one of my previous classes, to quickly get up to speed with those students who had been in my previous classes.

During my teaching career, I have realized it is important to reach out to every student in the class, not just the ones who always have their hands up when a question is asked. I found by paring one of the better students with one who may be struggling, both did better in the class.

When I accepted an appointment as an adjunct mathematics instructor at the local community college, I did not know that my classes would be Saturday classes. The classes lasted from four to six hours, starting early on Saturday morning.

Trying to keep the attention of students for long periods on Saturday morning was short of being a lost cause. Then one Saturday, the local donut shop had a special on the cost of a dozen donuts. I showed up at class carrying several dozen donuts and the clouds when away and the sun began to shine. As the semester moved on I continued to bring donuts to class and the classes started earlier and earlier each Saturday morning.

During these pre-class coffee and donut sessions, students asked a lot of questions, students with homework problems were getting help from other students who had completed the homework assignment. Students who were shy during the normal class period, were not shy with coffee and donuts in their hands.

I continued looking for ways to get more student interaction, especially in the basic mathematics or prealgebra classes. Because of my success with the students in the Saturday morning classes, I was asked to work with students during the normal weekly school schedule.

I was told to teach to the "average" student. Do not try to teach to the top students in the class because you will lose the struggling students. Do not try to teach to the struggling students because you will lose the top students in the class. Teaching to the "average" student was not the answer either. It was up to me to find ways to ensure all students in the class understood the material and were able to apply the concepts presented in the class.

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Ten years teaching and tutoring basic math skills and algebra