Algebra 1 | 2020-21

In this Algebra 1 online class, homeschoolers meet live twice a week on ZOOM. The first weekly class consists of a lecture introducing new material and the second is planned as a problem-solving session. The class can be taken live, or students can watch recordings of the classes after they have been held.

  • Algebra 1 is offered as a regular course with an honors option.​ 

  • Students will meet in groups of 5 to 7 for the twice-weekly live sessions.

    • The class will be broken into intentionally small groups to enable students to participate and ask questions during the live meetings.

    • Days and times are listed in our FAQ.

  • All live meetings will be recorded.

  • For CA students: this course is a-g approved if taken through some homeschool charters. See our FAQ.

 

Foundational Elements

A typical week will open on Saturday morning and close the following Sunday. While students may not wish to work over the weekend (which is fine), this schedule will allow them to plan ahead, looking over upcoming assignments and preparing for the first weekly class meeting.

  • Each week will begin with an instructional message in the online classroom about concepts to come.

  • Homework and quizzes will be assigned weekly, with some work completed directly on the website and some uploaded.

  • Students will be offered more than one attempt to complete assignments, encouraging work toward mastery.

  • Some weekly assignments will offer automatic online feedback so that students can proceed at a pace that is optimal for them.

  • Students should expect to spend 5-7 hours per week on classwork.

  • The instructor will be readily available for assistance throughout each week.

 

Print and Digital

The class will be using a recent edition of a McGraw-Hill Algebra 1 text that offers clear, uncluttered instruction as well as real-world examples and explanations.

  • An Array of Resources

    • Digital resources designed to be paired with the class text will offer supplementary videos and links to on-the-spot explanations.

    • Additional interactive applications such as GeoGebra will help students visualize the concepts taught.

    • A graphing calculator app will be used to teach students the various functions and techniques needed to efficiently solve equations on their calculators.

    • A loaned hard-copy text will be provided free through the Blue Tent OnLoan program so that students can utilize a variety of online and print resources that work best for their preferences and learning styles.

  • Test Prep

  • SAT and ACT prep will be interwoven as a regular part of weekly classwork.

  • The class will cover topics and concepts that have not traditionally been part of the Algebra and Geometry sequence, but have appeared on recent SAT and ACT tests.

 

Honors Option

Students who choose the honors option will be presented with supplementary materials that reinforce, enrich, and expand on topics covered in the class.

  • Supplementary instruction will be delivered in a variety of ways, including ZOOM meetings, recorded videos, and critical thinking assignments.

  • Those choosing the honors option should plan to spend an additional 1-2 hours per week on classwork; however, some students will find they can master the core and supplementary material more efficiently than the hourly estimates.

Collaborate. Learn. Enjoy!

Algebra 1 students will interact regularly with their classmates and instructor during weekly live classes as well as in online forums in their Moodle classroom. Through live instruction, a variety of interactive resources, and a friendly online classroom, this course is designed to help students successfully learn and enjoy Algebra!

 

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