Why enjoy a warm, relaxing, and recuperative summer when you could spend it cradled in the cold, unfeeling embrace of math? If you are looking for a way to ensure your child's summer is joyless and filled with passive aggressive resentment that will last long after their childhood, please consider signing them up for one of our four summer classes!
This summer we are proud to offer four possible soul-crushing classes: Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus: Trigonometry. Each class will meet twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 10 weeks starting June 7th and ending August 18th. All classes will meet online with specific times determined once a class reaches capacity.
Once a minimum of six students register, families will be asked to make a $50 deposit and consider one of potentially four different times. The class that achieves the minimum threshold first will collectively receive the first choice of class time. The second chooses second and so on. Summer classes are $400 after a paid deposit.
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Summer That One Math Guy classes are only conducted through live online streaming. Complete class videos and notes are posted nightly to allow students to instantly review difficult material or catch up due to absence.
All courses include weekly homework and quiz assignments to give students the opportunity to practice concepts. These assignments also promote a sense of accountability and allow for weekly evaluation. All assignments are graded automatically and include answer keys.
While all of this certainly sounds impressive (and it is... and we haven’t even talked about Nate yet), what truly separates our classes from others is the often lateral and certainly untraditional dynamic of the instruction. In simple terms, our courses naturally do what common core attempts to do artificially.
Coursework is completely integrated to provide greater perspective and enliven our lessons. Lessons utilize real-world analogies and applications to ground math concepts upon a more familiar foundation. To put it plainly, courses will not blindly follow common core. By the time you read this, the details of ‘common core’ will probably be different anyway. Courses use a textbook to provide a basic framework and roadmap, but will not be hamstrung by it. Textbook purchase is completely optional. To say it a little more bluntly, don’t.
Each course will offer a supplemental website featuring textbook inspired worksheets, weekly supplemental assignments, automated online homework and quizzes, an archive of full class videos, schedules, class notes, and other general information. In addition, every parent will have access to a private portal through schoology.com to monitor their child’s grades. You will never be left in the dark... unless you want to be. You will never be left to wonder about your child’s assignments, progress, and current grades. As homeschool parents, I understand the comfort of being in control of your child’s education. With the website, you will always be one (or two) clicks away.
This year we are offering four different math courses. All courses are dependent on achieving a minimum level of student interest. Each course will generally have between 6-10 students, though some may be as large as 12. Courses failing to achieve a roster count of 6 or more by May 1st will not be offered.
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Several parents have asked about my personal beliefs as it pertains to religion. I understand and appreciate the incredible opportunity I have to help your child(ren) grow and become better, more active thinkers. I also respect the awesome responsibility of raising children. I would never superimpose my own personal beliefs on your child. I have full confidence in your abilities as parents. You know, far better than I ever could, the best way to raise and support your individual child. I’m just here to teach math and science. And tell jokes. Mostly tell jokes.
While I will not impress my own beliefs, I will strongly protect your child’s ability to express their own. It is incredibly important to me that every child feels comfortable and confident during class. I want every student to feel the freedom to express themselves and their ideas. At the end of the day, however, the course is about bettering students. It is not a vehicle for me to mount a soapbox and preach my own philosophy about faith and religion.
Is your child fairly fluent in math, but not quite ready for algebra? Pre-algebra introduces algebraic concepts at a slower, more manageable pace while simultaneously ensuring mastery of essential foundational skills. Pre-algebra represents an effective bridge between middle and high school level math.
Relevant Grade Levels: 6th - 8th
Fall Schedule: Wed 9:30 - 11:00 (Ral), Thu 11:00 - 12:30 (Cary)
This course covers variable equation manipulation, graphing linear equations, high-level number sense, and word problems involving one and two step procedural problem solving. All the hits! This class generally serves as an introduction to more intense, more involved math courses. Algebra I is for high level 7th/8th graders or 9th graders.
Relevant Grade Levels: 7th - 9th
Fall Schedule: Mon 11:00 - 12:30 (Ral), Thu 9:30 - 11:00 (Cary)
This course involves solving for area, volume, segment length, and angle measurements This course reviews logic-based proof modeling using various algebraic and geometric theorems. Geometry introduces trigonometric concepts and promotes mastery of polygon structures and relationships. This course is designed for high level 9th graders or 10/11th graders.
Relevant Grade Levels: 9th - 11th
Fall Schedule: Tue 9:30 - 11:00 (Cary), Wed 11:00 - 12:30 (Raleigh)
Algebra 2 advances skills and techniques originally explored in Algebra I as well as focusing on modeling and more intense, higher degree equations and inequalities. This course involves evaluating quadratics for vertex, roots, asymptotes, and lines of symmetry. Algebra 2 is intended for high level 10th graders or 11/12th graders, generally as a precursor to Pre-Calculus.
Relevant Grade Levels: 10th - 12th
Fall Schedule: Tue 1:30 - 3:00 (Cary), Wed 1:30 - 3:00 (Ral)
Pre-Calculus: Trigonometry (Semester Course)
Pre-Calculus College Algebra & Trigonometry is designed to prepare students for calculus and review exponential functions, trigonometric relationships, vector geometry, and conic sections. This semester long course aligns with MAT172 in the community college system. Classes meet two times a week: one time in the Raleigh location and one time in the Cary location. This course runs from January 26th to May 22nd. Pre-Calculus: Trigonometry is intended for high level 11th graders or college-ready 12th graders.
Relevant Grade Levels: 11th - 12th
Fall Schedule: Semester Mon 1:30 - 3:00 (Ral) and Thu 1:30 - 3:00 (Cary). Full Year Mon 9:30 - 11:00 (Ral)
Nate is a pretty amazing guy. He has taught math for over fifteen years, assisting in the development of various educational websites and charter school programs. Nate also specializes in teaching at-risk students with learning and behavioral disabilities, including (but not limited to) autism and ADD/ADHD.
Nate graduated summa cum laude from North Carolina State University with a degree in Biology and a perfect grade point average. Yeah, perfect. Winner of the 2012 Thank-A-Teacher program at NC State, he is also a distinguished member of Phi Beta Kappa. When he is not teaching math, Nate teaches an alternative biochemistry lecture series used by thousands of college undergraduate and graduate students throughout the country.
Renown for his wit and unique teaching style, Nate has been helping families within the triangle area for 9 years. He is also a writer, performer, and runs like a gazelle. A fast gazelle. Not one that can be chased down by lions. He runs like a gazelle that runs faster than lions. See... told you he was amazing. And he probably isn’t even the one writing this biography. Because that would be awkward. Awkward and entirely untrue (he’s so writing this).