Author Archives: Nic

Math For You: Pre-Algebra (Nic)

Each of my math offerings this year will have a similar structure (see below); only the content will differ.

This section is aimed at folks whose next step on the math ladder is mastering the use of operations with fractions and decimals, rates and proportions, and beginning to practice with negative numbers, simple expressions and equations. This content is typically taught around 7th grade in a standard US math sequence.

All sections of math will consist of mostly asynchronous, self-paced work. As the facilitator, I will curate curriculum to meet students where they’re at, and convene small group meetings to help folks who are stuck on a topic or problem. Collaboration with other students (at a similar level) will be encouraged.

Each section will have two scheduled meetings per week; students will be required to set aside an additional two slots per week to work on the material. Scheduled meetings will include weekly whole-group synchronous sessions dedicated to developing mathematical thinking, as well as small-group and even one-on-one coaching.

Students will work online problem sets, pursue some longer-form math “projects,” and even occasionally record video of themselves teaching what they’ve been learning!

If you have questions about which section you should be in, please Slack or email Nic ASAP.

Constitutional Law (Nic)

Note: This class is open to high school students only.

Is it against the law to pray in a public school? Can Congress regulate the Internet? Are police allowed to stop you on the street and ask you to empty your pockets? Can a college consider your ethnicity when deciding whether or not to admit you? Is Trump really allowed to do that thing he just did? These are all questions of constitutional law.

This year, I will be teaching a year-long class in basic constitutional law. We will focus on landmark cases that have defined the modern legal understanding of civil liberties and government power in America. Students in the course will argue cases, read actual Supreme Court decisions, and sharpen their critical reasoning skills. We will also follow cases that are being argued in the current Court, and learn more about the justices and the politics behind decisions.

I love this stuff.

Fall term will focus largely on the First Amendment to the US Constitution: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Math For You: Algebra 2 (Nic)

love math, and I believe that learning to think like a mathematician can bring joy and power to a person’s life.

Each of my math offerings this year will have a similar structure (see below); only the content will differ.

This section is aimed at folks whose next step on the math ladder is mastering polynomials, exponential functions and logarithms, and beginning to practice with complex numbers, rational functions, function transformations, and trigonometry. This content is typically taught around 10th-11th grade in a standard US math sequence.

All sections of math will consist of mostly asynchronous, self-paced work. As the facilitator, I will curate curriculum to meet students where they’re at, and convene small group meetings to help folks who are stuck on a topic or problem. Collaboration with other students (at a similar level) will be encouraged.

Each section will have two scheduled meetings per week; students will be required to set aside an additional two slots per week to work on the material. Scheduled meetings will include weekly whole-group synchronous sessions dedicated to developing mathematical thinking, as well as small-group and even one-on-one coaching.

Students will work online problem sets, pursue some longer-form math “projects,” and even occasionally record video of themselves teaching what they’ve been learning!

If you have questions about which section you should be in, please Slack or email Nic ASAP.

Election 2020 (Nic)

On the ballot this November (it’s a big one), Washington state voters will be asked to decide on:

  • President of the United States
  • Governor
  • All 10 members of the US House of Representatives from the state
  • Whether public schools should be required to teach comprehensive sex ed
  • Half of the seats in the State Senate
  • All of the seats in the State House
  • Eight other statewide executive offices
  • and much much more

In this course we will both study the background issues in many of these races and follow the news as election day nears.

Student work will include research, creating presentations, and general current-events-newsfollowing. In addition, each student in the class will be encouraged to choose an active campaign and do a small amount of volunteer work with the campaign prior to election day.

No prior knowledge/experience necessary.

Math For You: Algebra 1 (Nic)

love math, and I believe that learning to think like a mathematician can bring joy and power to a person’s life.

Each of my math offerings this year will have a similar structure (see below); only the content will differ.

This section is aimed at folks whose next step on the math ladder is mastering graphing and solving linear equations and inequalities, systems of equations, and factoring polynomials, and beginning to practice with functions, exponentials, and quadratics. This content is typically taught around 8th-9th grade in a standard US math sequence.

All sections of math will consist of mostly asynchronous, self-paced work. As the facilitator, I will curate curriculum to meet students where they’re at, and convene small group meetings to help folks who are stuck on a topic or problem. Collaboration with other students (at a similar level) will be encouraged.

Each section will have two scheduled meetings per week; students will be required to set aside an additional two slots per week to work on the material. Scheduled meetings will include weekly whole-group synchronous sessions dedicated to developing mathematical thinking, as well as small-group and even one-on-one coaching.

Students will work online problem sets, pursue some longer-form math “projects,” and even occasionally record video of themselves teaching what they’ve been learning!

If you have questions about which section you should be in, please Slack or email Nic ASAP.

Math For You: . . . And Beyond! (Nic)

love math, and I believe that learning to think like a mathematician can bring joy and power to a person’s life.

Each of my math offerings this year will have a similar structure (see below); only the content will differ.

This section is aimed at folks who have mastered Algebra 2-level skills, and are ready to explore more trigonometry, precalc, statistics, or calculus.

All sections of math will consist of mostly asynchronous, self-paced work. As the facilitator, I will curate curriculum to meet students where they’re at, and convene small group meetings to help folks who are stuck on a topic or problem. Collaboration with other students (at a similar level) will be encouraged.

Each section will have two scheduled meetings per week; students will be required to set aside an additional two slots per week to work on the material. Scheduled meetings will include weekly whole-group synchronous sessions dedicated to developing mathematical thinking, as well as small-group and even one-on-one coaching.

Students will work online problem sets, pursue some longer-form math “projects,” and even occasionally record video of themselves teaching what they’ve been learning!

If you have questions about which section you should be in, please Slack or email Nic ASAP.