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Algebra 1 | Live & Self-Paced | 2023-24


In this online live Algebra 1 class or Self-Paced Algebra 1 class, middle school and high school homeschoolers have multiple live meeting opportunities available each week:

  • Live Class: Students will meet with their instructor and classmates for 75 minutes once a week. These live sessions will provide a review of topics found in the weekly lessons, additional examples offered by the instructor, and small-group collaboration. 

  • Self-Paced Class: Students cover the same material as the live class, but all instruction will be delivered by teacher-produced videos.

  • Live and Self-Paced--Two Optional Live Study Halls: In addition to the 75-minute live class, the instructor will offer two weekly live study halls for both live and self-paced students. These can be utilized in two ways:

    • Individual questions. Students can drop in to a Zoom study hall at any time to ask questions.

    • Homework time. Students can log in to a Zoom study hall--keeping microphones muted and videos on or off--to work on their math homework. They can then unmute to ask for immediate help when questions arise.

Class Details

  • Two class options:

    • Algebra 1 | Traditional full-year live class

    • Self-Paced Algebra 1 | Can be started any time and must be completed within 12 months

    • Interested in an HONORS Algebra 1 class? Look HERE.

  • Tuition:

  • Instructor: Ashley Porter

  • Dates: August 14, 2023 to May 12, 2024. See our FAQ for a complete list of days, times, and breaks.

  • Weekly Live Class: Tuesday 3-4:15 p.m. Eastern 

  • Optional Live Study Halls:

    • Tuesday 4:30-6 p.m. Eastern

    • Thursday 6-8 p.m. Eastern

  • Grade level: 7th and up (successfully completed Pre-Algebra)

    • ​For age/grade guidelines, prerequisites, and further recommendations for all classes, please see our FAQ page.

  • Live class size: 15

  • Course materials are listed HERE.

  • Format: Zoom and an online classroom. 

    • Students who attend live classes are requested to keep their webcams on and participate. 

    • Live classes will be recorded for those who miss classes or prefer to watch later.

  • All Blue Tent live math classes are NCAA-approved.

Foundational Elements

Algebra 1 will include teacher-recorded videos in addition to weekly live meetings and study halls. During a typical week, students might see some of the following:

  • Activities covering specific learning topics that are aligned with sections of the book and designed to cover topics students will see on standardized testing 

  • Short instructional videos demonstrating the use of algebra in the real world

  • Homework problems that build on concepts students learn in weekly lessons and assigned activities

  • Checkpoint quizzes to test understanding of terms and concepts

  • Weekly quizzes and chapter tests that assess students' mastery of topics and their ability to make deeper connections among topics of algebra

  • Games (similar to Kahoot and Jeopardy), where students solve puzzles/riddles and complete fun, algebra-related assignments, can be expected, especially in review weeks

  • Real-world application projects where students expand their understanding of "how" and "why" we use algebra in everyday life

  • Students should expect to spend 5-7 hours per week on classwork (which includes recorded instruction and the live Zoom class). 

An Array of Resources

The class will use the 2018 edition of McGraw-Hill's Glencoe Algebra 1. (See the complete list of resources HERE.) This textbook offers built-in study tips, concept checks, applications to real life, practice quizzes and hands-on activities to solidify concepts.

  • Required digital resources offer students an interactive ebook of the course text, supplementary videos, links to on-the-spot explanations, and WebAssign.

  • Free interactive applications such as GeoGebra and Desmos will help students visualize concepts.

  • Optional: students who wish to utilize a hard-copy of the textbook can purchase one on their own or borrow one through the Blue Tent OnLoan program.

Ashley Porter utilizes the pedagogy and resources from the creators of MathMedic, which are designed to engage students and help them develop a foundational understanding of the topics of algebra.

With live instruction, a combination of print and interactive resources, and a friendly online classroom, students will efficiently and successfully learn, apply, and enjoy Algebra 1!

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