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 good...do 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 BC...it'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 sanity.
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 advance.