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Summer Slide: Fermi Problems and Equations Pre-Algebra Review and Algebra Prep

Malikai Bass M.A
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(259)
In this fun math camp, students will explore Fermi problems to practice skills from pre-algebra including scientific notation and unit conversions, then they will work with equations to practice problem solving in real-world contexts.

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 8
Solve real-life and mathematical problems involving angle measure, area, surface area, and volume.
Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving the four operations with rational numbers.Computations with rational numbers extend the rules for manipulating fractions to complex fractions. 
Analyze proportional relationships and use them to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
Use proportional relationships to solve multistep ratio and percent problems. Examples: simple interest, tax, markups and markdowns, gratuities and commissions, fees, percent increase and decrease, percent error.
Apply properties of operations as strategies to add, subtract, factor, and expand linear expressions with rational coefficients.
Solve word problems leading to equations with  specific rational numbers. Solve equations of these forms fluently. Compare an algebraic solution to an arithmetic solution, identifying the sequence of the operations used in each approach.

Professional Experience:
I have been a math tutor for over 12 years and have worked with students from ages 5-25 in small group and academic settings including serving as a primary teacher for home educated learners. I have received training and tutoring certification/awards from nationally recognized organizations. I was a group supplemental instruction leader for math at the collegiate level for four years at ETSU including working with dual enrolled and accelerated learners. I have taught and tutored math up to a graduate level in algebra, geometry, probability, and quantitative reasoning. 
Academic Experience: 
Constructivism and Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education
	This graduate level online course for educators used practical examples and empirical research to connect the educational philosophy of constructivism to best practices in STEM education and demonstrated online teaching strategies for this endeavor. It highlighted the power of solving problems through building and applying understandings rather than rote processes which influences the problem-centered curriculum This class also addressed common misconceptions or alternative schemas students develop for math and science prior to instruction and provided ideas for experiments and explorations to adjust these conceptions. 
Math 1410 Numbers, Concepts, and Algebra for Math Teachers
      This in-person semester long coursed prepared students to teach common core mathematics to students in grades kindergarten through eight including early access to algebra. It included practical teaching experience, ensuring the personal math conceptual fluency of each educator, and demonstrating expertise on the Praxis math exam for educators. 
Math 1420: Logic, Problems, and Geometry for Math Teachers
      This in-person semester long course prepared teacher candidates to teach common core mathematics to students in grades kindergarten through eighth including advanced ideas of logic, problem solving, and geometry using a constructivist lens. 

Learners will need either a pencil and scratch paper, a marker and whiteboard, or similar digital application in order to work out problems. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
Students will need to use Nearpod. They will need to click a link and enter their first name or initial. No other identifying information will be collected. 
The scope and sequence of this course is based on the open source Illustrative Mathematics curriculum and has been adapted for 2e, neurodiverse, and home-based learners. Illustrated Mathematics is licensed under a creative commons attribution license:
Pedagological Resources:
Gravemeijer, K. (2020). A socio-constructivist elaboration of realistic mathematics education. In National reflections on the Netherlands didactics of mathematics (pp. 217-233). Springer, Cham.
Vintere, A. (2018). A constructivist approach to the teaching of mathematics to boost competences needed for sustainable development. Rural Sustainability Research, 39(334), 1-7.
Briscoe, L., & Van Kesteren, J. (2018). THE ART OF MATH. Gazette-Ontario Association for Mathematics, 57(2), 21-24.

Meet the teacher

Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(259)
Hello, I have thirteen years of experience in education. As an eclectic academic learner, I had lots of opportunities to benefit others with my unique understanding and gifted perspective as a twice exceptional learner. I hold a master’s degree in... 
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for 3 classes
3x per week, 1 week
50 min

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Ages 11-14
3-6 learners per class

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