Since January 2011, we have been using the Accelerated Math program in Algebra I, Algebra II and Geometry. During this time, we have seen tremendous improvements in our student's ability to pass their required math "End of Instruction" as well as a significant increase in our student's ACT math scores.
The Weekly Goal:
Each mathematics course has a unique library of objectives that the students will work towards mastering. The weekly goal for each student is to master four objectives per week. Students who meet this goal, and master four objectives, will receive 100% credit for their weekly test grade. If a student masters three objectives during the week, they will receive 75%. Students who exceed the goal of mastering four objectives will receive and extra 25% credit for each objective mastered over for. For example, mastering five objectives will receive a grade of 125% and six will earn 150%.
How to master an objective:
Each day in class students will be allotted time to work on individual "practice assignments" using handheld Kindle Fire tablets in the classroom. This is the main type of assignment for the students. Practice assignments typically contain 20-25 questions and cover a few different objectives that have been covered during the daily classroom lessons. For any particular objective that the student is currently working on they will be given up to 6 questions to practice on during the assignment. If a student can successfully answer 5 or 6 questions pertaining to a particular objective, then that objective gets moved into a special category called "Ready to Test" objectives. Once students have a collection of "Ready to Test" objectives, they can ask the teacher to give them a test over these objectives. Once a test has been generated, the student will move to the area of the classroom designated for test taking. On the student's test, they will see 5 questions for each objective that they are testing over. If they can correctly answer at least 4 of the 5 questions pertaining to that objective, they will have "Mastered" that objective. Mastering the objectives is where the students will get the bulk of their grade during the semester.
Philosophy on showing work and making corrections to missed problems:
Quality in the student's work is far more important than quantity. On the student's practice assignments, the questions they will see are all multiple choice. This is obviously different from the traditional mathematics classroom. However, statistically, if a student doesn't understand a concept or they don't put forth the effort to correctly answer each problem, they will most likely not be able to answer 5 out of 6 questions correctly pertaining to that objective. If a student does correctly answer 5 or 6 questions over a particular objective, then most likely the student has a solid understanding of the concept and doesn't necessarily need to show his or her work to the teacher. However, if a student is struggling with an objective and misses two or more problems over the same concept, they will be required to go back and correct the missed problems and show their work to the teacher so that the teacher and intervene and help fill the gap in understanding. Students are given a corrections packet at the beginning of each nine weeks that they are instructed to make all corrections in. At the beginning of each nine weeks students will be given 50 points for their packet. As long as they make corrections over the problems they miss, they will get the full credit for the packet. However, students who do not stop and correct their missed problems as instructed will lose 20% of their corrections grade each time.
Working on assignments at home:
Since the student's assignments are all online, they may be accessed at home using a computer, cell phone, or tablet.
To log on to Accelerated Math assignments from a home computer, cell phone or tablet: Go to the school's website at www.woodland.k12.ok.us and click on the tab "Student Resources." When that page loads click on "Renassiance Home Connect" and you will be able to log into the accelerated math site and view your assignments and progress.
If a student is unable to access the internet at home, they may request paper assignments to work on that can be completed at home and submitted during class the next day.