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MichaelMath (Michael J. Coffey)

Want a little more support in learning math?  Maybe that means extra time to work on your homework or doing practice problems with someone nearby who can answer your questions.  Maybe you need a short one-on-one meeting to work through something tricky.  Or maybe you’ve heard of Michael’s new math system called Numerimurgy, based on the idea of earning “levels” like a roleplaying game and want to check it out.  That’s the main purpose for this class:  math time with Michael.

However, for anyone waiting for their time to meet with Michael, or who already finished their math work, each session will start with an introduction to a different math-based game.  Michael will tell you how to play at the start of the class, and by the end we’ll also take a few minutes to peek at the math ideas embedded in that game.  Those who want to dive into the game can do so, while Michael meets with those who want his time, and those who want to work on math by themselves can do that, too.

Integrated Algebra 2 (Michael J. Coffey)

A continuation of fall term’s Integrated Algebra 2, continuing to use the Numerimurgy system so that everyone can be working at the right level of challenge.  (Experienced students at or above level 19 of Numerimurgy should consider taking this course rather than IA1, but either can work if there are scheduling conflicts.)

This class will cover all four of areas of skills and concepts of pre-college mathematics with an emphasis on algebra, but also drawing from number systems, measurement, and geometric thinking.  The course has a lot of ideas about relationships between numbers, and learning the special language of math.  That includes things like:

  • learning how to convert real-world problems and situations into mathematical descriptions of what’s going on, like using an equation to describe the relationship between two things that influence each other such as price of a product and how many get sold
  • looking at different ways of representing and manipulating numbers, even when you don’t know specifically what number you’re working with (variables, exponents, roots)
  • new functions and equations–and what can be done with them
  • graphing and estimation skills
  • some techniques for analyzing and comparing different data sets
  • practice thinking in specific ways in order to solve problems (rather than guessing or experimenting)

We will discuss in class what your math goals are.  However, keep in mind that most high school math classes meet 5 days a week and we will only meet for 2 days each week.  If your academic goals are to learn the equivalent of a public high school’s amount of math, you will have to do a significant amount of work on your own.

Will happen in one of the two Monday/Tuesday morning slots.

Integrated Algebra 1 (Michael J. Coffey)

A continuation of fall term’s Integrated Algebra 1, continuing to use the Numerimurgy system so that everyone can be working at the right level of challenge.  (Newcomers or students below level 19 of Numerimurgy should consider taking this course rather than IA2, but either can work if there are scheduling conflicts.)

This class will cover all four of areas of skills and concepts of pre-college mathematics with an emphasis on algebra, but also drawing from number systems, measurement, and geometric thinking.  The course has a lot of ideas about relationships between numbers, and learning the special language of math.  That includes things like:

  • learning how to convert real-world problems and situations into mathematical descriptions of what’s going on, like using an equation to describe the relationship between two things that influence each other such as price of a product and how many get sold
  • looking at different ways of representing and manipulating numbers, even when you don’t know specifically what number you’re working with (variables, exponents, roots)
  • new functions and equations–and what can be done with them
  • graphing and estimation skills
  • some techniques for analyzing and comparing different data sets
  • practice thinking in specific ways in order to solve problems (rather than guessing or experimenting)

We will discuss in class what your math goals are.  However, keep in mind that most high school math classes meet 5 days a week and we will only meet for 2 days each week.  If your academic goals are to learn the equivalent of a public high school’s amount of math, you will have to do a significant amount of work on your own.

Will happen in one of the two Monday/Tuesday morning slots.

Natural Latin (Michael J. Coffey)

Avete, discipuli!  Nomen mihi est Michael!  Magister matematicus sum.

This is a continuation of fall term’s offering.  We will be jumping into Hans Orberg’s Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata at chapter 9.  Students who have had Latin before or want to try and catch up over winter break are welcome to do so; however, familiarity with the vocabulary and grammar (and story!) of the first 8 chapters will be assumed from day one.

Using a book based on a newer approach to language learning, we’ll learn Latin “naturally.” In other words, by reading, listening, and speaking it rather than primarily worrying about all the technicalities of precise translation.  It’ll almost be like we just got magically transported* to ancient Rome and are learning from what’s going on around us. Each sentence or two of the book adds something new that we can figure out through context, illustrations, or hints in the margins. Before you know it, you’ll know the family of Julius and Aemilia, their parenting challenges (ugh, Marcus!), what their home is like, and which of their servants they can trust…and which ones they can’t! All without a single word of English.

To truly cement the language in your memory, however, you will need to practice outside of class on a regular basis, using various tools we’ll talk about as the class progresses, such as taking notes on vocabulary and grammar in Obsidian.

If you would like, you can buy your own copy of Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata, Pars I: Familia Romana by Hans Orberg. This is entirely optional, however.

magus = magician; trans + portat = he carries it across to the other side