An online option for homeschool high school chemistry…

Clover Valley Chemistry courses are full year (36 week) high school courses for homeschooled students.  The courses are taught by  an experienced high school and college chemistry instructor with over 20 years of teaching, tutoring, and homeschooling experience – me. 🙂  Each full course will have both synchronous and asynchronous aspects.  The courses currently on offer are: Chemistry, Honors Chemistry, and Introduction to Organic Chemistry & Biochemistry.  For more information on each course, please click the corresponding link either in the text above, in the sidebar, or at the top of the page.  For more information on registration and pricing, please click on the link here, in the sidebar, or at the top of the page.

Beginning in Fall 2019, I will also be offering parent-marking versions of the Chemistry and Honors Chemistry courses.  The parent-marking versions will offer 12 months of access to all the instructional materials but the marking of all assessments will be the responsibility of the parent who will be provided with answer keys to the assessments.  The parent-marking version will not include access to the live “office hour” sessions and I will be available for help with technical issues only.  This version is ideal for parents who feel comfortable with chemistry and feel able to answer student questions and mark student assessments.  If you don’t feel confident answering your student’s questions or marking your student’s assessments, please consider the full version of the course.  For more information on registration and pricing for this option, please click on the link here, in the sidebar, or at the top of the page.

Each course will be broken down into units based on topics in chemistry and/or chapters in the textbook.  The concepts in the individual units will be taught through a combination of textbook readings and prerecorded teaching lectures with accompanying handouts based on the Power Point slides from the lecture so that the students may follow along and take notes.  Because the videos are prerecorded, the students can pause them, go back and re-watch sections, and even re-watch the entire video as many times as they need to.  This allows students to move at their own pace through the lectures within each unit.  There will also be live “office hours” once or twice per week where I will be available to answer student questions so that students are able to get help in real time.  These “office hour” sessions will be recorded so that they can be viewed afterwards.  I’m also always just an email away should a student require help at any time.

The courses will be run and managed through CourseSites by BlackBoard.  It’s a course management system that allows me to store access to all the course content in one place to make life simpler for both the students and myself. 🙂  The live “office hours” will also be run through a platform within BlackBoard called Collaborate.

Each unit will be assessed through a combination of homework assignments, unit/chapter tests, and/or labs.  There will be a midterm exam and a final exam for each course.

Synchronous aspects of the courses:

*set start and end dates

*due dates for each chapter block

Asynchronous aspects of the courses:

*scheduling of textbook readings is flexible

*prerecorded lectures can be watched at any time with as many breaks or pauses as needed

If you are interested in any of the chemistry courses on offer or have questions regarding any aspect of the courses, please don’t hesitate to contact me!

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