High school math is the next step in a child’s life where they are taken out of the basic principles of mathematics and ushered into a world of greater depth, learning skills that they will carry with them into adulthood and hopefully exercise their critical thinking skills in a way that will help them in their career field of choice. Starting with the first year of high school, 9th grade math builds upon the basics and also introduces new components of practical math application, such as consumer math and finances.
An example of a typical 9th grade math course will include the following :
- Consumer Mathematics
- Applied Business Math
- Algebra 1
Some students may excel beyond the required courses in their first year and go on to study Algebra 2, Advanced Algebra, and perhaps even venture into calculus. Every student is different and now is the time for them to truly understand and put into practice all of the equations they were taught up to transitioning from elementary education, to high school.
An important element of approaching 9th grade math, is to consider the student and what interests they have, and the goals they have for themselves in the future. If they have plans to attend a college, and what degree they wish to achieve can affect the course material they pursue while working toward their high school diploma. When looking at 9th grade math the entire four years of high school should also come into focus and contribute to what and how the student studies.
Along with learning new math expressions students will begin to learn how to use a variety of problem solving strategies. They will learn how to determine what information is needed while problem solving, and how to use multiple representation to explain situations ( numerically, algebraically, graphically, etc.) They will begin to understand how to reason, prove their reasoning mathematically, and then communicate their reasoning to others.
It is important for teachers to take the time to connect with their students on this subject. Young people who are struggling in grasping basic concepts, or did not fully learn foundational principles in elementary and middle school will have a much more difficult time transitioning into higher math. Algebra in particular can become a source of frustration without basic understanding. Parents should also be aware of where their child is at, and what they should be working on. Having teachers and parents who are willing to be involved can help a student feel more comfortable with asking questions and less inhibited in the math world.
9th grade truly is a transition from child to young adult. Diving into the world of higher math is one step closer to equipping the next generation with the tools they need to succeed. With proper support from teachers, parents, and a school that facilitates an atmosphere of learning through asking questions and hands on application, 9th grade math is one more brick in the foundation of a child’s education that they can build upon for the rest of their lives.