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

Blue Tent Algebra 1

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

  • Live Class: Students will meet live twice a week with their instructor and classmates for 75 minutes in each class. These interactive problem-solving sessions will include examples offered by the instructor, small-group collaboration, and plenty of time to ask questions.

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

  • Live & Self-Paced--Two Optional Live Study Halls: In addition to the two live classes, the instructor will offer two optional live study halls each week. Students can utilize these study halls 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:

    • Honors Algebra 1 | Traditional full-year live class

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

    • Interested in a NON-honors Algebra 1 class? Look HERE.

  • Tuition:

  • Instructor: Lindsey Thompson

  • Dates: August 17, 2023 to May 12, 2024.  See our FAQ for a complete list of days, times, and breaks.

  • Weekly Live Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:15-4:15 p.m. Eastern 

  • Optional Live Study Halls:

    • Wednesday 1-3 p.m. Eastern

    • Friday 1-3 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.

  • Class size: 10-15

  • 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..

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

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

Foundational Elements

A typical week will open on Monday morning and close the following Sunday. The course is structured with multiple short lessons each week that include teacher-recorded video instruction, guided notes, and practice problems. Following this class pacing encourages daily, incremental learning and practice that helps students plan, manage their time, and come prepared to participate in the live weekly class. 

Each week will begin with an instructional note about concepts to come and a list of assignments.

  • 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 on quizzes and tests, encouraging work toward mastery.

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

  • The class will encourage critical thinking and will apply math concepts to the real world.

  • Students should expect to spend 6-8 hours per week on classwork (which includes the instructional videos and live class sessions).

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 clear, uncluttered instruction as well as real-world examples and explanations.

  • Digital resources include an ebook, supplementary videos, and links to on-the-spot explanations.

  • Interactive applications such as GeoGebra will help students visualize concepts.

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

  • A hard-copy of the textbook can be borrowed through the Blue Tent OnLoan program if students wish to utilize both the online and print version of the text.

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.

Through live weekly meetings, targeted teacher-produced recordings, interactive resources, and instructor accessibility in multiple weekly study halls, this course is designed to help students successfully learn and enjoy Algebra!

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