FAQ: General eMATHinstruction Questions

What and who is eMATHinstruction?

eMATHinstruction was founded in 2008 by Kirk Weiler. The company, Emath Instruction Inc. was then formed in 2015. We are a math education company with the mission of creating and providing high quality mathematics curricula and resources that are simple for teachers to implement and engaging for students to use. At eMATHinstruction we understand what teachers face every day in the classroom. We understand that there are intrusions to instruction time. We understand that students are absent from class. We understand that students sometimes struggle with concepts. Our simple system of lessons with accompanying homework sets and videos take these realities into account. Our curricula are carefully scaffolded to develop and hone mathematical skills with deeper understanding of concepts. At eMATHinstruction we try to make math fun, accessible, easy to understand and give every student the confidence to succeed. To learn more visit our What We Do page.

Who is Kirk Weiler?

Kirk Weiler is the founder, creator and principal writer of eMATHinstruction. He grew up in central Illinois and earned a B.S. in Engineering from the University of Illinois and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Cornell University. After working as a water resources engineer for several years, Kirk decided to change course and pursue teaching. He then earned an M.S. in Mathematics Education from Syracuse University. Kirk taught for seventeen years at Arlington High School in LaGrangeville, NY. He coached the Math League team and taught courses ranging from pre-algebra to AP Calculus and advanced third semester calculus. During the last five years at Arlington Kirk also served as the mathematics department chair. Kirk has an exceptional gift for presenting mathematics in a clear, understandable manner. This can be experienced through the lessons he creates and his videos. In his spare time Kirk can be found playing soccer, baking bread or trying to get brussels sprouts to grow in the garden. His favorite vegetable is Romanesco cauliflower. Google it and you will see why. It’s a very mathematical vegetable. Learn more on our Who We Are page.

What is the eMATHinstruction system?

The core of the eMATHinstruction curricula is available for free with the option of purchasing a membership for premium content. Our website provides online curricula for seven middle and high school mathematics courses. We offer a free set of downloadable online materials for each course, including lessons, homework-sets, and videos. Additionally, we offer premium content, including answer keys, assessments, exit tickets, and more through a paid yearly membership. Student workbooks, which include the complete lessons, homework sets and unit reviews, are also available for purchase as an alternative to downloading and printing the free online materials.

Who is eMATHinstruction material intended for?

Our goal at eMATHinstruction is to provide curricula that makes teaching math easier for educators and learning math more fun for students. The structure of our curricula is intended for teachers to use in part or whole with their students. Lessons are designed for a typical, 40-minute class. Accompanying homework sets are designed to reinforce each lesson. YouTube videos are also available to provide additional instruction for each lesson. Lessons and units are scaffolded to build upon skills learned in previous lessons and units. eMATHinstruction materials can be effectively used as a homeschool curriculum or for additional instruction outside of school, but our primary focus is providing high quality curricula for educators and students in middle school and high school classrooms.

How closely does the curricula align to my state’s standards?

eMATHinstruction courses are first designed with learning and true understanding of mathematical concepts in mind. Our Common Core series of courses is specifically aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) as defined by the PARCC Consortium. Our N-Gen Math series of courses is specifically aligned to the Next Generation Math Learning Standards (NGMLS) as defined by the State of New York. Note that many state standards are very similar to both CCSS and NGMLS. You can see how our courses and resources stack up to each state in the United States by using our standards alignment tool powered by EdGate. For more information on how to use the standards alignment tool visit our blog post.

Are there courses in any other languages?

All of our N-Gen Math middle school courses including N-Gen Math 6, 7 and 8 are translated into Spanish. Our two Algebra I courses including N-Gen Math Algebra I and Common Core Algebra I are also translated into Spanish. Our YouTube videos are recorded in English but when closed captioning is turned on they can be subtitled in any language.

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