This is a standard geometry course designed with the math-resistant student, meaning those who struggle with or dislike math, in mind. It was created with two goals; 1) to teach geometry and 2) to strengthen algebra 1 skills. In this course, geometry concepts are spread out and explained in a way that makes them easy to both understand and remember.
The course also reviews and practices essential algebra 1 concepts, helping to fill in any gaps while solidifying and reviewing the skills needed to be successful in algebra 2 and beyond. It is recommended that this course come directly after algebra 1 so students can have an extra year to mature mathematically and strengthen their algebra 1 skills before taking algebra 2.
Prerequisite: A student needs to have completed any standard algebra 1 course. Even if his or her grasp of algebra 1 is weak or has gaps, this course will address those throughout the year and prepare them for algebra 2.
Geometry Course Includes:
1-year access to our comprehensive Geometry teaching videos. These are short, to-the-point instructional videos covering all essential Geometry topics. The course also includes access to the Solutions Library where every homework and test problem is worked out and explained on video.
Student Textbook & Solutions Manual
Our spiral bound student textbook is consumable, which allows students to easily follow along, take notes, and work problems exactly as they see them in the video lessons. This avoids the frustration of copy errors and makes handling and reading easier. The spiral bound solutions manual works out every single homework problem in detail so both students and parents can check work and accurately assess progress.
Chapter Tests & Solutions
This packet contains tests for each chapter. The corresponding solutions manual works out every test problem in detail, making it easy for students and parents to understand and correct any mistakes. The 3-hole punch packet format allows parents, tutors, or teachers to easily disperse individual test forms as needed and accurately check work afterward.
The parent guide provides parents with all the information they need to successfully guide their student through Geometry, whether the student needs the parent to be fully hands on, mostly hands off, or somewhere in between. It provides pacing guides, grading suggestions, and grade recording pages.
How can I tell if Denison Geometry is right for my student?
Denison Geometry is designed specifically to help students who dislike, struggle with, stress out about, have low confidence in, or simply don’t care for math. If your student typically dreads math, but has completed an algebra 1 course and needs to move to geometry, Denison Geometry is right for you.
Is my student ready for Geometry?
If your student has completed a standard algebra 1 course, he or she is ready to take geometry. It is not necessary to have every algebra 1 skill mastered to take Denison Geometry because basic algebra skills are reviewed and used throughout the course.
Should my student have already taken Algebra 1?
Algebra 1 is a necessary prerequisite to geometry because the skills learned in algebra are needed throughout the course. Denison Geometry has been written with the math resistant student in mind, so even though students need to have experience with algebra 1, they do not need to have every skill mastered. Denison Geometry will remind students of algebra concepts throughout the course so they can confidently enter Algebra 2 after completing it.
Is this course completely stand-alone?
Yes. This course is designed to take a math resistant student through an entire geometry course without the need for a tutor or additional instructor.
Does this course teach formal, traditional proofs?
There are many differing views in the math teaching world about this, ranging from "proofs are a waste of time" to "proofs are absolutely essential," and everything in between.
While proofs have their value and are used in the professional math world, students do not write formal proofs in my course. Throughout the course, I teach students to use logic and the rules, definitions, theorems, and postulates of geometry to work problems, but we do not write formal traditional proofs. There are several reasons for this.
1) When writing a proof, there is no "one answer" for the proof. If a proof differs from the answer key, it needs to be closely examined. Often, I find students will take a different, unexpected, or less direct route to a correctly written proof, but rarely discover this by just comparing to an answer key. This can be very discouraging for students, causing them to hate geometry or to unnecessarily lose self confidence in their math ability.
2) Formal proof writing is never used anywhere in any math courses going forward, nor is it tested on standardized tests. This was not my main reason for excluding formal proof writing, but it did play a part in my decision.
Having said all of this, I am not anti-proof, and it does have value. But for a typical homeschool geometry student (the audience for this course), I have found proof-writing to be very counter-productive.
In 20+ years of teaching math (11 of them in public school), I did not see any positive difference in student performance in the years I taught heavy proof writing vs. the years I taught little to no proof writing (I experimented both ways). In fact, proof writing actually tended to have negative effects on the students (they pretty much universally hate writing proofs, which makes them hate geometry and sometimes math altogether).
There are excellent teachers on every point along the traditional geometry proof spectrum, but this is the reasoning behind excluding them from my courses.
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