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Andrea J.A. Hall, M.ED

E-mail: ahall@thestudyhalledu.com

EDUCATION

Master of Science in Education, April 2011

Specialization in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Cumulative GPA 4.0

Bachelor of Science in Math Education, May 2004

Oakwood University Huntsville, Alabama

Cumulative GPA 3.89

HONORS

Riley Scholar, Teacher of the Year 2006-2007 at Rockdale County High School, Teacher of the Month 2005 at Rockdale County High School, CAPE Award from the NCTM, National Dean’s List, Dean’s List, Math Award for Excellence, United Way Giving Scholarship, Worthy Student Assistance Scholarship, Premier Scholarship

SKILLS

Effective Online Teaching Certificate (with Georgia Virtual School),AP Calculus AB Institute Certificate, Proficient in Power Point, Microsoft Word, Excel, Word Perfect, Windows, Internet, Elluminate, eCollege, Blackboard, D2L Platform and Online Services, IBM and IMAC; Website designer.

CERTIFICATE

Clear Renewable, Mathematics Grades 6-12 , Certificate ID 688002, Expires 06/30/2020

EDUCATION CONSULTING EXPERIENCE

The Study Hall Education Consulting Company, LLC

August 2003 – Present 

Teaching on Outschool.com as an independent contractor (2017 – Present)

Education Consultant and Private Tutor

Subject Matter Expert for Oaks Christian Academy for Algebra 1

Curriculum Writer for the Algebra 2A & Algebra 2B Curriculum for the California PASS Program

Online tutoring as well as face-to-face tutoring.

Responsible for providing home school instruction to 3 fifth grade students (2008-2009)

Responsible for providing supplemental instruction in Algebra I and Algebra II (2003- 2008)

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Georgia Virtual School, Atlanta, GA

July 2013- Present

Accelerated Math II, CCGPS Analytic Geometry, Math I, Math I Support, Math IIAB and Math IIAB Support

Provide appropriate online instruction, Promote a positive online learning environment, Maintain communication with students and parents/guardians.

Odysseyware Academy

August 2016- July 2019

All Mathematics Grades 6 – 12

Provide appropriate online instruction, Promote a positive online learning environment, Maintain communication with students and parents/guardians.

Georgia Cyber Academy, Atlanta, GA

July 2010- July 2013

Math I, Math I Support, GPS Algebra, GPS Geometry, Accelerated GPS Geometry/Advanced Algebra , Honors GPS Geometry, Honors Algebra II

Provide appropriate online instruction, Promote a positive online learning environment, Maintain communication with students and parents/guardians, Mentor teacher for 5 new teachers, Technology Committee Chair,  Study Island Coordinator, At-Risk Intervention Math Teacher, Created Math 1 Curriculum using existing K12.com curriculum components, taught live Elluminate sessions at least four times a week.

Rockdale County High School, Conyers, GA

December 2011- March 2012

Academic Intervention Specialist in Mathematics

Temporary Part-time position in which I created intervention plans to help failing students get back on track.  Implemented the Peer Tutoring Program.

Osborne High School, Marietta, GA 

July 2009- July 2010

July 2007- July 2008

9th Grade, Math I; 10th -12th Grade, Algebra II

Provide appropriate instruction, Promote a positive learning environment, Follow professional ethics in all work related activities, Maintain communication with parents/guardians, Be available for tutoring at least once a week and Secretary for Algebra II Data Team

Rockdale County High School, Conyers, GA

July 2005- June 2007

Algebra I, Honors Algebra II, Mathematical Money Management, and Applied Problem Solving

Provide appropriate instruction, Promote a positive learning environment, Follow professional ethics in all work related activities, Maintain communication with parents/guardians, Algebra I Peer Tutoring Program Coordinator.

Berean Christian Junior Academy, Atlanta, GA

July 2004- February 2005

6th-8th Grade, Mathematics and Science Teacher

Provide appropriate instruction, Promote a positive learning environment, Follow professional ethics in all work related activities, Maintain communication with parents/guardians

ACTIVITIES

EPIC Homeschool Network, Inc., Founder, President & Executive Director;  South Cobb Homeschoolers, Founder and President; International Association for K12 Online Learning; National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM); Former GCAFG Sponsor; Former Web Warriors Students Sponsor; Former Mu Alpha Theta: Osborne Chapter Sponsor;  Former Collaborating Teacher for Student Teacher from Kennesaw State University.

Special Needs – 2- Creating Products to Assess Mastery in the Online Environment

I recently gave a series of 20 math problems to complete to help students master adding and subtracting integers. The objective of the assignment was to help student practice adding and subtracting integers so that they could achieve mastery in the process.

The strength of this assignment is that it does provide additional practice for to student. The weakness is that it requires written answers and such a worksheet might not work for students who have trouble with seeing, or writing.

One way I could transform this assignment is to allow students to make a video explaining how to add and subtract integers. This would allow students who have problems writing things down to verbalize their thinking. Students could use resources such as YouTube.com, Animoto.com or Zoom.us to record their videos to share with the class.

Another way you could transform this assignment is to allow students to create an audio recording of their answers verbally so that they do not have to write it down. Using a tool such as https://www.voki.com/ would make it fun for students.

Special Needs – 2- Specific Strategies for Online Differentiation and Personalization

There are so many ways to differentiate learning.

One concept that I enjoy teaching as a math teacher that I think lends itself to differentiation and personalization is factoring trinomials. Weird huh? But I love it.

The Process

There are two different ways that I can offer students for learning how to factor trinomials. First, I could give them the option of a video. Second, I could give them the option of direct instruction.

In the first method I would have students watch “Teach Me How to Factor” https://youtu.be/OFSrINhfNsQ (Parody of Teach Me How To Dougie by Cali Swag District) Westerville South High School, Westerville, Ohio. Then I would give my students a Graphic Organizer and ask them to watch the video again and see if they could fill in the steps for factoring trinomials based on the video.

In the second method, I would still start students off with the video as an introduction, but then I would provide direct instruction on how to factor different types of trinomials. They would receive a Graphic Organizer as well.

The Product

To show their knowledge of factoring trinomials I would give students two options.

In the first option students could create their own video explaining to other students how to factor trinomials. It could be in the form of a song, a rap, or a simple lesson.

The second option would be to create a math board game for factoring trinomials. This would allow students to not only use their creative side, but provide reinforcement of their learning as well.

In both options I would give students a sheet of trinomials to pull ideas and examples from.

Special Needs – 2- Best Practices for Online Communication

The Scenario

You have a student in your online English class who has a 504 Plan in place for ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). The plan indicates she has significant difficulties with staying focused and executive functioning skills, making organization a constant challenge for her. The 504 committee that developed her plan decided to try an online placement for your one class to see if the online environment is an appropriate fit for future classes. So far, it seems she is enjoying and thriving in your class; she has been active in the class for the first couple of weeks, crafting thoughtful and meaningful posts and responses to classmates, she is asking questions when she needs clarification on a direction or a concept, and is turning in assignments and taking tests and quizzes on a regular basis. However, you notice she is turning in her work at various times, not necessarily in order as per the pacing schedule with due dates you have provided.

What Would I Do?

I decided to write about the female student who has ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). She started off great but I noticed while she is turning in her work, she is doing it at various times, not necessarily in order as per the pacing schedule with due dates I have provided.

The challenges I believe may be happening for this student based on the information provided in the scenario is that her ADHD is affecting her ability to stay organized and on track. While she was provided a pacing schedule with due dates, she might not be referring to it. Proper communication of what to do that week would be helpful to her (as well as other students who struggle with organization).

Three online communication tools that I would use to help her get back on track and stay on track are phone call/emails, news announcements and remind.com.

The first tool I would use in this situation is a phone call. I would talk to the student to make sure she is aware of the calendar, the pacing schedule and the news announcements. I would make sure she knew that there were assignments that had to be done for that week to avoid late penalty. I would also want to discuss with her how she has been keeping track of her assignments and see if there are any other extenuating circumstances. This phone call would then be followed up with an email reminding her of the conversation. From there I would send biweekly emails to make sure she kept on track.

Weekly News Announcements would be another important communication tool in this situation because it seems that the student is unclear about what needs to happen when. With a weekly news announcement, I would post the assignment schedule for that week. This would help the student to focus in on just that week instead of seeing the entire year schedule and getting overwhelmed. I would schedule the news announcement to post and then expire after the week is done. By seeing this news announcement, I would expect the student to turn in the work for that week instead of hopping around.

Finally, I would make sure the student and their family knew about remind.com and hopefully they would opt to sign in. By using this tool I would be able to send text messages to parents and students reminding them of the due date and what is due that week for the course.

By utilizing phone call/email, news announcements and remind.com I believe that she will get back on track.

So, what would you do?

The Study Hall Summer Camp

Are you looking to round out the summer with a bang?

The Study Hall Education Consulting Company is hosting an all inclusive summer camp July 24- July 26, 2019.

Wednesday, July 24 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Bible Activity
  • Arts & Crafts Activity – Making T-Shirts
  • Seven Springs Water-park Field Trip
  • Backyard Camp Out with Smores

Thursday, July 25 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Bible Activity
  • Arts & Crafts Activity – Making Praying Journals
  • Children’s Museum of Atlanta Field Trip

Friday, July 26 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Bible Activity
  • Arts & Crafts Activity – Surprise Craft
  • Legoland Field Trip

The cost for this three-day summer camp is $150 per camper which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Parents must be present for all activities. To register for this camp please fill out the contact form below and an invoice will be sent to you.

Registration

Lifeschooling… Is it just for Homeschoolers?

What is Lifeschooling?

I first heard about this concept when the founder of the Lifeschooling Conference reached out to me regarding my Real World Math talks.

I was drawn to the concept because I believe learning happens all around us.

So what is lifeschooling?

Lifeschooling is the individualized process of discovering your child’s God-given gifts and talents, primarily through real life experiences that happen within the context of your family’s unique situations and missions.

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As I thought about this definition of lifeschooling I realized that this isn’t just for homeschoolers but it applies to every parent of a school aged child.

Imagine what life would be like if we took time to pray and ask God to help us discover our child’s God-given gifts and talent?

What it would be like to allow the real life experiences to influence learning?

What it would be like to have it fit our lifestyle?

You might find yourself saying like Danielle:

“So, what should they learn from year to year?”

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Well here’s the answer:

“It’s not complicated. We should simply ask God and then expect Him to answer. How many homeschoolers start planning their homeschool year by asking the Lord to show them what they need to do?”

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Are you interested in learning more? Join us for the FREE Life Schooling Conference which starts Thursday, July 11 and ends on July 13. Click hereto register today!

Go beyond curriculum… Learn REAL world ways to incorporate math into everyday life! Join us July 11-13 at the Lifeschooling Conference!

Grocery Store Math

Discover the excitement of math in the real world using grocery store mathematics.

Meets Once a Week for 10 Weeks for 45 Minutes

This live math course starts on September 11, 2019 and ends on November 20, 2019 on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time with no class on October 23, 2019.

*Students who cannot meet live will receive a recording.

Students always want to know “when will we ever use this!” Grocery store mathematics is a fresh way to teach mathematics in the real world, also known as consumer math or home economics. This is a complete semester in which students will learn how to use mathematics to stay under budget while shopping. In this class students will get to go shopping to practice their real world skills.

The classes in this series are:

  • In Module 1 students will learn what estimation(rounding) is, why estimation is important and how to use estimation when shopping. Students will learn how to round prices to the nearest dollar and ten cent.
  • In Module 2 students will learn how to add and subtract prices that are rounded to the nearest dollar or ten cent.
  • In Module 3 students will learn how to understand the weekly store ads and use them.
  • In Module 4 students will learn how to calculate the prices of produce measured by pounds.
  • In Module 5 students will learn how to calculate sales prices
  • In Module 6 student will learn how to add up all the prices to calculate sales tax.
  • Module 7 is the culminating project in which students combine all that they learn to create a budget for a week’s work of groceries, create a menu plan for that week, create a shopping list and execute the shopping list while staying under budget.

Prior Knowledge:

Students should know how to add and subtract whole numbers.

This course includes hands-on, real learning activities. Parents and students will be asked to determine a budget for grocery shopping, make a simple list and go to the grocery store with their family to practice what was learned.

Field Trips Encouraged:

Parents will be asked to download the zoom app and take a field trip with their kids to the grocery store to help them shop in the culminating project. Parents are encouraged to reward their children with a prize (that is within the budget) if the children manage to estimate correctly while shopping.

Live Lessons

Students will join the live lessons via Zoom.us .While is it strongly encouraged to use the desktop/laptop you may also join via phone.

System Requirements

Students should meet the following system requirements:

  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  • A webcam or HD webcam – built-in or USB plug-in
  • Or, a HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card

Additional Items

Students will need the following additional items:

  • Google Email for Parent
  • Google Email Student (with parent having access)
  • Additional Materials List will be supplied by the instructor as necessary.
  • Bound notebook, pencil, calculator, clipboard for shopping

Questions?

Still have questions? Call us at 404.644.8391 or email them to us at thestudyhalledu@gmail.com

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How Do I Start Homeschooling?

Have you ever thought about homeschooling but didn’t know where to start?

Whether you are new to homeschooling, a veteran homeschooler or just interested in homeschooling, Start Your Homeschool Year Strong is the course for you and it’s on sale for only $5!

You can go as slow or as fast as you want in this course as you get daily actionable items and tangible resources.

In addition to unlimited email support in this course you will find:

  • Daily Action Items
  • Audio Tracks to you can listen while you work
  • Templates for Routines, Schedules and Calendars
  • Templates for Attendance, Report Card and Transcripts
  • Steps and Tools to Create Your Own Homeschool Curriculum

You will also find additional tools such as samples of lunch menus and other resources to get your home and school running smoothly.

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3 Benefits of Using Math Fundamentals Grade 1 by Evan-Moor

As a busy, working, homeschooling mother of three I am always looking for inexpensive but effective ways to homeschool my three children. 

This year my youngest, who is 6 years old, has finally made it to the “big leagues”! 

He has been begging for work which looks more like his older siblings but I have been hold back with him since I’ve adopted the “Better Late than Early” philosophy by Dr. Raymond Moore.  His approach advocates that you don’t subject your children to formal, scheduled study before age 8 to 10 or 12, whether they can read or not.  You can read more about his formula here

Since my youngest is not 8 yet, I didn’t want to push him too much.  We have been counting aloud to 120 by tens and by ones and I would be content with that but he alas is not.

Since I was scoping out curriculum for my eight year old I decided why not check out the curriculum for him too.  I’m happy I did.

I was given the opportunity to review Evan-Moor’s Math Fundamentals Grade 1

There are several benefits to this program.

First, there are Math Models for every lesson. 

The math model example tells the parent what to say to the child, shows a picture of it and then it allows the child to create their own model either on paper or using manipulatives like counters if you have them. This helps your child to truly understand the concept.   Based on my philosophy of learning, I think this is ideal for my six year old because he is not bogged down by worksheets.  It’s a simple teach and go.  Math Fundamentals is focused on helping the students get the concept. 

The second benefit to this program is that it is correlated to current standards.

As a homeschool parent I often wonder how my children would measure up to peers their own age.  Math Fundamentals takes all the mystery out of it by aligning the workbook to standards and placing them at the bottom of every page.

The final benefit to this program is the Suggested Teaching Path. 

Pay close attention to page 8 when you first open the workbook, don’t skip the intro section!  The book is not presented in teaching order which can be confusing.  For example, it is suggested you start with Counting and Number Sequence on page 83, then jump to add and subtract within 20 on page 51 back to Equivalency and Unknown Numbers on page 73, to Place Value on pages 103 and 119 all the way back to Operations and Number Relationships on page 37 and Word Problems on page 11 to name a few.  Thankfully the Suggested Teaching Path explains all of this, but if you skipped this section it can be frustrating.

There is an answer key included at the end of this workbook to make sure your child gets the correct answer.  Evan-Moor’s Math Fundamentals are available for students in grades 1 – 6.

What’s the verdict?

If I were Siskel & Ebert Evan-Moor’s Math Fundamentals Grade 1 would get four thumbs up (They have two hands each right 😊).  It has the right amount of problems for emerging learners. Since I don’t want to tax his young mind, three-five problems at his age was perfect. Great job Evan-Moor!


Five Test-Taking Tips for Standardized Testing

Basic Math

According to Kaplan, there are five keys to success when taking a standardized test.

Key 1 – Triage the Test

When you triage the test your goal is to move through the test at least three times.  The first time is to answer easy questions with quick answers.  If the question is taking more than 30 seconds it does not have a quick answer.  Make a note of it in your booklet (or scratch paper if you are not allowed to write in the booklet) and com back to it later.  The second time is to answer the questions that you know how to do, but are time consuming.  The third and last time is to work through the hard questions.

Key 2 – Elimination

If you know some of the answer choices are incorrect, eliminate them and look at the ones that are left.  Make an educated guess if you are still unsure.

Key 3 – Use a Letter of the Day

There will be some questions that you have NO CLUE how to do.  This is when your letter of the day comes in handy.  Before you begin the test, choose your letter (1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, etc.).  When you get to a question that you know you don’t know how to do, choose your letter of the day and move on. Don’t waste your time on it.

Key 4 – Learn the Material Tested

There is no substitution for studying.  Most standardized tests, even state tests give you an overview of the material to be covered.  Learn it :-).  Get a tutor to help you!

Key 5 – Practice, Practice, Practice

The more you practice test questions the more comfortable you will become at testing and the better you will be.
To help you be ready we have created a test survival kit.  Click here to get yours today.  What do you do to help you prepare for a standardized test?