Mr. Chad Erbrecht
I am a graduate of Grove City College with a Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics and Secondary Education. I started my career teaching 5 years in Fairfax County Public School System teaching Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Honors Algebra 1, and Honors Geometry in 8th grade. I started working at Upper St. Clair in the fall of 2009 teaching at both Fort Couch Middle School and Upper St. Clair High School. I have been the co-sponsor for the Ultimate Frisbee Club, the Archery Club, and chaperone ski trips with the ski club.
I am currently teaching Honors and Academic Geometry to our 9th grade students at the High School.
I can be reached by:
Phone: 412-833-1600 x2636 Email: email@example.com
Honors and Academic Geometry: By the end of this course, you will have experienced the major components of Euclidian geometry, as well as some exposure to non-Euclidian geometries. Topics will include, but are not limited to, fundamental geometric thought, geometric shapes, transformations, and basic geometric reasoning and proofs.
How to be successful in Geometry:
Geometry is similar to other math courses since new material is built on the knowledge of previous material. Geometry is different than previous math courses because students will have the opportunity to learn the process of how math is created. In this class, students will be exposed to a lot of definitions, postulates, and theorems. Success will depend upon a long term working knowledge of those items. Items studied in early chapters will continuously show up throughout the remainder of the course, and drive the problem solving all year. For this reason it will be important that the students take certain measures to help ensure a long term understanding of the material. Methods to accomplish this will be suggested in class, but it is the student's responsibility to decide to use those methods or not.
I recommend that before beginning nightly homework, students spend a little bit of time reviewing the definitions, postulates, and theorems from that days lesson. Students should review the items again before quizzes, and then again before the chapter test. This will allow students to study the material several times in order to transition that material into long term memory. Last minute cramming of the definitions, postulates, and theorems will most likely lead to short term knowledge of the material and ultimately hinders future success in later chapters.