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  1. Thank you for mentioning this. Do you think graphing by hand with paper/pencil is superior to using Desmos?
  2. I'm not really sure what you mean here. I guess my only advice is to treat UCB and UCLA the same as you would treat any competitive university. Do impressive work in your classes and extracurriculars in order to be admitted. Dd had a bunch of APs and high test scores on everything, so I think she mostly covered all the a-g except geometry. I'm not sure about arts...we accidentally got P/F credit at a local CC without ever setting foot on campus because of some weird thing with a local children's theater group. And forget about a-g, except insofar as you want to get some AP exams and SAT subject tests and other validation for your schoolwork. It isn't even clear to me that you need to worry about a-g at all if you are homeschooling with a PSA. The quote that follows suggests this is the case, but it still isn't very clear to me. Pretend to be a student applicant and look at their online application portal. There really isn't a way to indicate your classes are a-g, so what's the point? From http://admission.universityofcalifornia.edu/freshman/homeschool/index.html : If your home schooling curriculum is not provided by a U.S. regionally accredited school (or approved by the State Board of Education) and you will not receive an official transcript and high school diploma from a U.S. regionally accredited school: You can be eligible by meeting requirements for admission by exam. If you do not meet the requirements for admission by exam, you may still be considered for admission by exception.
  3. 1. UC Berkeley, UCLA, UCSD so far in 2019. (Not sure if she applied anywhere else.) 2. Dd studied geometry from an AoPS textbook at home with me as a teacher in middle school. So I guess you could say we didn't.
  4. So, I've heard this from other teachers before and it always leaves me confused. How can a student possibly get through all of high school math: geometry, precalculus, trigonometry, complex numbers, all that material before they reach calculus, and they don't know algebra? How is that even possible? And when you say "my calculus kids" do you mean your AoPS students?
  5. I had my kids take a MOEMS once a week, both for review and to introduce new concepts they will officially learn later.
  6. Thank you! So interesting. So it sounds like from your previous post that you try different scripts to see which elicits the most understanding from your students. Then do you submit it for approval and it gets adopted for all teachers? That must be so interesting to post a questions and then wait and see how students react. It seems like with a little work you could quantify the % of correct and incorrect answers as a measure of script quality. Your last paragraph is very interesting and one I hadn't considered. You've probably seen some of the negative comments about AoPS online classes in that they aren't "live" with video and audio communication and that it is "only text-based." But you bring up something really important about eliminating biases. It reminds me of how people audition for symphonies these days, behind a screen to obscure the applicant so that they can be judged solely on their performance. I had previously only thought of the students' perspective. For example, older students may feel insecure around younger students, but I hadn't thought of the teacher perspective.
  7. What's neat about a raspberry pi is that it also has input and output interfaces, so you can wire it to things in real life. So you can use information say from the internet to direct things in the real world. This is commonly known as Internet of Things or IoT. For example, we completed a project where we used an API to access rain forecasts from Weather Underground. We wrote a python program that collected the probability of precipitation, and tested to see if it was above some level that we set, and then send current to an LED, warning us of such a dire situation. (It was called an umbrella indicator.) You can also wire it to a relay that will turn on a real device like a table lamp. We used it as a web server and created a website where if you click on a link, the light would toggle on and off. Like the Arduino, it is small and cheap enough that you can program it for a single purpose, package it up and then buy another one for some other use.
  8. I was too shy to ask for screenshots, though it would be cool even if you redact any personal info. I and I think many of us are familiar with the AoPS classroom. I've just never seen the teacher's side of the class.
  9. Wow, I feel very lucky now to be in the presence of an actual AoPS teacher, @square_25! I'm curious to know what happens on the other side of the screen. Please paint us a picture of what that looks like. What do you see when you ask a question in class? What do all the responses look like? (I imagine something like little speech bubbles in an iPhone text message:) I'm guessing the TAs are all remote to each other and you? How do they know who has responded to which student? Does AoPS regularly do the sort of data analysis that you describe in order to edit their "script"? What do you think we would find surprising about teaching an AoPS class?
  10. I've got a student who has a very difficult time memorizing algorithms. Long division is especially daunting. So it's nice to be able to prompt her with a story, like "Remember those pirates? We have 1097 gold coins and 22 pirates. What's our first step?" And she remembers! For me it's not about speed, it's the story that's important. Daijobu became our go-to adjective for our group of American college students. If someone asked, "Hey how was that temple you visited?" We'd adopt a faux-cool affect and respond, "It was daijobu." I just thought it was a funny word, that didn't mean much more than "fine" or "meh."
  11. Got it. I can see your disappointment then. Why didn't they continue with the good thing they already had going?
  12. I'm cringing as I write this, but have you already used Caesar's English by MCT? It's quite different from WWW. In fact, I went from CE to WWW and was sorely disappointed in WWW and we stopped about one volume and never returned. CE on the other hand is such a joy and so much fun. He quotes extensively from literature to show how great writers used the words that he teaches. The MCT books are expensive, but see if you can't look at a sample just to see how different they are.
  13. Make: Electronics by Charles Platt. He also has a sequel, Make: More Electronics if the first book is too basic. It has a good balance between hands on projects and explanations and theory.
  14. I agree! For more insight read: Why Parents Need to Matter More than Peers
  15. Fans of edhesive here, x2. One of my dd's started the class in January, about halfway in, and did great. She had a solid background in python before starting the class.
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