Sharon
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Re: Geometry Question #3
Posted:
Jun 18, 2009 7:42 AM



Not true.? Let me tell you why.? I teach in the private sector.? We receive NYSTL money.? This is money from the state that allows us to purchase our textbooks.? Any book not conforming to the standards is disallowed.? Plain and simple, we are not allowed to purchase it.?
Maybe things are different in the public sector, but I don't really see why they should be.
Sharon
"Any textbook that the state of New York or your local government pays for must conform to the standards"
This is simply not supported by statute or guideline.
Where districts go through a textbook approval process, the best they can do is go for a "best match"  and in their judgment.
Ask SED if you can use a weird book, and they say it is your choice, as long as you teach the material in the standards.
Original Message From: Jonathan <jd2718@gmail.com> To: nyshsmath@mathforum.org Sent: Thu, Jun 18, 2009 7:29 am Subject: Re: Geometry Question #3
"Any textbook that the state of New York or your local government pays for must conform to the standards"
This is simply not supported by statute or guideline.
Where districts go through a textbook approval process, the best they can do is go for a "best match"  and in their judgment.
Ask SED if you can use a weird book, and they say it is your choice, as long as you teach the material in the standards.
Jonathan Halabi
On Thu, Jun 18, 2009 at 7:17 AM, <msedfun@aol.com> wrote:
Any textbook that the state of New York or your local government pays for must conform to the standards.? That's why there are approved and unapproved texts, and that's why there are New York State editions (especially in math).? If you look at some of the available high school math books, you will find that there is an extra chapter for the lucky state of New York.? That's because we require things that lie outside most standard curricula at the given grade level.
The text, in an ideal world, would present everything that is required by the state.? Maybe we don't live in an ideal world.
Sharon
Original Message
From: Tennantij@aol.com
To: nyshsmath@mathforum.org
Sent: Thu, Jun 18, 2009 6:38 am
Subject: Re: Geometry Question #3
guess I am glad I teach middle school as I do not even use a text book, I know all of the PI and standards and go from therefor us there really is no book that has all of our standards and PI in one book for 7th and 8th. If I went from a text book, I would be missing certain things that we are supposed to teach. I am not so sure that a book necessarily has the mandatory curriculumdon't you have to go from the state's content and process strands?
Iva Jean
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In a message dated 6/18/2009 6:28:44 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, msedfun@aol.com writes:
I want to raise a question here.? Yes  we teach beyond the textbook because we have the background  but isn't the textbook supposed to represent the mandatory curriculum?? If it is, then should the students be tested beyond the textbook?? I don't think so.?
Sharon
Original Message
From: eleanorevo@aol.com
To: nyshsmath@mathforum.org
Sent: Thu, Jun 18, 2009 12:12 am
Subject: Re: Geometry Question #3
With all this discussion about question number 3 and which resource has the definitive answer.... it is important to remember that a large number of "math teachers" are, in fact, NOT math majors. ?The number of people who are teaching math "out of certification" is a problem that needs to be addressed. ?They use the student text as their "Bible," and may not have a willing and capable math mentor in their building.
The majority of the posters here are "math people" and teach beyond the textbook, because we have the background. ?I am really puzzled at how a history teacher who fulfilled the minimum math requirement in high school and college suddenly can teach math because there is a math position open and the history position was excessed.
And we wonder why the students don't know math ?!?
Original Message
From: MathCaryl@aol.com
To: nyshsmath@mathforum.org
Sent: Wed, Jun 17, 2009 9:55 pm
Subject: Re: Geometry Question #3
I can tell you as a middle school teacher myself, I discussed or introduced dilation by negative scale factors however, it was not the item I tested. But it is possible for a student to remember a dilation of scale factor negative one. In class,?I asked the students which scale factor would not change the size in the hopes of reminding them of the mult iplicative identity.
I believe the discussion is worthwhile as it hopefully prevents other errors in the future.
Caryl Lorandini
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