Free Algebra 1 Course- SAS Curriculum Pathways

CARY, NC  (Aug. 08, 2012)  –  SAS Curriculum Pathways has launched a free Algebra 1 course that provides teachers and students with all the required content to address the Common Core State Standards for Algebra. Available online, the course engages students through real-world examples, images, animations, videos and targeted feedback. Teachers can integrate individual components or use the entire course as the foundation for their Algebra 1 curriculum.

“Success in Algebra 1 opens the door to STEM opportunities in high school and beyond, and can set students on the path to some of the most lucrative careers,” said Scott McQuiggan, Director of SAS Curriculum Pathways. “This course gives teachers engaging content to support instruction, and will help them meet Common Core requirements.”

SAS developed the Algebra 1 course in collaboration with the North Carolina Virtual Public School, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the Triangle High Five Algebra Readiness Initiative, an organization that promotes the important role mathematics teachers play in preparing students for college and careers.

The course maps to publisher requirements recently established by the lead writers of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. More specifically, the course addresses the authors’ concerns for greater emphasis on mathematical reasoning, rigor and balance. In addition, the course takes a balanced approach to three elements the writers see as central to course rigor: conceptual understanding, procedural skill, and opportunities to apply key concepts. It incorporates 21st-century themes like global awareness and financial literacy while weaving assessment opportunities throughout the content.

Each lesson in the Algebra 1 course has four sections:

  • Get Ready – introduction.
  • Learn – instructional content with interactive components and guided practice.
  • Practice – additional problems to confirm the learning.
  • Review – summary, including printable materials.

While Algebra 1 is the first full course developed, SAS Curriculum Pathways provides interactive resources in every core subject for grades six through 12 in traditional, virtual and home schools at no cost to all US educators. SAS Curriculum Pathways has registered more than 70,000 teachers and 18,000 schools in the US.

SAS Curriculum Pathways aligns to  state and Common Core standards (a framework to prepare students for college and for work, and adopted by 45 states), and engages students with differentiated, quality content that targets higher-order thinking skills. It focuses on topics where doing, seeing and listening provide information and encourage insights in ways conventional methods cannot. SAS Curriculum Pathways features over 200 Interactive Tools, 200 Inquiries (guided investigations, organized around a focus question),  600 Web Lessons and 70 Audio Tutorials.

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Ideas for Streamlining Your Lesson Planning

You have chosen your curriculum and you are all ready to dig in.  Right?  Nope!  All of that great curriculum is useless if you do not have clear and concise plans for how and when you will use it.  Organizing all of the resources and materials that create a value added experience for both you and your child or children is like putting a puzzle together.  It can be frustrating when your time or space are limited.  This can be a challenge for any educator.  Often, homeschool parents have far fewer resources with which to plan.  But, never fear!  Here are a few online resources to assist you with streamlining the planning process.

PlanbookEdu.com offers free lesson plan resources as well as a premium service that allows uploads, Common Core Standards, and much more.  As far as value goes, this one was not my absolute favorite, although the interface was nice.

LearnBoost.com is one of my top three online lesson planning tools.  It not only allows you to plan your lessons in “the cloud”, it is also an online gradebook too.  Need to generate some reports or look for trends?  It has all of that too!  Best of all, it is completely free!

ClassConnect.com is all the rave among tech savvy educators.  The interface is easy to navigate and it allows you to link to your Pinterest, Sparkpeople and other accounts too.  All accounts begin with 1GB of free storage and there are a couple of ways to get ore without spending a dime.  You can share your lesson plans with others as well as get some wonderful, complete, lesson plans from other educators.  ClassConnect is my personal favorite :)

These are just a few suggestions, and new apps, websites, and other resources are popping up everyday.  Stay tuned!