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.
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.
Communications: Course communication occurs through the message system on the course website. I am also available to students by appointment.
Technical needs: To access course materials students will need broadband, high speed Internet and their own e-mail account. This course will be run on the learning platform called Canvas. Canvas is a user-friendly, powerful platform where parents can be linked to their students and access student material, see grades, and contact the instructor at any time. Weekly assignments are downloaded as PDF files from the website. A scanner is required so that students can scan their completed work and upload it to the website for grading.
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.
Class Meeting Time: Four times monthly, a live discussion will be held at the above listed meeting time to discuss concepts, answer student questions, and complete homework problems together. 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. All homework is due on the Canvas course website by Friday evenings, midnight EST, unless otherwise noted.
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.
Who should apply: The well-prepared applicant also has completed a good foundation in pre-algebra and is comfortable working with fractions, decimals, exponents, and the four main operations (+, -, x, /). This course will move at a faster pace since it covers a full year of algebra in 1 semester. It is a good way for students to move ahead if they want to finish more math during their high school career.
Prerequisites: Completion of pre-algebra.
To apply or ask a question regarding this class, email Kristen Lauria at firstname.lastname@example.org or see her website at MasteryAcademic.com for more information.