Dennis DiNoia has been immersed in education for over 25 years. He holds a M.A. in Education from the University of South Florida and has been a Florida State Certified Secondary Mathematics Teacher since 1988. He is affectionately known to all of his students as Mr. D.
Mr. D had also provided his skills for many years to homeschool families as a private tutor. Four years ago a mom stated: “Mr. D, my son finally understands Algebra. Would you please just write your own book?” For the past four years, Mr. D did just that. The curriculum has been designed for students taking pre-algebra to pre-calculus. This math program infuses problem solving and treating math as a language as the basis for its delivery and offers the equivalent of a personal teacher in one’s home or co-op.
Mr. D has had great success in assisting students to raise their test scores on SAT/ACT/FCAT and other standardized tests. Due to the need for assistance in this area, he created SAT/ACT preparation seminars and online videos based upon his years of experience in the school system and private tutoring industry.
Mr. D also served as the Standardized Testing Consultant for Kamaile Academy PCS, a K-12 charter school program located in Waianae, HI from 2012-14. In this position he was given the task of transforming the pupils’ standardized test results because this school was in the bottom 5% of the state with regard to test score results. Using his proven test taking strategies, Mr. D redesigned the school’s test preparation, administration, and implementation for the 2012-13 school year. The school has now seen the most dramatic test score improvement in its 30 plus year history and was awarded the “Most Improved Charter School” in all the Hawaiian Islands. Waianae has the highest population of native Hawaiians than any of the Hawaiian Islands. In an area where only 6% of the population attends college, the paradigm has shifted. High school students are now taking college courses while still in high school.
Jody Hagaman and her husband Tony have three kids, ages 26 to 15. Jody’s story of how her son asked to be homeschooled has inspired tens of thousands of families around the nation. A true homeschooling success story, that son is now an attorney in New Hampshire and is the New England Regional Director of The Concord Coalition, a bipartisan organization dedicated to advocating responsible fiscal policy. As a community leader, Jody has served on the board of directors of many local non-profit organizations. Her work experience as a corrections officer on a crisis intervention team inspired her to make a difference in the lives of the next generation.
Jenni Stahlmann is the mom of six kids (ages 2 to 16), including one on the autism spectrum. She and her husband Matthew homeschool the whole brood. Jenni has been a journalist for more than 20 years, having covered government, business and family issues for a wide range of magazines and newspapers. Currently, she and Jody co-host a weekly radio show, write freelance articles and columns and speak on topics that affect parents and families.
Jenni’s oldest, who turns 17 this year, is on the autism spectrum. Her 15 year old daughter is an opera singer, who has
performed in six professional operas and is an award winning writer. Jenni also has a middle schooler, two elementary aged kids and a toddler.
In Fascinating Education lessons, Dr. Margulies flips the teaching process and approaches science through the “right hemisphere” of the brain. Instead of using a written text as the primary teaching tool, he uses simple, colorful illustrations as the primary teaching tool and supplements that with text, in the form of attached audio files, to explain the illustrations.unique
Throughout the lessons, Dr. Margulies uses questions and answers to engage students in an interactive relationship. Lessons generally begin with an everyday observation or commonly known fact and ask why that happens. The answer to one question elicits another question, and the process repeats itself one step at a time in simple English without terms of art. Terminology is given; however, it is not a prerequisite to understanding.
Students are also given a roadmap for each curriculum so that they understand why they are learning each topic within the curriculum. Emphasis is also made to apply the lessons to the students’ everyday lives. Students are tested frequently to ensure that they are keeping up.
The result is an efficient and effective way to learn science – in school, after school, home school, or simply to understand the world around you. Complete Fascinating Chemistry, Fascinating Biology, and Fascinating Physics and you will never look at the world around you the way you do now. You will become the child you once were, asking why this happens and wondering whether you can do it better. Boredom will be a thing of the past. The Fascinating Education curricula:
Lisa Cherry is the founder of our Frontline Moms and Dads blog. This blog is a little different. We tackle some of the “sticky subjects” concerned with parenting kids in a world gone mad.
I love to read posts that inspire my “homemaking side,” but I must admit I need some posts that equip me to lead my children through the landmines that are destroying young lives all around us!
In days gone by, church potlucks provided the forum for great meetings. Now, we meet on line. With not only a change in menu but also a change in spiritual climate! In case you haven’t noticed, it’s nasty out there. Today Christian values are the “Remnant”– not the mainstream.
Frontline Moms and Dads, we must sharpen our parenting skills and prepare our kids.
We will meet here 3-4 times a week. Our posts will mostly fall under the following headings:
As we share together, I am certain we will cry a little and laugh a lot. We are strong believers in Him and we will grow to meet our challenges!