Does your student struggle in math because they can’t understand 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 cover all the topics in high school math by the time they finish high school. The format of this class is a flipped classroom. This means that 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.
What is algebra 1?
At Aim Academy Online we use Canvas as our learning management system (LMS) and have the enterprise version, which affords us lots of great features to make student learning better. All student work and communication is conducted through the course shell on Canvas. Canvas can be accessed using any browser and also has companion apps for tablets and phones. Within Canvas, students will learn through multiple ways including visual, auditory, and tactile. I strive to provide a learning environment that is successful regardless of your personal learning style and provide a lot of flexibility as far as how to learn the content of the course.
Each week we will have two 45-minute live class sessions (optional – but highly encouraged), during which we will review concepts, answer questions, and explore the topics together. We often have an opportunity to participate in discussions and play games during our live class. This time is not part of the student’s grade, but gives a much needed opportunity to meet other students in the class and learn from each other. The students I teach hail from around the country (and sometimes around the world) and bring their unique perspective to the many issues we discuss in class. I encourage all students to attend the live classes if possible, but if they cannot make them due to other commitments, they are required to watch the class recording.
- Writing instruments: color nonspecific; HOWEVER, please do not write in highlighter
- Calculator (TI-Nspire CX II or TI-Nspire CX II CAS recommended as this is what I’ll use for demonstrations and will be useful for all levels of math from Algebra up to Calculus. A built in calculator will be available for quizzes and tests.)
- High speed, broadband Internet
- Sound card and microphone (for live sessions)
- Streaming video capabilities to watch recorded lectures
Additional books and resources may be recommended during the year. A lab material list is available below.
- Readings and Practice: 30%
- Quizzes: 20%
- Exams and Projects: 40%
- Student Professionalism: 10%
Extra Credit will be available at the teacher’s sole discretion and is NOT guaranteed.
Who Should Enroll?
The qualified student:
- 8th to 10th graders. Advanced 7th graders may be admitted with permission from the teacher.
- Incoming students should have a good understanding of arithmetic operations, fractions, decimals, and percents.
- has strong reading and writing skills.
- can work mostly independently and ask for help when necessary.
Starting 2021/2022 there will be an application process to enroll in Algebra 1 with Aim Academy Online.
If you don’t think your student meets some or all of these requirements, please contact me to help assess your student or consider enrolling in Pre-Algebra with Mrs. Habicivch.
Like what you see and want to register? Head over to https://debrabell.com/onlineclasses/algebra-1/ to reserve your spot today!