Teach Math Without Tears - Yours or Theirs
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Teach Math Without Tears - Yours or Theirs

Learn how to teach math in alignment with how your child actually learns.
5.0 (1 rating)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
363 students enrolled
Created by Laura Baggett
Last updated 7/2015
English
Price: $20
30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
Includes:
  • 28 mins on-demand video
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Identify their student's learning style.
  • Understand and apply their student's natural learning direction.
  • Appreciate the importance of a teacher's attitude in influencing student success.
  • (For homeschool moms) - Have the tools, motivation, and confidence for teaching math to their children.
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Requirements
  • A willingness to change negative attitudes about math.
  • A desire to teach more effectively.
Description

Homeschool parents are often overwhelmed at the thought of being responsible for academically preparing their children for adulthood (especially if their children are wanting to attend college). One area of particular concern is upper-level math. While teaching the basics in elementary school may come easily, the thought of teaching algebra and beyond is enough to cause some homeschool parents to at least consider giving up homeschooling altogether.

I want to be part of the solution to this problem.

As a college math instructor for 14 years, I've seen the attitudes and levels of preparedness with which students enter the classroom. I have experienced first-hand the negative effects of teachers who lacked both the confidence and the motivation for teaching math effectively. Those bad attitudes were contagious, and they spread quickly and widely.

I believe that a better understanding of the way students learn is critical for teachers at any level who want to teach in a way that their students will understand. I do not have a degree in education, so this course does not use a lot of educational jargon. It is based on my own experiences in the classroom as well as in teaching my own children at home.

The course is short and to-the-point. It is not intended as a full coverage of the field of math education. My goal is to give teachers (and homeschool moms, in particular) information that can be easily applied and have a clear and positive impact on the way they approach teaching math.

Like all Udemy courses, this one comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you enroll in the course and don't find it to be at all useful, Udemy will refund your money without hesitation. You have nothing to lose but confidence to gain.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for teachers (homeschool moms, in particular, but not exclusively) who lack confidence in their ability to teach math.
  • This course is not designed to teach the fundamentals of math itself but of math instruction in general.
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Curriculum For This Course
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A Brief Introduction to the Course and the Instructor
2 Lectures 04:08

Welcome to the class! Let me explain a bit about my goals for the course as well as what you can expect to learn.

Preview 02:16

Please allow me to introduce myself - and explain why I'm sitting in my closet. :)

Preview 01:52
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Thoughts on Teaching
4 Lectures 15:54

While learning is possible through a number of different avenues, most people understand best through one of 3 channels - visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. Let's explore those 3 and see how they might appear in a math class or homeschool setting.

Preview 06:25

After years of teaching thousands of different students as well as my own two children, I've developed a theory about the best format for math instruction that is individualized and effective.

Laura's Informal Theory of Education
04:46

In this lecture, I'll discuss some tips for discovering your student's/child's preference based on my Informal Theory of Education.

How to Determine Your Students' Learning Preferences
04:43

My opinion of how math should be taught is a bit different from today's mainstream educational methods. I'm more "old school" and think there is great value in the way math has been taught for many generations.

Math is best understood in the rearview mirror.
4 pages
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A Final Pep Talk
1 Lecture 08:17

"Whether you think you can or think you can't - you're right." -- Henry Ford

The Power of Attitude
08:17
About the Instructor
Laura Baggett
4.5 Average rating
25 Reviews
830 Students
5 Courses
Math Professor and Homeschool Mom

Hi everyone! (Or Hey Y'all for any fellow Southerners!) My name is Laura Baggett. I am a math professor and a homeschool mom. I have a BS in Math from Auburn University (War Eagle!) and an MS in Applied Math from Georgia Tech. Including two years as a graduate teaching assistant at Georgia Tech, I have almost 14 years of experience teaching math at the college level, including 4 years as a full-time instructor. I have taught courses ranging from College Arithmetic to Differential Equations. I've been teaching online for Kaplan University since April 2010 and here on Udemy since 2014.

I grew up in Hartselle, Alabama, a small town roughly halfway between Birmingham and Huntsville. I have been married to my husband, David, for 16 years, and we have two children: our son is 10, and our daughter is 8. My "main" job is being a stay-at-home, homeschool Mom, and I love that teaching online allows me to be at home with them. When I'm not cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, teaching my children or going to church, I ... well, that's pretty much all I do! But I also enjoy playing the piano, reading (especially Jane Austen), writing, and speaking. I'm also a huge SEC football fan, and I love 80's music. :)

I have traveled to 49 states (still lack Alaska!) and 11 different countries. We have moved 13 times over the past 18 years!  Most recently, we moved from Arkansas to Northwest Georgia. My husband is a prosthetist/orthotist, which means he makes artificial limbs and braces, and most of the moves have been for his education and job. Thank goodness teaching online is "portable!"

Well, that's probably more than you ever wanted to know about me. :) I am really looking forward to getting to know each of you during the course.