Students returning to school in the fall might need more math help than in previous years. Summer learning loss is an ongoing challenge, but due to the sudden witch to online learning this spring, the so-called summer slide may be even more prevalent. The Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) research projected “major academic impacts from COVID closures for students, especially in mathematics.”(1)
Our math study groups are intended for students who need a bit of a boost in math, whether that’s catching up or needing more of a challenge! Each class investigates the central concepts of the topics and encourages students to bring their current work and questions to this cooperative setting for guidance.
I interviewed instructor Marianna Toptchian about her upcoming Algebra Study Group and Geometry Study Groups classes. Below are insights about what she’s most excited to share in her classes!
Q: What is the most beneficial aspect of your class?
MT: One on one support for students and the ability to cover, in depth, topics that need more attention.
Q: What is the coolest thing your students can learn in this class?
MT: Students will have the opportunity to work with some computer apps help visualize math.
Q: What are you most excited to teach your students?
MT: Students will be able to apply math to real world situations.
Algebra Study Group (Grades 8-12)
Dates: Oct. 23 - Dec. 18, 4 - 5:30 PM, Eight Fridays, No Class Nov. 27.
Geometry Study Group (Grades 8-12)
Dates: Oct. 21 - Nov. 25, 4 - 5:30 PM, Six Weds.
(1) Source: https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2020/05/Collaborative-Brief_Covid19-Slide-APR20.pdf)