The Common Core of High School Algebra states the topics of algebra and a basic guideline as to how to go about teaching algebra to high school students. It is important to go over every detail in order for students to understand terminology and then to further understand how to go about equations. It is also helpful in making sure every topic is gone over in order for the student to further advance in mathematics.
After the discussion in class some students said that some of these should be obvious, like what is a variable and stuff like that, we should already know how to teach that to a student. I completely disagree. This gives us a strong approach. What if a student doesn’t understand your explanation of a function? This article gives a guideline as to the steps that a student should understand. Make sure the student knows the simple terms. What is obvious to us may not be obvious to them. As math teachers, these notions come simply to us, but many students are not as math oriented so it takes longer and is more frustrating.