Summer Class Lifts Students to New Heights in Math

Summer Class Lifts Students to New Heights in Math
Posted on 10/09/2018
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This summer, Nathan Hale High School math teacher, Donna Krasovich, headed up a pilot program for students that volunteered to use ALEK (an online math program) and class meetings to prepare to take advanced math courses in high school.  

According to Krasovich, “Teachers informed their students about this summer opportunity.  They
didn’t ‘select’ them for the class.  The students that were interested came forward on their own.  They sought out the challenge and it made a big difference.”

The class involved using ALEK at home and meeting six times for two hours over the summer with Krasovich.  “We focused on the math literacy skills involving vocabulary and problem-solving. Advanced math requires that students demonstrate their reasoning.  Beyond just presenting the answer, we really worked on how to show reasoning mathematically. In fact, in many cases, I gave students the answer upfront and make them explain it using mathematical terms,” said Krasovich. The summer work resulted in:

  • Three incoming Hale students completed Algebra requirements so they could take Honors Geometry (which puts them on the path to take Calculus AB as seniors).

  • Nine incoming Central students and two incoming Hale students completed Geometry requirements so they could take Advanced Algebra with Analytic Geometry (which puts them on a path to take Calculus BC as a seniors).

  • A second section of Advanced Algebra with Analytic Geometry had to  be added at Central.

  • Of the 14 students; two were boys and twelve were girls.

“It was really exciting to work with this group,” adds Krasovich, “I am proud of their hard work.  These students are on track to take the advanced math classes support their aspirations for college and career readiness.”