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Topic: [ap-calculus] Second year AP Calc teacher assigned to a AB/BC combo class needs your help, PLEASE
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Susan Cantey

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From: Cincinnati Ohio
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Re: [ap-calculus] Second year AP Calc teacher assigned to a AB/BC combo class needs your help, PLEASE
Posted: Jul 12, 2012 10:32 PM
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Combo is a terrible idea. Would they combine Algebra and Geometry students
in one class? How about Frencg and Spanish? Same idea.
Your results this year were very your administrators have some
kind of death wish?
In my opinion, if they can't afford a different section then they can't
afford to offer's a lie.
I would meet with your principal and try to explain that these are 2
different courses.

If there is no way to get out of this situation then the only thing to do is
put your BC-ers in the back of the room (or in the hallway) with a syllabus,
that is put them on independent study and teach the AB course to the rest of
the class. (Different tests too obviously.) You will have to set some
"office hours" for the BC-ers to ask questions, but in the main, they will
have to teach themselves from the text. Strong students can actually do
this...I have had BC-ers on independent study before who met with me at
lunch. It worked for some...not so well for others. If a BC-er decides
he/she can't "hack" it, let them drop back to AB and rejoin the class.

But you cannot teach 2 different curricula simultaneosly and keep your

If you want to contact me off line, I have a complete set of BC Power Point
lessons I'm willing to share that may help.


PS How many students will be in this combo class? Were all 36 in one class
this year? The largest AB class I ever had was 32 and I had the lowest
scores of my career that year...too many questions to address properly and
move on as we needed. I can do 36 in PreCalc, but not in AP.

----- Original Message -----
Subject: [ap-calculus] Second year AP Calc teacher assigned to a AB/BC combo
class needs your help, PLEASE

I know this question was brought up earlier in June, and Denis and S. Cantey
were able to reply to it, but I am in desperate need of more feedback from
you. Last year was my first year teaching Calculus, and I think I had
pretty good results. Out of 36 students, 26 decided to take the AB exam,
and 24 of the 26 scored at least a 4, with 15 of them scoring a 5. I don't
know if I could have done better for my first year, but I guess there is
always room for improvement.
My dilemma is that this upcoming year I will have an AB/BC combo class and I
am really stressed about it. Right now, my school is not even counting the
BC class as a Prep, and I don't see how that can be. I know I will work
just as hard for the BC class as I did last year for the AB class, if not
harder since these kids are more advanced. I am real curious if anyone out
there thinks that the combo is a good idea, and if they can make suggestions
of the approach that they took that worked for them. I personally feel that
this will be a big headache trying to teach AB, and meet the needs of the BC
students so that they are not bored out of their minds, and the combo is not
a waste of their time. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated, whether
it is pro or con. Looking forward to hearing from you. Thank you in

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