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7th-8th Grade Algebra I Course


2017-18 Algebra I course for WELS 7-8th Grade Students
 
Program Details:
Course Description: Algebra I is a two-semester course for students who have demonstrated mastery of skills found in practical math and pre-algebra.  It is designed to further develop basic algebraic problem solving skills and mathematical reasoning in the student.  This course provides a basis in the study of exponents, linear equations and functions (including graphing), quadratics, polynomials, as well as other skills necessary for success in geometry and advanced algebra.

Course Level: The ALHS Online (ALHSO) Algebra I course will cover the same content in the same amount of time as typically done in a traditional high school Algebra I course.

Student math qualifications: Only academically capable students, ready for high school Algebra, should be allowed to enroll in the course. It is up to each participating school to carefully pre-screen its students before allowing them to enroll in Algebra I.

Student online learning qualifications: Online learning requires a greater degree of student self-motivation and diligence to keep up with class assignments compared to a traditional classroom. It is up to each school to carefully pre-screen its students before allowing them to enroll in online courses.

Course enrollment: Any qualified WELS 7-8th grade student is welcome to enroll in the course, as long as there are student seats still available. Seats will be filled on a first-registered, first-enrolled policy. The course will have a minimum enrollment of 8 students and a maximum of 12 students per section. It will be up to the course instructor if he/she is willing to have more than one section.

Tuition Rates: Tuition for 7-8th grade students is $125 per student per semester for 2017-18. This is 50% of the cost that high school students pay for courses through ALHSO. (The tuition cost remains at $250 per semester for all other students.)

Course registration: Go to the ALHSO http://www.alhso.org website, select the Resources tab, and Registration Forms link, and then download the 2017-18 Online Registration Form instructions. Follow the instructions provided on the document. (Note: The registration fee is $20, but the tuition cost will be $125 instead of $250, for WELS 7-8th grade students.)

Method of Instruction: The courses will be taught in an asynchronous online format, which means students and the instructor do not need to be logged into the course site at the same time. Moodle will be used as the Learning Management System (LMS) to facilitate the course. Moodle is accessed through a website and does not require any installation on the user side. Students will receive a unique username and password to access the course site.

Students are expected to log in each day, Monday-Friday, but at a time that is convenient to them. Schools build time into the regular school day, just like a regular course, where all Algebra students from a particular school would be working on the course at the same time. Some students might need to spend additional time at home to keep up with the rest of the class.

Time Commitment: The amount of time needed to be successful in the course can vary widely from one student to the next. A general expectation is 45 minutes per day, 5 days per week. Some days may take more or less time based on the assigned tasks.

Textbook: Algebra I,   Pearson/Prentice Hall © 2011.  Authors: Randall I. Charles, Dan Kennedy, and Basia Hall   ISBN: 0133185486
Purchasing student textbooks is the responsibility of the school or parent.  Additional course materials and resources will be made available to students via the Moodle course website at no additional cost.

Technology:
Each student needs a computer with reliable high-speed internet access. Since the course utilizes audio/video files, a microphone and headphones are needed.
  • Computer: with high-speed internet access
  • Scanner or camera for uploading images of daily practice (or digital writing device if student wants to do daily practice digitally)
  • Headphones/microphone
  • Scientific calculator (for some tasks) example: TI-30

Course proctor: Each participating school is expected to assign a course proctor for the student(s) at the school taking the course. The regular classroom teacher may serve as the proctor. The course proctor will:
  1. Serve as the main contact person between the course instructor and the school. Typical communication might include items such as days off from school, absent students, missing assignments, student progress, etc.
  2. Arrange for local support, guidance, and technical assistance for students, as needed.
  3. Arrange for proctoring of tests, if needed. (The course instructor will provide specific instructions to the proctor concerning tests and the proctor's role in test administration.)
  4. Serve as a contact between the school and the student's parents/guardians if needed for such issues as consistently late or missing work, plagiarism, et cetera, although teachers are encouraged to contact parents directly.
High School credit: It is up to each high school to determine if a student taking an Algebra I course in 7th or 8th grade will also receive high school credit. Some high schools have a placement test that students need to take to determine student's knowledge. Check with your local high school for information on their policy.
 
Questions? Contact:
Dr. Jim Grunwald
ALHSO Superintendent
grunwajr@mlc-wels.edu (preferred contact method)
MLC Office: 507-354-8224 ext.349
Cell: 507-217-1574
 

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