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 40 years, and have two children and six grandchildren.
Top Ten Myths about Homeschooling Math
Most homeschooling parents feel uneasy when planning math courses for their children. “We learned our math a long time ago,” or “We learned it a different way,” or maybe, “We learned it not at all”! How can we know if the methods we are using will achieve the desired results in our students? In this workshop, Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive and author of Algebra: A Complete Course and Geometry: A Complete Course, will expose ten common myths about teaching math, and then counter those myths with solid, practical help for parents. You will also leave with a checklist of items that can be used to determine the best math course for your students.
UH, OH! The Fractions Are Moving In! (There Goes the Neighborhood!)
Since algebraic fractions are a much more complex form than arithmetic fractions, the memorization of the operational techniques generally taught in arithmetic simply will not hold in algebra. In this instructional workshop, Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive and author of Algebra: A Complete Course and Geometry: A Complete Course, humorously explains, in detail, the “reasons behind the rules.” Now students can develop a clear, conceptual approach to working with fractions, without a reliance on meaningless shortcuts and tricks, preparing them to be much more successful when working with algebraic fractions.
Can Mom or Dad Really “Teach” Story-Problems? (And Why Would You Want To?)
In this entertaining and instructional workshop with Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive and author of Algebra: A Complete Course and Geometry: A Complete Course, you will develop—and learn how to use—the five analysis questions that must be asked to solve all story problems, whether in simplearithmetic or in algebra. The correct answers to these questions are guaranteed to lead students to the relation (equation or inequality) they must solve in order to find the answer to the problem.
The Seven Laws of Teaching at Home
Are we, as parents, sufficiently equipped to teach our own children? Admittedly, we have had little, if any, “formal training” or “certification.” How can we be confident that our children are going to be well educated? This informative and entertaining session with Tom Clark is based on—and adapted from—the respected work of John Milton Gregory; it will focus on effective strategies of instruction that are understandably simple, educationally sound, and ethically founded. Veteran homeschoolers and newcomers alike will discover some new ideas, reinforce existing practices, and be encouraged to continue the homeschooling commitment.