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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.
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|Section 1: A Brief Introduction to the Course and the Instructor|
Welcome to the class! Let me explain a bit about my goals for the course as well as what you can expect to learn.
Please allow me to introduce myself - and explain why I'm sitting in my closet. :)
|Section 2: Thoughts on Teaching|
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.
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.
In this lecture, I'll discuss some tips for discovering your student's/child's preference based on my Informal Theory of Education.
|Lecture 6||4 pages|
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.
|Section 3: A Final Pep Talk|
"Whether you think you can or think you can't - you're right." -- Henry Ford
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.
I have been homeschooling my children for the past 4 years. My goal is to give parents - homeschool moms, in particular - the tools, confidence, and motivation for conquering math themselves and teaching it to their children.
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: Nathan is 9, and Megan is 6. 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 16 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.