Math Instructor, Mr. Michael Laderer, AKA, “Math Guy”


The Algebra program provides students with the fundamentals of Algebra I. This method uses an online curriculum that follows the Common Core curriculum standards. While using the online curriculum, students will spend three out of five days a week in a traditional classroom setting, analyzing problems taken from situations that many people encounter in their everyday lives. Some problems have to do with jobs, business, banking, manufacturing, and commerce, while others involve travel, hobbies, sports, or entertainment. In each case, they will use Math and Algebra to make sense of the situation, enabling them to make decisions, recommendations, and pose further questions in search of solutions. Students will use today’s technology to learn algebra skills that can be incorporated into their BCCTC course curriculum and everyday life.


The Geometry program is the key to the students’ understanding of geometric concepts and development of spatial reasoning skills. Lessons allow students to be able to make the transition from concrete to abstract thinking. The course is presented as an on-line course, but it is conducted in a classroom setting with a full-time instructor assisting and enhancing the students’ learning experience. The curriculum presents geometric problems to the students using multiple representations: worksheets, diagrams, equations and written text, to allow students a variety of methods to visualize and learn the concepts presented. In the classroom, the problems are related to the students’ personal experiences and to the students’ CTC course curriculum. Activities engage students in inductive and deductive reasoning to make sense of geometric concepts. The students are also shown the connections between Geometry and Algebra, which facilitates a deeper understanding of geometric concepts.

Units of Study

  • Number Patters, Variables and Formulas
  • Proportional Reasoning and Percentages
  • Analyzing Data and Making Predictions
  • Finding Linear Equations from Graphs
  • Graphing Quadratic Equations
  • Solving Systems of Linear Equations
  • Laws of Powers
  • Slope-Intercept Linear Inequalities
  • Graphing Inequalities
  • Rational Expressions
  • Direct and Indirect Variation
  • Polynomial Arithmetic
  • The Distributive Property
  • Absolute Value
  • Inequalities
  • Graphs of Absolute Value Equations
  • Solving Quadratic Equation
  • Literal Equations
  • Slope
  • Literal Equations
  • Solving Systems of Linear Equations
  • Radical and Roots
  • General form of a Linear Equation
  • Statistics
  • Probability
  • Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
  • Introduction to Logical Principles
  • Matrices
  • Properties of Numbers
  • Modeling Situations with Formulas, Tables of Values, and Graphs