This class uses a mixture of videos, online exercises, and written homework to ensure that the students have plenty of instruction and practice so they have a solid understanding, while being both engaged and challenged. The use of interactive, online practice with live support from a teacher helps students gain confidence and prepare for more challenging math and science classes.
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 5 day week in which students complete 5-6 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 as well. Live lessons 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. The pace is quick and the work is challenging as this is an entire year’s worth of algebra in 16 weeks. Most students spend 5-8 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. Because of the fast pace, this class is ideal for students have have taken part of a year of algebra 1 or are advanced students.
- 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.