Geometry | 2021-22

Blue Tent Geometry

In this live online Geometry class with an honors option, homeschoolers work through daily lessons with teacher-recorded video instruction, guided notes, and practice problems. Students are free to complete the lessons and assignments at their own pace within each week, but the course is structured to encourage daily learning and practice.​

  • Students will meet live with their instructor and classmates for 90 minutes once a week on ZOOM in an active and engaging problem session. Live sessions will consist of examples offered by the instructor, small-group collaboration, and plenty of time to ask questions and help students develop their proof-writing skills.

  • In addition to the live 90-minute class, the instructor is available throughout each week in two live, regularly scheduled study halls, that will be two hours each.

    • Students are welcome to drop in to study halls for quick questions or to stay logged in with their microphone's muted--working on their classwork and asking the instructor for on-the-spot assistance if and when questions arise.

Class Details

  • Geometry is offered as a live full-year class or as a self-paced class. Both have an Honors option.

  • Dates/Times:

    • August 16, 2021 to May 13, 2022

    • Section 1 | Wednesday | 2-3:30 Eastern

    • Section 2 | Wednesday | 4-5:30 p.m. Eastern

    • Section 3 | Self-Paced | Available September 1, 2021 to September 1, 2022

    • See our FAQ for a complete list of days, times, and breaks for 2021-22

  • Study Halls:

    • Tuesday | 3:30-5:30 p.m. Eastern

    • Thursday | 6-8 p.m. Eastern

  • Live and Self-Paced:

    • Live Class: All classes will be held on Zoom. Students who attend live are asked to please keep their webcams on. Live sessions will be recorded for those who miss classes or prefer to watch later.

    • Self-Paced: Will cover the same material as the live class, but with teacher-produced video instruction.

  • For age/grade guidelines, prerequisites, and class-fit recommendations for all classes, please see our FAQ.

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

The Course Foundation

A typical week will include a variety of elements.

  • Homework sets, proof writing, and quizzes will be assigned weekly.

  • Tests will be given periodically to measure mastery of concepts.

  • A peer forum in the online classroom will offer a venue for questions.

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

  • Each week will incorporate some sort of real-life fun application.

  • Students should expect to spend 6-8 hours per week (which includes the recorded instruction and live Zoom session) on classwork. The instructor will be readily available for assistance throughout each week.

An Array of Resources

The class will use the 2018 edition of McGraw-Hill's Glencoe Geometry, which features built-in study tips, concept checks, applications to real life, practice quizzes, and hands-on activities to solidify concepts.

  • Glencoe digital resources included in the cost of tuition include an ebook, supplementary videos, and links to on-the-spot explanations.

  • Interactive applications will help students create, visualize, and investigate properties of lines, angles, circles, triangles, and other polygons, solidifying relationships between the properties of geometric figures.

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

 

Test Prep

  • SAT instruction will be interwoven into classwork.

  • The instructor will be supplementing Geometry concepts to cover topics that have not traditionally been a focus in Geometry--such as probability and statistics. These concepts are important since they are included in the most recent standardized 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!

Students will interact regularly with their classmates during the weekly live classes as well as in online forums in their Moodle classroom. The instructor will participate in class forums and will be readily available to answer questions throughout each week.

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