BIO     Katie Simmons is a graduate of Harding University with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Middle Level Math and Science. Following graduation she spent two years teaching conversational English and working with the churches of Christ in Italy. Upon returning to the US, she began her teaching career at her old middle school in Decatur, AL. Her first year she taught an introductory Spanish language and culture class. For the next 7 years she taught 7th grade math.   After meeting and marrying her wonderful husband, Jonathan Simmons, she moved to middle Tennessee and began attending North Boulevard, where she and her husband are both active members. She accepted a position teaching math for Rutherford County Schools. The first three years she taught 8th grade math, before switching to 7th grade math the fourth year. Math has always been Katie’s favorite subject. She loves how “black and white” it is and finds great satisfaction in solving math problems! She is excited to now share her love of math, tutoring students and helping them to find a new appreciation and confidence in their own mathematical abilities. She is especially thankful for the opportunity to work with the Discipleship Tutorial! When not tutoring or spending time with her husband, family and friends, Katie also enjoys spending time developing her other passion/business, photography!

BIO

Katie Simmons is a graduate of Harding University with a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and Middle Level Math and Science. Following graduation she spent two years teaching conversational English and working with the churches of Christ in Italy. Upon returning to the US, she began her teaching career at her old middle school in Decatur, AL. Her first year she taught an introductory Spanish language and culture class. For the next 7 years she taught 7th grade math.

After meeting and marrying her wonderful husband, Jonathan Simmons, she moved to middle Tennessee and began attending North Boulevard, where she and her husband are both active members. She accepted a position teaching math for Rutherford County Schools. The first three years she taught 8th grade math, before switching to 7th grade math the fourth year. Math has always been Katie’s favorite subject. She loves how “black and white” it is and finds great satisfaction in solving math problems! She is excited to now share her love of math, tutoring students and helping them to find a new appreciation and confidence in their own mathematical abilities. She is especially thankful for the opportunity to work with the Discipleship Tutorial! When not tutoring or spending time with her husband, family and friends, Katie also enjoys spending time developing her other passion/business, photography!

Pre-Algebra                          

32 WEEK CLASS

 

Tutor Name: Katie Simmons

Course Name: Pre-Algebra

Required Text: 

  • Teaching Textbooks Pre-Algebra, Version 2.0 &
    Student textbook with answer key.
    Cost: $59.95 range
    ISBN: 978-0983581239

Optional Materials:   Full kit, including DVDs with self-grading program and completely worked out problems. Cost $185 range (includes CDs, student textbook and answer key). ASIN: B008C1XSW6.   The set allows for more in-depth explanations of mathematical concepts when not in class.  If your student is good at understanding math and good at self-teaching, then this CD would not be as necessary.

OR

Student can purchase version 3.0 from www.teachingtextbooks.com, which gives access to the full book as an e-book and all material on the CDs as a subscription for 1 student for 10 months (can be paused for 6 months). Cost is $59.90.

Note About Curriculum: Choosing the right math curriculum is extremely challenging, and varies drastically based on the individual  be a student. For a comprehensive discussion of math curriculum I recommend www.homeschoolmath.net. I have found TT to be good blend between mastery and spiral approaches with engaging discussions that help students see the applications of math. That being said, I will also be heavily supplementing with online resources and print worksheets to emphasize key topics, and with this will also allow for the course to be varied based on student’s individual abilities.

Other books/materials, etc. required for class:  Graph paper, calculator (a graphing calculator would be beneficial but not required),  and ruler.

Copy Fee: $15

More Courses by KATIE SIMMONS

  • 5 / 6 Math

  • Pre-Algebra

  • Science (Middle School) w/Labs

Other Fees: $20 video fee (this covers the cost for me to provide videos I create as well as outside videos to support and expand upon concepts covered)

Minimum Number of Students: 8

Maximum Number of Students: 20

Course Description/Outline/Objectives: 

Math does not exist in a vault. It is every bit as integrated in daily life as history or literature, and my goal for the year is to help the students see that! In addition to detailed coverage of the math concepts will be regular integration in how math is regularly used in everyday life, and discussions of the historical and cultural development of math (remember math was discovered to allow civilization to overcome problems).

In pre-algebra we will look at applications of math in science, business, music, art, history and more! All of my math classes are custom developed, using a foundation of Teaching Textbooks 2.0 (the books only, CDs not needed) so students can see the progressive flow of math. Note that the 2.0 version is more rigorous than the 1.0 version. I then build on that foundation with weekly worksheets, videos and assignments that allows me to develop the class to the needs of the individual students, keep the material academically rigorous while at the same time enjoyable and purposeful. Students will also keep a journal using the Feynman Technique to develop the habit of being able to explain complex concepts simply to encourage comprehension and retention.

This is a college preparatory course.  Towards this end, I will be supplementing the regular curriculum with practice questions from the ACT and SAT to ensure the students are familiar with all foundational pre-algebra material they could expect to see on the tests.

My objective for the class would be to help foster an interest and enjoyment in math on the part of the students.  While unfortunately often times viewed as the most dull (and difficult) subject, the field of math is in itself an incredible testimony to the orderly nature of our God and a crucial part of the beauty He created for us to enjoy.

Expected Weekly Time Commitment for Homework:  5+ hours per week.

Prerequisites: None.

Recommended Grade Level(s) for this class: 7th – 8th

Estimated Difficulty Level of course for average student: Above average

Rate for Additional Private Tutoring: $50/hour