Teaching small group algebra 2 was challenging and super rewarding. Now that I am out of the classroom, teaching algebra 2 is one of the things I miss most. So much growth happens in students between when they enter the course and leave it. There were always so many times when my students thought a topic would be way too hard and ended up mastering it not too much time later.

In this post I want to share some of the teaching ideas and materials that I used in my small group special education algebra 2 class. Every student had an IEP and most were in 11th grade. Some were seniors, but most seniors in small group math took consumer math. I'll also link towards the end some of the cheat sheets I made for our inclusion algebra 2 class that got a bit farther in the curriculum than we did in small group.

If you've taught 9th grade algebra, you will likely recognize some of the topics we cover in small group algebra 2. A lot of review was necessary to lay the groundwork for new topics:

**These are the units we covered in small group algebra 2:**

- Increasing and decreasing
- Domain and range
- Function/not a function
- Evaluating functions
- Parent functions intro- absolute value, quadratics, radicals
- Graphing absolute value functions - vertex form
- Graphing quadratics - vertex form
- Graphing radicals - vertex form
- Function operations
- Factoring
- Quadratic formula
- Complex numbers
- Graphing quadratics in all forms
- Quadratic word problems
- Solving radical equations
- Polynomials
- Inverse functions

*In our inclusion class, we also covered: *

- Polynomial long division
- Synthetic division
- Exponential Functions
- Logarithms
- Graphing rational functions

**TEACHING SMALL GROUP ALGEBRA 2**

**Increasing and decreasing**

**Domain and range**

**Function vs. not a function**

**Evaluating functions**

**Parent functions intro - absolute value, quadratics, radicals**

**Graphing absolute value functions - vertex form**

**Graphing quadratics - vertex form**

*up 1, over 1; up 3, over 1; up 5, over 1, up 7 over 1*-- helps find additional coordinates once the vertex is found. We still completed tables, then used the pattern as a check. Students completed a set of vertex form task cards.

**Graphing radicals - vertex form**

**Function operations**

**Factoring**

**Quadratic formula**

**Complex numbers**

**Graphing quadratics in all forms**

**Quadratic word problems**

**Solving radical equations**

**Polynomials**

**Inverse functions**

**In algebra 2 inclusion:****Polynomial long division**

**Synthetic Division**

**Exponential functions**

**Logarithms**

**Graphing rational functions**

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