Algebra Camp: A fun learning experience

Algebra Camp: A fun learning experience
Posted on 06/05/2019
This is the image for the news article titled Algebra Camp: A fun learning experienceAfter a one-week break after the last day of classes, 75 incoming eighth graders were learning new math skills at the four-day Algebra Camp.

The 75 chose to attend to be better prepared for Algebra I classes in the eighth grade.

The camp counselors, which were mathematics teachers within the district, showed the students many of the ways that algebra is integrated into every-day life. Students were taught many things at the camp that will help them be successful in their Algebra I course.

"Algebra is the gateway to high school courses and beyond," said Sara Tudon, Coordinator of Curriculum. "It was an intensive preview of the skills and concepts necessary for a great start in Algebra I."

Six LFHS teachers kept the student focused on algebra, and showed off their talents in front of their families at the closing ceremony Thursday.

"We have amazing teachers who take pride in teaching Algebra I," Tudon said. "Their focus is not just for our students to pass the course or pass the state assessment, but to get our students college-ready."

In the 2018-19 school year, Los Fresnos CISD eighth-grade students posted a 100 percent passing rate for Algebra I EOC, and averaged 99 percent advanced or were at the master's level at the three middle schools. Ninety-seven percent of the eighth-grade Algebra I students who attempted the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) assessment passed.

Los Fresnos CISD Digital Learning Specialist Rene Garza, who owns and operates the Dojang Martial Arts Academy in Los Fresnos, showed students how algebra is integrated into self-defense classes.

"You have to know geometry in the karate classes, on know the angles of throwing a punch and the stance to take when receiving one," Garza said. He also explained to students how martial arts is like a see-saw.

"The length of one and the force of one is equal to the length of two and the force of two," Garza said. "That's how a see-saw works."
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