Early Light Academy Math


The End is Near! The End of Year testing for math, including the SAGE, starts on Monday, May 22nd. This week, to review, students are to be making sure all evaluations are passed off and they work on topics at home. Please work on ALEKS topics at home as much as possible. This week, doing topics counts for double points. Meaning, doing 10 topics this week counts as 20 topics. This is a great way to make up for weeks when ALEKS wasn’t done. I will count topics up to 100% of the ALEKS topics category. This means a current 6% in the ALEKS Topics category of your grade could be brought up to 100%. That could be a 94% increase! Let’s do this.


Please see A Chat About ALEKS, Class & Time  to help clarify what classwork and homework we do regarding ALEKS.



RISE Mastery Time Directions


Welcome Phoenixes!

This year we are going to have a great year in math! Let’s make it the best you’ve ever had. This is the general page for general math announcements.

If you would like to see announcements for your specific class:

Math 8 for links to my blog, Bloomz codes, 2 Weeks-At-A-Glance, and the Win-Win Agreement

Secondary Math (which includes Secondary Math 1, Secondary Math 1 Honors, & Secondary Math 2 Honors) for links to my blog, Bloomz codes, 2 Weeks-At-A-Glance, and the Win-Win Agreement

Calculators, Please

All Math 8, Secondary Math 1, Secondary Math 1 Honors, and Secondary Math 2 Honors students need a calculator. All but Math 8 need a graphing calculator. Math 8 needs a scientific calculator at least, but  will be using a graphing calculator next year. Though they are not cheap, a graphing calculator would satisfy the need for a calculator through high school graduation and beyond. Please get a graphing calculator (or scientific calculator if you are in Math 8) soon. Any graphing calculator will do. Texas Instruments is the most commonly used, just make sure it’s allowed on the ACT and other tests. Casio graphing calculators are less expensive and will do almost everything you will need it to do. Whichever kind you get, please etch your name into it and bring it to class every day. Some families will buy a graphing calculator for the whole family to hand down. For this, I recommend etching last name and phone number in it. Sharing is fine as long as each student has a calculator in class every day.

Mastery Grading

We are using Mastery Grading, which is based on Benjamin Bloom’s Mastery Learning style. The infographic below shows the main ideas of what we will be doing here at ELA.

Mastery Learning Flowchart

How it will be specifically used here at our school is outlined in this document.

Myths vs Facts

  1. Myth: there are 2 kinds of people: those who are math people and those who are not.
    Fact: Everyone can learn math to high levels.
  2. Myth: Telling yourself or others you can’t do something helps.
    Fact: When you believe in yourself, your brain works differently.
  3. Myth: Making mistakes and failing is the worst thing anyone can do.
    Fact: Mistakes & learning from failing grow your brain. Struggle & challenge are good for you.
  4. Myth: It’s important to be fast in math. Fast = better.
    Fact: It’s important to think deeply, visually and creatively. Time pressure blocks working memory.
  5. Myth: Math is about memorization & calculations.
    Fact: Math is a broad, creative subject about ideas, visualization and connections.
  6. Myth: If others around you are better at something, you might as well give up.
    Fact: I believe in you and want you to keep believing in yourself. Your potential in math is greater than you may realize.

I would like every student to adopt this mindset. This video from Standford University’s YouCubed describes it well: