Introduction and Basic procedures....
Independent Mastery uses a "video" teaching method to allow for differentiated teaching for EVERY student


Frequently Asked Questions
What does class time look like now?
Class begins with a daily warmup (Big 4). From there students are released to continue to the next phase in their process. An observer will see kids watching videos and taking notes of lectures, completing Khan Academy activities, taking tests or quizzes, working on activities, receiving help on assignments, etc.
What is the teacher’s role in this classroom?
Because the lecture portion of the class is delivered via video, the teacher’s role becomes more like that of a coach. As the students are completing assignments, tests, and quizzes, the teacher has more opportunity to work individually with each student on their specific needs.
What does homework look like now?
In this model, there may not be a need for traditional “homework”. Some students may be able to complete all of the required work in class. Other students may need to bring work home, if and when necessary. Students may be watching lecture videos, working on Khan Academy minutes, or doing traditional “homework” assignments.
How does my student access the videos?
All class videos are posted on YouTube. Videos can be accessed on virtually any computer or smartphone from anywhere, at any time.
What can parents do to help in the Independant Math classroom?
Understandably, a lot of parents are uncomfortable helping their students with their work in certain classes, but this classroom model gives a lot of opportunities to be involved in your student’s education.
1. If/when students are watching videos at home, make sure they wear headphones and are without other distractions. Teenagers believe they are awesome at multitasking, but research shows it hinders their studies!
2. Encourage them to use the videos to their fullest, rewatching as needed, rewinding or maybe even finding other sources to get their information. Since the videos are posted online, they are available virtually all the time.
3. Look over their notes of the material and make sure it is complete, makes sense, and shows that they understand the material.
4. This is certainly not required, but this model allows parents to watch the videos with their students.
5. Help your child with their time management skills. Because students may be working on differing skills than their peers, they will need help balancing their schedules and planning accordingly to complete the necessary assignments.
What should students do to excel in this classroom?
Students should ALWAYS be working on something. Whether watching a lecture, working on an assignment, studying for a test, completing Khan Academy minutes, there is ALWAYS something the student can be doing.
What if students watch the videos but don’t understand the material?
The videos are not meant to be the end goal. The first goal is to have support each and every day in class from the teacher, with as much individual and small group instruction as possible. The second goal is to give students a deeper understanding of the class, to inspire a greater love for Math, and to prepare them for future endeavors by encouraging them to take charge of their learning, making it real and personal for them.
Class begins with a daily warmup (Big 4). From there students are released to continue to the next phase in their process. An observer will see kids watching videos and taking notes of lectures, completing Khan Academy activities, taking tests or quizzes, working on activities, receiving help on assignments, etc.
What is the teacher’s role in this classroom?
Because the lecture portion of the class is delivered via video, the teacher’s role becomes more like that of a coach. As the students are completing assignments, tests, and quizzes, the teacher has more opportunity to work individually with each student on their specific needs.
What does homework look like now?
In this model, there may not be a need for traditional “homework”. Some students may be able to complete all of the required work in class. Other students may need to bring work home, if and when necessary. Students may be watching lecture videos, working on Khan Academy minutes, or doing traditional “homework” assignments.
How does my student access the videos?
All class videos are posted on YouTube. Videos can be accessed on virtually any computer or smartphone from anywhere, at any time.
What can parents do to help in the Independant Math classroom?
Understandably, a lot of parents are uncomfortable helping their students with their work in certain classes, but this classroom model gives a lot of opportunities to be involved in your student’s education.
1. If/when students are watching videos at home, make sure they wear headphones and are without other distractions. Teenagers believe they are awesome at multitasking, but research shows it hinders their studies!
2. Encourage them to use the videos to their fullest, rewatching as needed, rewinding or maybe even finding other sources to get their information. Since the videos are posted online, they are available virtually all the time.
3. Look over their notes of the material and make sure it is complete, makes sense, and shows that they understand the material.
4. This is certainly not required, but this model allows parents to watch the videos with their students.
5. Help your child with their time management skills. Because students may be working on differing skills than their peers, they will need help balancing their schedules and planning accordingly to complete the necessary assignments.
What should students do to excel in this classroom?
Students should ALWAYS be working on something. Whether watching a lecture, working on an assignment, studying for a test, completing Khan Academy minutes, there is ALWAYS something the student can be doing.
What if students watch the videos but don’t understand the material?
The videos are not meant to be the end goal. The first goal is to have support each and every day in class from the teacher, with as much individual and small group instruction as possible. The second goal is to give students a deeper understanding of the class, to inspire a greater love for Math, and to prepare them for future endeavors by encouraging them to take charge of their learning, making it real and personal for them.