Does your student struggle in math? Do they wonder where they’ll use the skills they are gaining? Or maybe they excel, but also want to know how they’ll use what they are learning in the real-world. This class is perfect for both types of students as it teaches math in a way that lets them see not only how to do the mathematical calculations, but how to apply them to everyday situations. The UCSMP math program has a unique method that allows students to apply what they are learning in algebra for each new lesson, while also practicing those skills from previous lessons to be sure they’ve mastered them. All the math classes at Aim Academy utilize this same program so students can be sure to get a cohesive learning path that will be sure to cover all the topics in high school math by the time they finish high school.
The format of this class is a flipped classroom. Students will work on several sections on their own using instructional videos made by the teacher and completing both online and written work to get practice. By meeting twice a week, students will have the opportunity to ask questions and get feedback after only 2-3 lessons, rather than a whole week’s worth. Often students find that the discussion and questions of other students reinforces their learning even when they feel they have a strong grasp of the subject.
This class is very structured to let students build confidence by recognizing what will be coming up each week. The lessons are based on a 4 day week, allowing for a day of review each week. Students complete 3-4 sections per week, with each section having an instructional video, quiz, and written problems to complete. The written work is due the day after class each week to allow students to ask questions before submitting their homework. Each chapter has an exam and/or project as well. Live sessions will be a half hour twice weekly and will be an opportunity to ask questions, hear feedback from the teacher about common student mistakes, and learn from peers. Most students spend 3-4 hours per week working on class material.
Who should enroll?
This class is for 8th to 12th graders. Advanced 7th graders may be admitted with permission from the teacher. Students should have a good handle on the four operations and fractions, decimals, and percents.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
- Students will need the ability to scan in completed homework and tests in pdf form.
Evaluation and Feedback
I believe homework is the best tool for students to practice the skills they are learning and grade homework/provide feedback so they learn as they continue working toward mastery. Quizzes are graded instantly and written homework is generally graded within a 3 days of submission. Grades are based on a combination of homework, quizzes, and exams/projects. Students are also given a participation grade to account for timeliness of completing assignments, class participation, and effort. Communication will take place as needed through email and announcements and responses to student messages are generally within a few hours.
Once registered, you will receive a welcome email within 24 hours. Throughout the course parents will only be contacted if issues arise and at midterm and close of the course as I try to encourage students to take ownership of the class and contact me directly if they have any concerns. My website is kristenlauria.com.