The course is a rigorous three-week blended learning program designed to both review skills and content, and to push students forward conceptually to prepare for Grade 7 mathematics. This guided program focuses on a weekly topic with skill review, practice and assessments as benchmarks for mastery of skill. Students will be presented material in a variety of ways and will be able to sharpen both their analytical and problem solving skills. Designed to spotlight and strengthen the areas where students have the most trouble in Grade 7, topics covered will include: linear equations, positive and negative integer operations, and exponent rules. While this course is designed to be completed in its entirety online, in person sessions will be given each Monday of the course from 3:30pm to 4:30pm on campus. These sessions will be available live online through Google Hangouts and will be saved for later viewing if students aren’t available during that time.
Peter Smith is the Director of Online Education and Blended Learning at Worcester Academy. He also teaches Pre-Algebra. He has 12 years of experience working in independent schools. He has his B.S. in Computer Science from Allegheny College and an M.A. in Computing in Education from The Teacher’s College at Columbia University. He earned his STEM Leadership Certificate through NASA and Columbia University. He has presented at ISTE, the Lausanne Laptop Institute, NEALS, AISNE, and at other independent schools and online webinars.