This class will meet twice a week for 45 minutes. Each week, 3-4 lessons will be taught and each lesson will have written problems to complete. The goal of this course is to prepare students for a high school level algebra course. Emphasis is placed on the interconnectivity of topics as well as continual review of previous topics in this and previous courses. Students will be taught skills, applications, properties and representations of topics in a multi-dimensional approach. We will learn problem solving on paper and use technology, such as a dynamic geometry system and graphing calculators to prepare them for future work in high school and beyond. Students will learn how to read, understand, and communicate using mathematical language in daily assignments and in several projects during the year.
Successful completion of 6th grade math and instructor approval is required. Students must complete an application and be approved before registering. Incoming students should have a good understanding of arithmetic operations, fractions and decimals. A placement test will be provided upon course registration in order to assess student readiness for the course.
The qualified student will spend 4-6 hours per week on this class. This accounts for watching pre-recorded videos, reading daily assignments, completing daily homework, and submitting handwritten weekly assignments. The submitted homework will consist of video concept check questions, daily readings and note-taking, electronic concept questions, and textbook questions, some submitted as scanned written work, and some to be checked against an answer key that is provided.
In addition, there will be two required projects (one each semester), and handwritten and scanned chapter tests. To help students learn how to take good notes, notes from each chapter will be submitted and evaluated. Each week, students are required to submit questions that will be addressed in our live sessions. These live sessions will be used to review, practice problem-solving, and answer submitted questions.
All course lectures are pre-recorded and available for students to play back at their convenience. Weekly live problem-solving and discussion sessions will be held where we work together on concepts and applications of concepts. Questions are welcomed! Students are not required to “meet” at the scheduled discussion time, but it is encouraged. Scheduled discussion times will be recorded for those unable to attend the live discussion times and available for approximately one month afterward.
Who should enroll?
Please note that instructor approval is required. Students in grades 7-9 who meet the following criteria and prerequisites may apply.
Successful completion of 6th grade math is necessary, and students must complete an application and be approved before registering. Incoming students should have a good understanding of arithmetic operations, fractions, and decimals. A placement test will be provided upon course registration in order to assess student readiness for the course.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Web cam, sound card, and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
- Scanner or smart phone for submitting tests and homework
Evaluation and Feedback
Students will be graded on homework, projects, notes, tests, and exams. Submitted student work will be graded and returned within one week of the due dates. Outside of class times, students may contact the teacher with any questions or concerns using Canvas messages.
Grades are perpetually available throughout the course and parents may contact me through Canvas messages on the course website. Parent- teacher conferences will be offered in the fall and spring of the year.