Mathematics 2017-18

Elementary Arithmetic

Taught by

Marcella Houston

Tuesday

9:00 – 10:00

The secret to understanding advanced mathematics is to simply “master” the foundations of elementary mathematics.  EiE is excited to bring back Mrs. Marcella Houston to our Math Department where she taught for many years.  Your elementary age children will have fun while learning the basic four functions and beyond with mastery at the forefront.  This class will provide the necessary information and homework to insure that your child will have a working knowledge of the basics of elementary math thus preparing them for Pre-Algebra and beyond.

COST:  $200.00 per semester.

CONTACT: Marcella at (626) 824-8564 or email at momcella@gmail.com

MATH CLASSES

TAUGHT BY DOROTHY McCANDLISS

MEET THE TEACHER INTRODUCTORY SHORT VIDEOS

General Class Proceedures
Overview of all the classes

Bio

Dorothy McCandliss, teaching for 25 years, is a CA credentialed math teacher and holds a total of 5 CA credentials.  For 14 years she has focused on teaching Pre-Algebra to Pre-Calculus, twice a week in a 15-student classroom with great success. Many students come frustrated with math and leave loving it. She’s authored her own algebra textbook and many instructional units.  Her schedule is full with tutoring students, 1st grade to Pre-Calculus level, around her classes. She coaches parents to teach math and presents math workshops at conferences.  In the early years, Dorothy homeschooled her five children, and then ran a private high school for 4-5 families.

CONTACT:  Dorothy McCandliss via e-mail:  dorothymccandliss@sbcglobal.net
E-mail to register for classes and ask questions.  If you need immediate answers: (626) 590-5883 Cell

New This Year:  All math classes are on a Tue/Thur schedule at EIE.

Math classes live on Skype!
Missing class? Come via the computer!  (This doesn’t replace being in class on a regular basis.) Student initiate Skype session at beginning of class.  Equipment needs: computer, Skype app (free), microphone; camera preferred but optional.  A family fee of $25 per semester is charged for access to this service; fee is included in Charter Price.

Calendar
Classes start TBA
Semesters run 16 weeks, shift to second semester during January.

Class fees: are paid the beginning of each semester. If a payment plan is necessary, add $15 to the total and pay in 4 equal payments.  You will receive a registration form/contract by email a few weeks before class; on it, specify your payment plan.  Return contracts first day of class or by mail.  Class deposit is a first payment on class price and is not refundable.

Class size: My classroom currently holds 15 students.

Charters: Sky Mountain, Golden Valley, Gorman Learning Center, Excel Academy, Sage Oak, California Impact Academy.  I prefer to be paid monthly.  Use another vendor?  Request me as a vendor.  Charter Pricing:  Add $25 billing fee and $25 Skype access fee.

Placement:     
Algebra 1 has a placement test; it’s a 4 page, 7th grade arithmetic final sent e-mail. 70% or better required.  Math 6 or 7 placement:  Parents may place student without a test. To help you determine which level is appropriate, final exams are available as a placement test (grade 6 = spectrum 7 book final) (grade 7= Spectrum 8 book final & PreAlgebra final).  I email the tests PDF.  Return tests by mail with $20 grading fee.  Grading fee is not part of the class fee.  Placement into Geometry and Alg 2: Students need a C or better in their previous class to register.

Algebra:  A few students can do algebra in 7th grade, some in 8th, others do better waiting until 9th grade.  On the other  hand, I’ve taught algebra to 4th graders.  Go at their learning level, not a rigid schedule.  A public school math teacher said the results of forcing all students into algebra in 7th grade is that more boys are failing algebra.

How do I pick my curriculum?
Math and reading are the two linear topics which must be taught in order. (Science and history units can come in any order.)  Success in math depends on retaining and applying topics taught in previous courses.  Many families do fine with their math program at home. Great!!  But those that need my help don’t need me to use the same curriculum commonly used at home (ex: a Saxon book.)  I pick books that teach math in a linear fashion, easy to grasp, material laid out topic by topic.

Math7 – PreAlgebra I believe Math 7 kids still need a quick, solid review of arithmetic, Sept – Dec. We start using algebra as we work percents.  I’m collecting materials and writing my own.  For the 2016 school year, we’ll use up the last set of Spectrum 8 workbooks available at EIE.  Spectrum books: easy to use, uncluttered pages (many math struggling students like this.) Spectrum is not good at review and horrible in algebra, so I build in review and use Fisher’s books for Pre-Algebra and am continuing to write lessons.
NOTE:   My Spectrum Favorites are the OLD Purple cover, not the new white-ish color Common Core edition).

Algebra 1 Textbook:  I wrote my own Algebra 1 textbook in order to 1) teach algebra logically and sequentially, and with solid computational skills, 2) teach lessons 2 days a week.  Algebra 1 Textbooks are handed out in class, includes a full solution answer key.  Sample copy is at EIE.  The textbook corrections are made in the summer, so the newest edition is ready by the beginning of the school year. (After twelve long years of work, this process is almost done!!)

COMMON CORE ALERT!!   I agree with Common Core’s goal of teaching solid math skills and building higher level analytical thinking skills, but I want to do it better than the Common Core math books I see.  I refuse to allow my class material to be developmentally inappropriate and confusing.  This past school year I tutored students using a common core Algebra 1 textbook. These students gained fancy theoretical concepts without solid grounding in computational skills.  My math students practice solid computational  skills and learn the theory as they progress.

Please review the classes listed below for the best fit for your family.

Math 7 and 

Pre-Algebra

Tuesday and Thursday

3:15 – 4:15

Sequenced with Life Science

VENDOR FOR THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

  • Sky Mountain
  • Golden Valley
  • Gorman Learning Center
  • Excel Academy
  • Sage Oak
  • California Impact Academy
  • Inspire

START DATE:   September 12, 2107

COST: $250 per semester ($300.00 if a charter student, includes skype access fee to class.)

Sept-Dec:  integers (positive and negative numbers), using integers review fractions and decimals. Introduce proper early algebra while reviewing percentages & Interest.  Chapters also cover:, unit conversions, graphs, geometry, Pythagorean theorem, introductory probability, geometry.  Pre-Algebra skills: variables:  add, subtract, multiply; order of operations, solve & graph linear equations, translate word problems into algebraic equations, solve two equations with two variables.
TEXT:  To be decided.  Some units I’ve written, Fishers’ Pre-Algebra Concepts ISBN-10: 0966621190 are available at EIE. Still searching for the best, developmentally appropriate, clear teaching materials.
MATERIALS: spiral notebook, folder, protractor, a few colored pencils.  Students may check their work with a TI-30XIIS calculator ($12.00).

CONTACT:  Dorothy McCandliss at dorothymccandliss@yahoo.com

ALGEBRA 1

WITH WORD PROBLEMS

Tuesday and Thursday

1:40 – 3:10

Sequenced with Physical Science

VENDOR FOR THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

  • Sky Mountain
  • Golden Valley
  • Gorman Learning Center
  • Excel Academy
  • Sage Oak
  • California Impact Academy
  • Inspire

START DATE:   September 12, 2107

COST:   $300 plus $70 text ($420 Charter students)

Algebra 1 is the first semester of a two semester course.  It introduces basic algebraic terms and proceeds in a logical, sequential manner using visual and verbal cues to enhance learning and retention.  Students learn algebra skills and how to “drive” from the beginning to the end of any algebra 1 problem.  Appropriate Higher Order thinking, analysis skills and review are built into Mrs. McCandliss’ textbook.
TEXTBOOK: Algebra 1Textbook & full solutions answer key, Author  Dorothy McCandliss.   Textbooks will be handed out in class.
MATERIALS:  TI-30 IIS calculator, lined paper and graph paper, or I prefer doing all higher level math in spiral graph paper notebook.

My goal is that students will understand Algebra like a road map, knowing how and why to simplify and solve. At the end of the class students should be able to take an algebra problem, be told to simplify or solve, and take it from the beginning to the end, explaining what they did and why.  I believe these skills are missing in most textbooks today and this is the reason I’ve written my own.  My textbook includes Word Problems also taught logically– working through word problems that can be “translated” directly from English, and those that need formulas and charts.

First semester Algebra covers: combining, distributing, exponents, isolating, factoring (including the difference of two squares and trinomials). Algebra I is excellent both as a refresher for those who have struggled with algebra before and as a first course for any student who has mastered fractions, decimals and percents.

All new students must take a placement test prior to taking the course, sent by email.  Parent mails back the test with a $20 grading fee.
This course uses Dorothy McCandliss Algebra I with Word Problems textbook.

TUTORING CLASS: MATH

Tuesday & Thursday

9:00 – 10:15

VENDOR FOR THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

  • Sky Mountain
  • Golden Valley
  • Gorman Learning Center
  • Excel Academy
  • Sage Oak
  • California Impact Academy
  • Inspire

START DATE:   September 12, 2107

Teacher guided-independent study program.  Math Students bring their curriculum as assigned by the charter or chosen by the parents/Mrs. McCandliss.  This class is excellent for the student who:  1) has special learning issues,  2) needs assistance working an assigned charter curriculum, or 3) starts later in the year/is “off sequence” of the typical curriculum.  This is independent study with tutoring, not a lecture-presentation style class. Mrs. McCandliss works with individual students on questions/concepts as students work their curriculum in class.  Students work at their own pace; parents must continue to monitor student progress.  Math challenged high school students may like: Keys to Algebra and Keys to Geometry (McGraw Hill paperback) to complete their high school requirements.

New: Elementary students can come with mom. Mom monitors/directs the working student.  Mom/student ask math or phonics questions,
get help where needed.  Have me demonstrate/teach the new concept.

COST:  $310  ($335.00 if a charter student, includes billing fee but no skype access).
COST of Algebra 2, Trig, PreCalc:  $390 per Semester  ($415 charter student, no skype access).

CONTACT:  Dorothy McCandliss at dorothymccandliss@yahoo.com

GEOMETRY

Tuesday and Thursday

12:00 – 1:30

Sequenced with Biology

VENDOR FOR THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

  • Sky Mountain
  • Golden Valley
  • Gorman Learning Center
  • Excel Academy
  • Sage Oak
  • California Impact Academy
  • Inspire

START DATE:   September 12, 2107

COST:  $300 per semester ($350 if a charter student with skype access to class).
TEXT:  Harold Jacob’s Geometry Third edition.  ISBN 0-7167-4361-2  (I consider this the best geometry textbook in the country.)  Solutions key:  ISBN 0716756072      (optional, one copy available in the classroom)  This textbook went out of print about 2 years ago. New copies are available exclusively from My Father’s World.  Jacobs does an excellent job of developing geometry concepts and the logic process of writing a proof.  Many delightful photo and illustrations. Textbook is light on algebra – compared to CA textbooks – but includes an algebra review at the end of each chapter.
CONTACT:  Dorothy McCandliss at dorothymccandliss@yahoo.com

ALGEBRA 2

WITH TRIGONOMETRY

Tuesday and Thursday

10:30 – 11:45

Sequenced with Chemistry

VENDOR FOR THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

  • Sky Mountain
  • Golden Valley
  • Gorman Learning Center
  • Excel Academy
  • Sage Oak
  • California Impact Academy
  • Inspire

START DATE:   September 12, 2107

COST:  $390 per Semester  ($440 charter student with skype access to class).
TEXTBOOK:  HOLT Algebra 2 with Trig 1986  ISBN 0030021731 student edition (Older teachers consider this the best Algebra 2
textbook in the last 35 yrs.) HOLT Algebra 2 with Trig 1986  ISBN 003002174x teacher’s edition (contains answers) Scientific calculator required:  TI-30XIIS. Need: Graph paper spiral notebook or loose leaf graph paper. No lined paper.  All tests must be done on graph paper.
CONTACT:  Dorothy McCandliss at dorothymccandliss@yahoo.com

This class is a continuation in the study of Algebra. Algebra 2 introduces new formulas in linear, quadratic, exponential and logrithmetic equations and an introduction to Trigonometry, thus preparing the student for Pre-Calculus.  Completion and mastery of this class is a General Education requirement for most colleges and universities.  This is a two-semester (full year) course.  All students must have completed Algebra 1 with a  C or better. Geometry before Algebra 2 is recommended but not required.

PRE-CALCULUS

Taught by

Dorothy Mc Candlis

Tuesday & Thursday

9:00 – 10:15

VENDOR FOR THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

  • Sky Mountain
  • Golden Valley
  • Gorman Learning Center
  • Excel Academy
  • Sage Oak
  • California Impact Academy
  • Inspire

START DATE:   September 12, 2107

WHEN:  Students may take PreCalc as independent study, in the tutoring class.  Students often need a private tutoring session also to learn the lesson. If several students sign up, we’ll arrange time/price for lessons.
START:  Sept 12, 2017  
COST:  $390 per Semester  ($415 if a charter student, no skype access for Tutoring Class).
TEXTBOOK: Pre-calculus 5th Edition Larson & Hostetler 2000 or 2001 Hardcover  ISBN-10: 0618052852   ISBN-13: 
9780618052851  (About $11 used) Solutions guide:  ISBN 0-618-07271-3  (About $3 used on Amazon) Graphing calculator 
required:  Texas Instruments TI-83 or preferably: TI-84 Silver.  Need: Graph paper spiral notebook or loose leaf graph 
paper. (No lined paper.)
SUMMER HOMEWORK:  1 week of summer homework from Chapter P will be assigned, due first day of class.
CONTACT:  Dorothy McCandliss dorothymccandliss@sbcglobal.net

MATH PRIVATE TUTORING

Tutored by

Dorothy Mc Candliss

 

Time and Dates to be arranged

VENDOR FOR THE FOLLOWING CHARTERS:

  • Sky Mountain
  • Golden Valley
  • Gorman Learning Center
  • Excel Academy
  • Sage Oak
  • California Impact Academy
  • Inspire
START DATE:   September 12, 2107
COST:  $50 session:  1st grade to Alg 1 (session = 55 minutes)  
             $60 per session:  Geometry, Alg2, Trig, PreCalc 
WHEN:  To be arranged.    
LOCATIONS:  EIE, Altadena, Pasadena Libraries, Skype
CONTACT:  Dorothy McCandliss
dorothymccandliss@sbcglobal.net