Category Archives: Math

Studio with Scobie (Scobie)

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If you are interested in designing, making, drawing, craft, sculpture, technology, working with your hands, eyes, and mind as an inventor, creator, artist, and engineer; if you want to make beautiful things, and learn what makes things beautiful…  Studio is the place for you.

I’ll be teaching three different terms of this class, and you can take just one term, or all three of them!

Designing, sculpting, drawing, and making things takes time, but if you’re like me, it’s time that is totally absorbing. If you have a really heavy schedule, you can minimize the work for this class….

However….I’ve listed this class as having significant outside work and there’s a special reason for that:

I’m really hoping to give you new things to do outside of class that feel GREAT to work on, that are really absorbing, that you’ll  want to spend time on. With all the time we spend at home these days, how about some new, challenging, and fun projects that are wonderfully distracting, meditative, and absorbing?

I don’t know what all the projects will be, but I CAN tell you about our first project, one I’m super excited about….

Our first project starts off as an electronics and maker project that will let you assemble, test, and calibrate your own miniature potter’s wheel. The you’ll turn some small corner of your room or your house or your porch into a tiny little pottery studio and make some beautiful objects. I’ll be picking up your work from the school when it’s dry and getting it fired into permanent pottery. Making pottery on a wheel is totally mesmerizing. For some of you, it can just be an exploration, or a chance to make some gifts. For others, it might become a lifetime passion!

 

 

Required texts/materials: The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

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.

Geometry, The Year Long Class (Scobie)

I’m stoked to make the year long Geometry class a really cool distance experience this year. This is a full year of high school math linking your current algebra skills to a whole new world of visual and measurement math, with lots of drawing, proofs, projects, and puzzles. What’s more, I’m committed in the spring term to delivering you into some awesome access to trigonometry, with calculation and visualization skills that many high schoolers never get. If you know you’re headed to pre-calculus and calculus, these skills are precious. If you’re not, they’ll still make you feel like you have special math powers!

Required texts/materials: The instructor will procure the texts/materials.

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.

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.