Corraleno Posted January 4, 2012 Share Posted January 4, 2012 Strategicum.com This is a new program, which I just recently heard about through a gifted email list I'm on. I haven't used it yet, but Iâ€™ve been corresponding with Dr. Stoyen and have signed DS13 up for one of the classes (which starts next week). The classes generally meet for two 90-minute sessions each week, although there is also a class for younger kids that meets for two 1 hr sessions/wk. There is no textbook; Dr. Stoyen teaches the concepts and assigns the problems himself. This is an integrated math program, in the sense that it combines related concepts which are generally taught in separate â€œcoursesâ€ in the US. For example, the Arithmetic, Algebra, and Elements of Analysis course covers concepts which, in the US, would be scattered across several years from Prealgebra to Calculus. The next course in the sequence is Counting and Probabilities, Sets and Cardinalities. He also offers coaching for various Olympiads/MathCounts/NACLO, etc. Here is a brief description of the philosophy/methodology, from the website: Instruction emphasizes understanding and derivation of concepts....Our curriculum commences with a logic primer and establishes basic axioms of mathematics. The curriculum then systematically derives the body of mathematical knowledge conventionally taught from elementary school through undergraduate (math-intensive major) college years. Beyond core theory, the curriculum includes computational linguistics, computability, algorithms and complexity, statistics and probability, actuarial, economic and financial modeling, and numerical analysis. [/Quote] Here is a blurb about the teacher, Alexander Stoyen: A former Math and Physics Olympian in the former Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1970s, Dr. Stoyen has worked extensively with bright and exceptional, home schooled and traditionally schooled kids...â€ [/Quote]He has a PhD from University of Toronto, was a tenured professor at University of Nebraska, and has done research for IBM, the US DOD, and currently works for a technology company. He is based in northern VA. You can read more about his philosophy and methodology on the website linked above. ETA: I asked specifically about working with kids who are 2e, as DS13 is gifted but â€œhates math,â€ which I imagine is not exactly the target audience for these sorts of classes. Dr. Stoyen told me that one of his own kids is 2e and he is very sympathetic and accommodating of 2e kids. Since I've found that an intensive/accelerated/whole-to-parts approach has been very effective for DS in every other subject, I have high hopes for these math classes! Jackie Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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