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Topic: urgent question that needs a response
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Virginia Kuryla

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Re: urgent question that needs a response
Posted: Feb 1, 2011 1:12 PM
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Our district does something like this. We offer Integrated Algebra (40 min daily) and Integrated Algebra Extended (40 min/80 min on an A/B schedule). We saw this a combining the students class with an integrated AIS period. The groups are smaller and also usually have an Spec Ed teacher or TA as a push-in for the "class" portion. The IA topics are covered, but usually in a different way. For example... most of the homework has become classwork. The students needed the teacher there to check they were practicing correctly and to assure that the practice occurred.

The first year, we tried to put all of our lowest special ed students (some of whom had been in special 15:1:1 math classes at middle school) into this model. Teachers and administration quickly saw that was not working when those students had 30s at 5 weeks. The administration created a 15:1:1 class for 9th grade to meet the needs of those students.

Good Luck! Change is never easy.

Ginny Kuryla

>>> <> 1/31/2011 4:03 PM >>>

I would think that if you are going to require these kids to complete the course in a single year that they will require added support. Instead of five periods a week, perhaps you can give three regular periods and two double periods? How about trying adding a period which is optional and the teacher is available to go over questions and provide additional practice for those students that want it? After all - a student who doesn't care and doesn't have the skills will fail regardless of how many periods you offer. But the student who is lacking in skills but sincerely wants to try to pass will take advantage of extra practice time. IMHO


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From: Betty Worthington <>
To: nyshsmath <>
Sent: Mon, Jan 31, 2011 2:47 pm
Subject: Re: urgent question that needs a response

Our school does the same thing. We do however have a lab set up for those kids that struggle. This is the first year that we have had all the kids in Integrated Algebra so I am not sure how they will do on the regents, or how much they will retain for the following year. We are however putting into place a non regents geometry, but only for those kids that are recommended for it. Hope this helps.

Betty Worthington
Math Teacher
Pavilion Central School
(585) 584-3115

>>> <> 1/31/2011 2:36 PM >>>
Our new Principal has decided that beginning in Sept. 2011, our school will only offer one type of Integrated Algebra Course. In other words, there will be no 1.5 year program or 2 year program for Integrated Algebra. By the way, all SPED students are also expected to take the 1 year program. There are absolutely no exceptions! And...the same thing is being done for Geometry as well.

So my question for you is this: Does your school offer only one level of Integrated Algebra for ALL students in the building? What do you think of this plan?

I'm sorry, but I need responses quickly because we are supposed to run next year's schedules later this week.

Thanks in advance!!!



James Fish

Mathematics Department
JFK High School
305 Cayuga Creek Road
Cheektowaga, NY 14227
(716)897-7800 ext. 1144

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