Indiana, my home state, has created a list of standards for us to follow. The Algebra 1 standards are the governing list of concepts for me to cover in an Algebra 1 class. And I use them as such. However, even with those as a guide there are many choices to make on the depth and breadth that each topic is covered. For instance, I am currently teaching basic trigonometry concepts to a high school Geometry class. The class is what FCHS refers to as a "lab" class, which means the students background puts them in a category of needing extra help to pass Geometry. Thus I am left to ask the question of how in depth do I teach the concepts to them. The Indiana Geometry standards state:

G5.4 Define and use the trigonometric functions (sine, cosine, tangent, cotangent, cosecant, secant) in terms of angles of right triangles.

G5.5 Know and use the relationship sin

**2**(x)+cos

**2**(x) = 1.

With this in mind I look at the two days it has taken the students to begin to grasp just the basic 3 trigonometric functions and I wonder if I can possibly cover both of those. Especially in light of the fact that I still need to cover quadrilaterals and circles before the end of the year(under 8 weeks left). I have more to say on this, and will at a later time, but I would love to hear any opinions that other teachers have on how they decide what they are going to cover.