Tom Clark is a lifelong teacher of mathematics and science with 46 years of experience in education at all levels, from elementary through adult. He has served in the Indiana Department of Education as director of curriculum development, and is a recipient of the IUPUI Chancellor’s Award, the Purdue Chancellor’s Award, and the Purdue School of Science Faculty Teaching Award. Tom is now president of VideoText Interactive, a company that specializes in bringing the textbook to life through technology. The company’s two major programs—Algebra: A Complete Course, and Geometry: A Complete Course—have been acclaimed nationwide as comprehensive college-preparatory mathematics courses. Tom and his wife, Alice, have been married for more 40 years, and have two children and six grandchildren.
Homeschooling Math Without a Plan? You’ve Got to be Kidding!
This workshop is designed to help parent-educators understand the scope, the sequence, and the logic of mathematics instruction from preschool through adulthood. Join Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive and author of Algebra: A Complete Course and Geometry: A Complete Course, as he takes you on a sometimes humorous journey, describing all levels of arithmetic and all mathematics courses encountered in high school and college.
Is Math Straining Your Relationship with Your Children?
Join Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive and author of Algebra: A Complete Course and Geometry: A Complete Course, as he offers an entertaining and educational session designed to help you discover the reasons behind the difficulty in several of the traditional “trouble spots” in math. Topics discussed will be determined by the audience and may include division of fractions and multiplication of decimals (using those mindless rules), long-division, story-problems, positive and negative numbers, and numerous others, all of which seem to indicate that mathematics is just naturally “difficult,” which participants will discover is just not the case!
Simplifying Algebra for the Hesitant Learner (“When Are We Going to Need This Stuff Anyway?”)
Algebra is the study of relations, i.e. equations and inequalities. In this workshop, Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive and author of Algebra: A Complete Course and Geometry: A Complete Course, will help you to develop an inquiry approach applicable to all basic relations. You will discover the analytical questions students need to ask in order to “undo” all of the complications they may encounter when solving equations and inequalities.
Teaching Mathematics with Art (Or Is It Teaching Art with Mathematics?)
Can your child’s future really be boiled down to something as simplistic as whether they are right-brained or left-brained? Surely, as homeschooling parents, we want our children to believe that they are capable of using both sides of their brains. In this educational and entertaining workshop we will explore the natural and logical connections between mathematics and art. We will investigate mathematical principles and see how they are related to, and illustrated by, artistic applications. Likewise, we will explore several artistic concepts and see how they are based on mathematical ideas.