According to the publisher’s website: “The goal of UCSMP Algebra is to act as an introduction to the language of algebra, and the ways it is used in the real world, while integrating geometry, probability, and statistics with a variety of approaches and uses of contemporary technology.” My goal as the teacher is to make the material covered in the textbook make sense and to ensure that no concept gets left behind. Future study will hinge on a student’s understanding of this foundational material.
Who should enroll: 7th-12th graders who are comfortable working with decimals, fractions, and integers.
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Course Structure: This class is fast paced and will cover 1 chapter every week to week and a half. Students will cover chapters 1-11 in 16 weeks and there will be an online midterm and final exam. We will meet once a week for live classes and each section has a recorded lesson to watch and learn from.
Communications: Course communication occurs through the message system on the course website. I am also available to students by appointment. You will receive information about the class within 1 day of registering and will get at least 2 progress reports during the course in the form of a participation grade. My website is at kristenlauria.com.
Lecture Content/Live Web-ex Discussions: All course lectures are recorded and available for students to playback at their convenience. I also post podcasts and short video clips explain course concepts as needed. Regular “office hours” will be listed after classes begin (survey of student time zones will determine the actual office hours) so students can reach me for immediate feedback or for individual or group homework help.
Student Evaluation and Feedback: Students will be graded on homework, discussions, quizzes, and exams. The homework will be a combination of short answer questions done on the course website and handouts to be completed, scanned, and uploaded. All student work will be graded and returned within one week of submission.
Time Commitment: The qualified student will spend 6-8 hours per week on this class. This accounts for reading the assigned texts, answering review questions, calculating practice problems, and discussing class work with others in the forums.
Instructor Qualifications: I have a BS in physics with a minor in mathematics and a MS in Education. In 2012 I began tutoring students and even started my own company when I saw a vast need for math and science help for high school and college level students. What I also found is that it is a great way to share my love for both subjects. Currently, I homeschool my own 2 children in addition to teaching at a local co-op our family is a part of. I took online classes during both my undergraduate and graduate education and am familiar with both the power and limitations of the medium. My desire to pass on my own love of learning all subjects is only surpassed by my hope to encourage students to enjoy learning science and math, which are often feared and avoided.
Prerequisites: Completion of pre-algebra.
To apply or ask a question regarding this class, email Kristen Lauria at email@example.com or see her website at MasteryAcademic.com for more information.