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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Learning to Embrace Teachable Moments

Many new homeschoolers are often driven to stick to rigid school hours. Admittedly, when our family began, that was exactly what we believed. It took some time, observation, and the sound advice of some seasoned homeschoolers that helped us see the light. I had to ask myself why I was so resistant to changing in the first place. The answer was clear. Institutionalized thinking.

Institutionalized thinking is the idea that something cannot be done because it has never done before within a given set of parameters (i.e. classroom, industry,etc.). Most of us that are products of the public school system, universities, corporate America, etc. are victims. The side effects can linger long after we have been exposed and indoctrinated. Here are just a few of the symptoms:

  • Following rules, black and white thinking (not flexible, unable to perceive the value in gray areas).
  • Making assumptions – about others, about the world, about ideas, about the expectations you feel weighing on you, about your own abilities.
  • Over-reliance onlogic, along with assuming you have an accurate grasp of what is logical.

I realized that just because” it” had always been that way, didn’t mean that “it” had to continue to be that way. I began my quest to be more flexible by alternating our school hours. I introduced more field trips and unique ways to approach lessons. I began to embrace every teachable moment that I could.

So what is a teachable moment? A teachable moment is that moment when a unique, high interest situation arises that lends itself to discussion of a particular topic. For example, you are teaching a lesson about the seven continents and your child expresses a particular interest in the Panama Canal. You can embrace this teachable moment and delve deeper into the area of interest. You begin to talk about imports and exports and so on. Is it a tangent? Sort of, but your child is more likely to retain what he/she learns because of their interest in the subject.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

~Steve Jobs, 2005

Teachable moments can occur at any moment, any place, anytime, so embrace them! They help restore the zeal for teaching your child and affirm you as a capable educator.

Happy homeschooling!

–LaToia Brown