My name is Stephen Hickman. I am looking forward to guiding Forest students on their journey of exploring and using the patterns of Problem Solving, Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics to help them approach and solve the problems they will see in their future endeavors. Please look around my website. You can learn more about me and find my contact information on the Meet The Teacher page. I teach two classes for Forest, Liberal Arts Math and AP Statistics. The class calendar on SKYWARD will include due dates and grades for assignments and other classroom activities.
Liberal Arts Math focuses on problem solving skills, breaking down problems to understand what information is given, what the question they are asking is, and then taking steps to solve the problem. You use these skills every day when solving problems, many times without knowing it. When a cook is trying to decide how much of an ingredient to put into a recipe for a dinner, when a mechanic is aligning the wheels of a vehicle, or when a builder is trying to decide the area of a room in a building plan, they are all using algebraic and geometric problem solving processes to make those decisions and solve those problems.
AP Statistics is a course aimed at also understanding patterns and departure from patterns; planning and conducting studies; exploring phenomena using probability and simulation; and estimating population parameters and testing hypotheses. We'll first start by exploring data. How is it constructing? What is the sampling method? What conclusions can be made from the data. We will then go into inferential statistics to anticipate patterns, make predictions, and test hypotheses. Students in this course must have at least completed Algebra 2, and should be anticipating applying that knowledge at the end of the course on the College Board AP Exam to obtain college credit. As such, this course will have more of a college atmosphere in teaching methods and student responsibilities.