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Trivium Connect FAQ

How do I sign up for a Trivium Connect class?

If you are in HS you'll want to contact Ginelle Libby.


If you are in 4th - 8th grade you'll want to order the class of your choice from within the curriculum shop. If you need assistance with the curriculum shop you can contact your curriculum advisor: Debbi Lang dlang@triviumcharter.org in Atascadero, Jill Beyea jbeyea@triviumcharter.org in Arroyo Grande, Jeannie Saunders jsaunders@triviumcharter.org in Santa Maria, Marla Johnson mjohnson@triviumcharter.org in Lompoc, and Jane Soto jsoto@triviumcharter.org in Santa Barbara.


Can I still sign up for a class if we can’t attend at the scheduled times?


Connect is designed to be attended three days a week by the student during the live session.  This will provide the student all of the benefits of the class - much like ACE days are designed to be attended 2 days a week.  We are recording the sessions because, as we know, life happens from time to time.  Connect sessions will have interactive components, live group discussions, etc...so watching the class after the fact on the recording will not be the same experience for the student but it does allow the student to see and hear the content that was covered.  If a student routinely misses a session every week because of a conflicting commitment and the student is able to watch, learn and stay on pace with the class from the recorded session, then that schedule clearly works for that student and family.  The student may be assigned 'solo' work or an alternative assignment if they are missing large amounts of participation time.  Each teacher will arrange that given the situation.  But what if the student is routinely missing sessions and not able to keep up either because the recording doesn't provide the interaction they need to learn or the student is not watching the recordings?  This scenario describes a student that is not making appropriate progress and we will need to figure out an alternative path that may include a commitment to attending the live sessions or using a different program that delivers the instruction in an on-demand format.  


Our online classroom platform does have apps for phone and tablets, so it is possible for your student to attend class from anywhere if they have internet access.


Additional information:

Trivium Connect Info from our Executive Director

A little more about Trivium Connect.  Connect is designed to be attended three days a week by the student during the live session.  This will provide the student all of the benefits of the class - much like ACE days are designed to be attended 2 days a week.  We are recording the sessions because, as we know, life happens from time to time.  Connect sessions will have interactive components, live group discussions, etc...so watching the class after the fact on the recording will not be the same experience for the student but it does allow the student to see and hear the content that was covered.  If a student routinely misses a session every week because of a conflicting commitment and the student is able to watch, learn and stay on pace with the class from the recorded session, then that schedule clearly works for that student and family.  The student may be assigned 'solo' work or an alternative assignment if they are missing large amounts of participation time.  Each teacher will arrange that given the situation.  But what if the student is routinely missing sessions and not able to keep up either because the recording doesn't provide the interaction they need to learn or the student is not watching the recordings?  This scenario describes a student that is not making appropriate progress and we will need to figure out an alternative path that may include a commitment to attending the live sessions or using a different program that delivers the instruction in an on-demand format.  


As many of you know, I have 4 children who I homeschooled and they would all need to attend the live sessions regularly to keep pace.  I can guarantee they'd have the best of intentions to watch the recorded session "later" but it would probably never move up to the top of the to-do list :)   I have one child left to homeschool and she's going to be part of Trivium Connect and will be making the live attendance a priority because she has to do math anyways and.... I SO do not want to teach Algebra 1 for the 4th time.  My hat is off to all of you who do!  


For those of you who have superstar students who can routinely fill in a weekly session with the recorded content, great!  As we go through this first year, we will all be learning what works great and what doesn't and sharing those insights with families in future years.  For those of you, like me, who know that the live interaction is crucial for your student's success, I'd encourage you to make the live, Connect schedule a priority.........because math and English has to happen anyways.....might as well just get 'er done!   During or after the Connect Orientations, parents can ask specific questions if they think they will need to have some modifications to the schedule and what that may look like.  I hope this helps clear up some of the questions around our new Connect program.




How do I know which class to choose for my child?

A typical math student can simply be placed based on grade:

4th/5th grade - Preparatory Math

6th grade - MS Math A

7th grade - MS Math B

8th grade - Pre-Algebra

9th grade - Algebra 1

10 grade - Algebra 2 or Geometry

11th grade - Algebra 2 or Geometry


Placement tests are available from your Curriculum Coordinator.


English is a bit more nuanced and you can choose based on your observations of your child’s reading and writing ability. The classes are mixed levels, and we have 2 middle school English classes for 3 grade levels.


4th/5th Reading/writing class - typical 4th/5th graders; struggling 6th grader

MS English A - typical 6th grader - typical 7th grader

MS English B - more advanced 7th grader - all 8th graders

 

Placement tests are available from your Curriculum Coordinator.

If we sign up for the 4/5 ELA class do we need to order additional spelling and grammar curriculum?

No; the class should cover the objectives. However, if you would like your student to have spelling practice and spelling tests specifically, you should do a spelling program in addition.

Can I see examples of the curriculum?

For all English classes we will be drawing heavily from Moving Beyond the Page novel studies. You can see examples of their curriculum on their website. Keep in mind that we may not use those specific lessons, and are using other resources as well.

Students will receive hard copies of all novels.


4th/5th: https://www.movingbeyondthepage.com/curriculum/samples.aspx?level=Age-9-11

MS English A: https://www.movingbeyondthepage.com/curriculum/samples.aspx?level=Age-10-12

MS English B: https://www.movingbeyondthepage.com/curriculum/samples.aspx?level=Age-11-13


For all math classes we are using Discovery Math Techbooks as our base curriculum. You can see an overview of the curriculum on their website. Your child will have a write-in workbook, online materials, live instruction, and a daily office hour and study hall to get help.

https://www.discoveryeducation.com/solutions/math-techbook/


How much time will my child spend on a Connect class?

For math there are three instructional periods per week, each 75 minutes long. For English there are two instructional periods per week, each 75 minutes long. For math and language arts, additional support is offered weekly for each class in the afternoon via study hall.


The amount of time spent on each class will vary widely by student personality, ability, and focus.

On average, students can expect to spend about the following amount of time per week on their Connect classes.



Grade Level

Time in class

Time outside class

Total

4th-5th

Literature and Writing

2-3 h

1-2 h

3-4 h

Middle School levels

Complete English courses

Complete Math Courses

3-4 h

1-2 h

4-6 h

High School levels

Complete Math Courses

3-4 h

2-3 h

5-7 h