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Mr. Thomas E. Clark:  Homeschool Conference Speaker and Workshop Leader Details


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Clark, Thomas E. "Tom"

VideoText Interactive, Attn: Thomas Clark
P.O. Box 19761
Indianapolis, Indiana (IN)  46219
United States of America (US)

1-800-254-3272
Fax: 1-317-622-1396
Tom@videotext.com
Website(s) http://www.videotext.com
Featured Presentations2013 FPEA Tampa Bay STEM Conference (2013, FL)
2013 Texas Home School Coalition's State Convention & Family Conference (2013, TX)
Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention - Omaha (2013, NE)
Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention - Nashville (2013, TN)
Teach Them Diligently Homeschool Convention - Spartanburg (2013, SC)
2012 Southeast Homeschool Expo (SE HS Expo) (2012, GA)
2012 Alabama Homeschool Expo (2012, AL)
2012 FPEA Florida Homeschool Convention (2012, FL)
2012 28th Annual Home School Book Fair (2012, TX)
2012 SHEM Home Education Convention (2012, MO)
2012 MidWest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati (2012, OH)
2011 Southeast Homeschool Expo (SE HS Expo) (2011, GA)
2011 Home Educators Association of Virginia State Convention (2011, VA)
2011 MidWest Homeschool Convention in Cincinnati (2011, OH)
Workshop Presentations34th Annual CHEA Homeschool Convention (2017, CA)
32nd Annual CHEA of CA Homeschool Convention (2015, CA)
30th Annual CHEA Homeschool Convention (2013, CA)
28th Annual CHEA Convention (2011, CA)
2011 22nd Annual Heart of Illinois Convention for Home Educators (2011, IL)
2010 Wisconsin CHEA Annual Spring Conference (2010, WI)
2010 Annual Georgia Home Education Association's Conference (GHEA) (2010, GA)
2009 Annual Georgia Home Education Association's Conference (GHEA) (2009, GA)
Specialties
Presentation Titles & Descriptions

Identifying and Avoiding Trouble Spots in Math
Join Tom Clark as he offers an entertaining and educational session designed to help you discover the traditional trouble spots in math. Topics discussed will be determined by the audience, and may include division of fractions and multiplication of decimals, long-division, story-problems, positive and negative numbers, and numerous others, all of which seem to indicate that Mathematics is just naturally "difficult".

Can Mom or Dad Really "Teach" How To Solve Story Problems?
In this entertaining and instructional workshop you will develop, and learn how to use, the five analysis questions that must be asked to solve story problems, whether in simple arithmetic or in Algebra. The correct answers to these questions are guaranteed to lead students to the relation (equation or inequality) they must solve in order to find the answer to the problem.

Teenage Math - What to Teach, and How to Teach It
Are you struggling with teaching math to your teenagers? Do the words "ALGEBRA" and "GEOMETRY" strike fear in the hearts of your family? In this workshop, Tom Clark will offer a sometimes humorous exploration of the reasons that instruction can be difficult and will then get serious about WHY teenagers need higher level math. If you or your students have ever asked, "When are we going to use this Algebra stuff?", then this workshop is for you!

Is Math Straining your Relationship with your Children?  (Identifying the Trouble Spots)
Join Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, and author of “Algebra: A Complete Course”, and “Geometry: A Complete Course”, as he offers an entertaining and educational session designed to help you discover the reasons behind the difficulty, on several of the traditional trouble spots in math.  Topics discussed will be determined by the audience, and may include division of fractions and multiplication of decimals (using those mindless rules), long-division, story-problems, positive and negative numbers, and numerous others, all of which seem to indicate that Mathematics is just naturally “difficult”.

Deciding What to Teach in Mathematics
This workshop is designed to help parent-educators understand the scope, the sequence, and the logic of mathematics instruction from pre-school through adult. In addition, considerable attention will be given to identifying the why of the study of mathematics with an emphasis on the development of concepts, instead of rote memorization.

Simplifying Algebra for the Hesitant Learner
Algebra is the study of relations (equations and inequalities). It is therefore essential that students completely and conceptually understand the basic concepts necessary to solve them. In this workshop, Tom Clark will help you to develop an inquiry approach which is applicable to all basic relations. You will discover the analytical questions students need to ask in order to "undo" all of the complications they may encounter when solving equations and inequalities.

Teaching Math Without a Plan? You've Got to be Kidding!
This workshop is designed to help parent-educators understand the scope, the sequence, and the logic of mathematics instruction from pre-school through adult. Join Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, as he takes you on a sometimes humorous journey, describing all levels of arithmetic and all mathematics courses encountered in high school and college. In addition, considerable attention will be given to identifying the "why" of the study of mathematics with an emphasis on the development of concepts, instead of rote memorization.

What Is "Critical Thinking" and Can Anyone Do It?
Are your students learning passively, or are they involved in concept development? Are they figuring things out for themselves, or are they just learning tricks and shortcuts? Come brainstorm with Tom Clark, founder of VideoText Interactive, as he humorously explores with you, the reasons instruction can be difficult, developing along the way, a list of benchmark signals, and strategies which will help students *think* critically and analytically.

Teaching Mathematics with Art! (or is it Teaching Art with Mathematics?)
In this educational and entertaining workshop, Tom will explore the natural and logical connections between mathematics and art. He will investigate mathematical principles and show how they are related to, and illustrated by, artistic applications. Likewise, he will explore several artistic concepts and show how they are based on mathematical ideas. Of course, throughout, the importance of language and communication will be stressed, as these must play a key role in understanding both areas.

UH, OH! The Fractions Are Moving In! (There goes the neighborhood!)
Since algebraic fractions are a much more complex form than arithmetic fractions, the memorization of the operational techniques generally taught in arithmetic simply will not hold in Algebra. In this instructional workshop, Tom will humorously explain, in detail, the “reasons behind the rules.” Now students can develop a clear, conceptual approach to working with fractions - without a reliance on meaningless shortcuts and tricks - preparing them to be much more successful when working with algebraic relations.

Teaching Mathematics as a Language: What Gets Lost in Translation?
Did you know that mathematics has parts of speech and sentence structure, just as does any spoken language? Did you know that understanding the "grammar" of mathematics greatly helps student understanding of problem-solving and applications? In this workshop, Tom clearly and humorously demonstrates this quality of mathematical language. At last, you will truly understand the roles of all types of mathematical symbols, and you will see how easy it is to translate between mathematics and English, enabling you to improve your understanding and teaching of "story problems" at all levels.

Top Ten Myths about Homeschooling Math
Most homeschooling parents feel uneasy when planning math courses for their children. "We learned our math a long time ago," or "we learned it a different way," or maybe "we didn't learn it at all." How can we know if the methods we are using will achieve the desired results in our students? In this workshop, Tom will expose ten common myths about teaching math and then counter those myths with solid, practical help for parents. You will also leave with a checklist of items which can be used to determine the best math course for your students.

Problem Solving...

Algebra for Everyone: How Much Do We Really Need?


Thomas E.'s Achievements
  • Author:  Algebra: A Complete Course
  • Author:  Geometry: A Complete Course
  • Professional Mathematics and Science teacher for 35+ years
  • Founder (in 1995) and President:  VideoText Interactive
  • Former State Mathematics Supervisor for the Indiana Department of Education
  • Teacher of Mathematics and Science with more than 30 years of classroom and tutoring experience at all levels.
  • Winner of:  IUPUI Chancellors Award
  • Winner of:  Purdue Chancellors Award
  • Winner of:  Purdue School of Science Faculty Teaching Award
  • Mathematical works commissioned by the Houghton-Mifflin Publishing Co. and the Addison Wesley Publishing Co.
Clark's Bio

Thomas Clark, president of VideoText Interactive, is a life-long teacher of Mathematics and Science with 49 years of experience at all levels. As a result, he is convinced that everyone has the ability to understand mathematics. In the last 20 years, he has focused on the development of multimedia programs that challenge traditional methods of instruction by emphasizing the “why” of Mathematics, and has further directed his attention toward helping homeschooling parents become more effective instructors. He is the author of “Algebra: A Complete Course”, and “Geometry: A Complete Course (with Trigonometry)”, both of which are available in hard copy and online.

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My hope is that this list will assist conference organizers in connecting with Thomas E. "Tom" Clark and other workshop leaders and speakers. Furthermore, my desire is to help homeschool workshop leaders and speakers develop relationships with more convention planners and audiences. May your efforts be for the glory of Christ and the strengthening of His saints.

Disclaimer:  Balancing the Sword makes no claims about the speakers' faith, ability, materials, etc.  This speaker profile information is being provided free of charge.  Please click the links and do your own research before issuing an invitation to your conference.  Postings are subject to change.

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