Why am I here? You need a qualified math teacher!
A great math teacher is hard to find. Although there is no substitute for a qualified, experienced, and effective math teacher, Cool Math Guy (CMG) can help when a dream candidate is unavailable or prohibitively expensive.
CMG video math programs not only provide a veteran math teacher, they fully support the host teacher. Schools can deliver a complete math course that students enjoy, parents admire, teachers can easily manage (with CMG support) and schools save money.
I began using Chalk Dust (now Cool math Guy) with my oldest son when he started Pre-Algebra. We continued with these materials for his entire high school math career. He went on to make a perfect score in math on both the PSAT and the SAT. I soon realized that he needed AP Calculus. I approached our small hybrid school about using Cool Math Guy videos and, having an engineering background, offered to proctor the class. That was over 10 years ago and we have been successfully using Cool Math Guy for all that time. Students, parents, and admin have all been very happy with the course. Students have gone on to be successful on the AP exam and in their college math courses. I regularly have students and parents come back telling me what a great foundation they received. We have now adopted these videos for many of our math courses and couldn’t be happier with our partnership with Cool Math Guy.
SA Teacher
Absorb
Watch the lessons you need at your own pace. Rewind and watch as many times as it takes.
Interact
Ask questions in a virtual classroom environment, or send questions directly to the instructor.
Measure
Take quizzes at the end of lessons, and monitor your progress throughout each course.
What is included?
Video Instruction
Complete series of video tutorials organized by lesson/topic
Testing Materials
Tests, practice tests, and answer keys
Resources Guide
Sources for reasonably priced textbooks and solutions guides
Curriculum
Map
Assignment lists to build or supplement your curriculum
Teacher
Support
Personalized support from Dana or teachers currently
Ready to Get Started?
How Does it Work?: Getting Started
- Get textbooks. As classes form for the year and students register for math courses, send parents the ISBNs for textbooks and solutions guides. Links to online vendors can be found on the Cool Math Guy website.
- Collect funds for video access for each student. One-year access to the video program is $80 per student.
- Buy the program. When you know the final headcount for your math class, proceed to Purchase Now and follow directions for payment.
- Get access codes for students and yourself. Once your checkout is complete, you will immediately receive a coupon code for the number of students you entered, plus one more code for yourself to access the CMG videos.
- Distribute codes and setup instructions. The coupon codes you receive include step-by-step instructions on getting set up.
What are the benefits?
Students
Get instant access to easy-to-understand Math Lessons so you can perform better in classes, tests, and final exams. Ask questions in a virtual classroom setting, or directly to the instructor for personal tutoring.
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Teachers
Need help with your Lesson Plans? Take the work out of planning your Math Lessons by watching ours! You can easily find the Math Course and lesson you need to teach and either get a brush up, or play the math lesson via the internet to your classroom TV or projector.
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Groups & Classes
Take advantage of our Educators Group Rate and experience what it’s like using the “flip the class” teaching technique. Students watch our lessons as part of their homework, and classroom time is used for review and Q&A.
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Home School Parents / Students
Bring one of the most recognized Math teachers in the world home to you! Ask questions in a virtual classroom environment.
Geometry Section 1.1 Sets, Statements and Reasoning
Prealgebra Section 1.5 The Order of Operations Agreement
Algebra 2 Section 3.3 Factoring Polynomials
Calculus Section 6.1 Basics of Differential Equations
College Algebra Section 4.4 Conic Sections
Arithmetic – 2.2 Introduction to Fractions
FAQ (From Students)
Scientific calculators are helpful beginning in upper-level arithmetic, but you want to avoid calculator dependence.
Teachers typically determine how much emphasis to put on calculators. It’s important that students are strong in a technique (such as multiplication, or graphing a linear inequality) before they are allowed calculators that do the technique for them.
In general, calculators should be used only to save time, after the relevant concepts are learned thoroughly. Basic formulas should be memorized.
With the above guideline in mind, seek scientific and graphing calculators with functions that are appropriate for the course or grade level. Keep in mind that AP tests, ACT and SAT, and other standardized exams have “prohibited models” of calculators and very specific rules concerning calculator use.
First, math content is the same either way. Every kid needs to learn the same concepts, no matter where they go to school or who their teacher is. What makes a difference – getting through difficulty on to success – is the teacher’s style of delivery and the kind of help students get when they’re stuck.
You can get a feel for Cool Math Guy’s teaching style by looking at the free sample videos. Preferences will of course be subjective, but you can hear how Dana’s delivery is clear and conversational no matter the topic.
When students get stuck on a problem, they get help by asking questions in class; asking classmates, parents, or tutors; or by finding other examples in their study materials. All of these options are available to students who learn by video – with the added option of replaying their video teacher’s explanation.
FAQ (From Teachers)
Divide the student score by the total score, then turn the decimal into a percent.
Suppose a student scores 75 out of 82 on the test. Think of it first as a fraction expressed as 75/82. 75 divided by 82 is 0.9146… which is 91%. The grading scale at most schools for 90%-100% is an A.
Actually, yes. We know a math teacher in Georgia who started the same way. She had an engineering degree, so she understood how to do the math, but she had no experience teaching and, therefore, not much confidence. She used the Cool Math Guy videos in her class, and by watching the videos herself, became a very accomplished and confident teacher. She now teaches AP Calculus AB at her small private school.
FAQ (General)
You can easily cancel your monthly subscription at any time. Simply go to the MY ACCOUNT section. In the Left column click “Subscriptions.” You may manage and cancel your active subscriptions here.
We do not offer any supplemental material at this time. However, the instructor does cover several example problems in each video segment and we do have a list of corresponding textbooks and solutions manuals that you may optionally purchase on your own.
Yes. Just call the phone number on the website and we will set you up. You may also purchase group packages for your students using the “Educators” products on the site. You might be interested to know that some schools use the video to train their teachers and many teachers use video to brush up on topics or to learn new ways to present them. Some schools even use the video as their primary teacher. Upon purchasing one Educators Package, the teacher gets unlimited access to our entire Math library.
The Department of Education in each state produces a list of standards that students are expected to achieve in each course. Those standards are remarkably similar from state to state and the major textbook publishers produce books that address those standards. Therefore, the scope and sequence of math topics are remarkably similar from textbook to textbook and the video elements on this site address those standards as well.
There is no guarantee, but experience indicates a one letter-grade improvement or better for almost every student that uses the videos, even those with special needs. That performance expectation is not unreasonable when you consider some of the differences between classroom instruction and video instruction:
- Video instruction can be repeated
- Video instruction has no distractions
- Video instruction is available at any time of day
- Video instruction is available when the student is ill or on vacation
Video instruction is just as likely as a tutor to make a difference for students and it is much less expensive. When watching the video, try to create a setting with few distractions. Complete quiet is not necessary, but try to avoid any loud outbursts from other sources. Apart from watching video, encourage the completion of homework in your classes.
Ask your children to watch one or two free sample sections with you. Watch them as they watch the video. You should know within moments if the video instruction is engaging them. Ask if they follow the conversation and enjoy the presentation style. [You are way ahead if they are onboard with the video instruction idea.]
With their help, find where they are in their book. Click on “Courses, Lessons, Prices and Checkout” and navigate to a course and table of contents. Select the corresponding topic in the table of contents and follow the simple instructions for checkout. Encourage your children to watch the video more than once for reinforcement.
Although most students will seek help only when confused or behind, the most effective way to utilize the video instruction is to become proactive. That is, watch video corresponding with classroom topics before the topics are presented in class. Doing so will make math seem very easy and will enhance long-term memory of topics.
For many students, yes, but a good tutor, like a good teacher, is invaluable for some students. It depends on the needs of the student so it might be wise to experiment a bit. That is, try the video without a tutor at first and if you are not getting where you want to be, bring on a tutor. If a tutor is needed for your child, you will find the videos will reinforce the tutor’s instruction, making both more effective. By the way, some tutors already recommend our videos and use them to help their students.