Monthly Archives: August 2015

Register for Algebra 1 :)

My fall SAT prep class and French 1 started today (and we’re off to a great start) but Algebra starts next week.  If you’re still trying to figure out math for this coming school year I’d love to have you student in my class. You can read all about the class here. Or contact me for more specific information.


New Beginnings

August afternoons at my house are spent planning and organizing for the upcoming school year. Today I started filling in my new planner…created by my mom, Debra Bell and published by Apologia.

new plannerI’ve got new plans, new goals, and a beautiful new cover all in time for the 2015-2016 school year. I think this is my favorite design so far. There’s something about a new planner that makes you think you can accomplish anything 🙂


The Top 3 Reasons You Should Take an Online Math Class

Registration for Aim Academy’s 2015-2016 classes opens on March 2nd.  Below I have listed the top three reasons you might want to consider an online math class for next year.

  1. The accountability. This is by far the number one reason students sign up for my classes.  You know that if you’re in a class with deadlines, live sessions, and a teacher checking in regularly you won’t be able to just put it off.  The easiest way to change oh yeah, I need to study for the SATs at some point into 30 hours of solid preparation is to sign up for a class.
  2. The fun. Yes, I did say “fun.” J  When I wrap up my first week of live class a lot of my students message me privately in surprise, they really enjoyed it and were not expecting that.  Who knew you could actually look forward to math class?  When we solve a problem in a new way or use math to explain a card trick I get a bunch of fun reactions (“I’m going to show that problem to my little sister!”).   I’m not offended by the tone of surprise.  If math means getting a textbook out on your own morning after morning and doing problems 1-23 odds that is just boring.  I’m a math nerd and I think that is boring!  With a class you get to have all the fun interaction between students and there is a greater opportunity for activities, lively discussions, and even the occasional math joke (see below).  Even without these added bonuses it is more fun to learn math with students from Hawaii, Alaska, and the Czech Republic.
  3. The reinforcement. One solid math course can really help a struggling student get back on track.  Most students don’t know where they went wrong they just know that suddenly they “don’t understand anything.”  But that is rarely the case. Normally there are just a few skills they never mastered.  With a teacher there to find these gaps and address them they can quickly catch up.

I’d encourage you to sign up for one of my classes.  If not for these three reasons listed above than for the math jokes J

math jokes

Spaghetti Summer

Engineering Innovation is a summer camp at Johns Hopkins University where students can earn engineering credits for completing the activities with at least a B average. There is a great story on NPR about their bridge competition.

Seems like you could copy the activity for a co-op. For students who might be interested in attending next summer there is information here on applying and also an introductory video.