Hi! My name is Alesia! I am a certified math teacher for over 17 years and together with my husband we have launched the UnLock Math Curriculum. We are so glad you decided to stop by!
I went to Trent University in my hometown of Peterborough. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Majoring in Mathematics and Computer Science from Trent University and a Bachelor of Education from Queens University. I am also a member of the Ontario College of Teachers certified in Intermediate and Senior Divisions Mathematics and Computer Science and hold a certification from the GPSC to teach Mathematics grades 7-12.
When I began teaching I quickly realized that most of my students would come into class needing to be retaught basic math; many students couldn’t add without using a calculator and had so much failure in their previous math experiences that their math anxiety overshadowed their true ability. I spent hours of my time with them in addition to their regular class schedule to help the students who wanted extra help. Nothing I did was enough to catch everyone up and then move on. It was a constant struggle of mine because I gave so much of my time to a school system that was failing our students and it was never enough. I began to come to terms with this sad fact but a small part of me was hoping that I would find a way to better educate and help all those struggling students. Even way back then in the beginning of my teaching career, wished I could reach more students than I could in person, to share my own love of math and combat the math anxiety that so many have.
This idea seemed WAY out there and quite frankly a little intimidating back then but as I gained experience and had children of my own I realized just how badly this type of math curriculum was needed! So that’s exactly what we did! My husband and I joined the business world and gave light to our dream to not only being able to work alongside each other every day but to reach those frustrated and weary students when it came to learning math.
One of the huge benefits of developing this program was that we too are homeschool parents and understand the struggles of picking what is right for your child. There are so many options on the market these days that it can be hard to know exactly what you are getting until after you purchase.
We’ve partnered with Maplesoft, to design questions in Maple T.A., many that are free-response questions, including questions that have more than one correct answer. Maple T.A. is top of the line when it comes to question programming. It allows standard mathematical notation in both the question text and student responses. The powerful Maple computational engine evaluates responses intelligently and instantly. This means that your child will get immediate feedback after every question to identify the areas that need more review. Students can have unlimited practice and only the best mark is recorded for grading; all grades are tracked in the Unlock Dashboard where students and/or parents can view their progress each time they log in. All you need to do after signing up is monitor progress and relax knowing your child’s math education is in good hands!
Each course has been designed from the ground up to be completely online, be easy to navigate, available anytime, and be effortless for parents. Unlock Math will put your child into a safe virtual classroom where they are the only student. No distractions. Just math. With a certified, accomplished and passionate teacher. It almost sounds too good to be true right? Lucky for you, it’s not! We designed this curriculum with your needs in mind specifically!