This Algebra 1 class is a Derek Owens course taught by Tom Robinson.
This course will cover the topics normally covered in a first year high school algebra course. This course is normally taken by students in grade eight or nine. Students should have completed a course in Prealgebra or its equivalent before enrolling in Algebra 1.
The cost of the course is $78 per month for nine months. Online course materials and videos of all class lectures will be provided online at no additional cost.
Lecture and Class Time
Class time will primarily be spent on instruction. Students should bring their Student Workbook to each class. During the lecture the students take notes and solve the example problems in the workbook.
Videos of the lectures are also available online, and these videos go through the same lecture notes, point by point. Students use the videos to cover any material that time constraints did not permit us to cover in our weekly class. Or, if a student misses a class or needs to review the material, all of the course content is available online.
All of the course content is available online and in the Student Workbook. Detailed instructions on ordering the Student Workbook from lulu.com will be provided.
Homework, Tests and Grades
Students will be given specific assignments to complete each week. To maximize instructional time in class, tests will be given at home. One final exam for each semester will be taken in class at the end of each semester. Students will receive a numerical grade for each semester and for the year. The grade is calculated based on tests, graded homework and the final exams.
This class is offered simultaneously on two difficulty levels, regular and honors. The lectures are the same for both. The honors students will have additional homework problems that are more difficult, and on each test will have an extra page with more challenging questions. Note that the honors class is not an AP class. It is simply a more challenging version of the same course. The goal is for the classes to closely correspond to “Regular Algebra 1" and “Honors Algebra 1" classes at a leading private school. Students may decide whether they will take the standard or honors version of the course after a few weeks into the fall semester.
Access to a computer with a high speed internet connection is strongly recommended. Instructional materials such as lecture videos, lecture notes, homework assignments and tests will be available on the Derek Owens website. Graded assignments and tests may also be returned via email in order to provide more timely feedback. Progress reports will be updated and emailed to the parents regularly.