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Terry McSweeney

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From: NYSUT
Registered: 10/3/07
Re: Algebra 1 - How is it going?
Posted: Oct 24, 2013 10:11 AM
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AssessmentUpdate_1.pdf (1,001.0 K)

FYI - See the attached Power point that was presented at the Board of
Regents meeting this week. Of special interest to this thread - see page
10.
Also of interest:


The Board of Regents has decided that New York State will not implement
PARCC in 2014-2015. Whether or not PARCC is adopted at all will be
determined in the future.
This is the presentation:
http://www.regents.nysed.gov/meetings/2013Meetings/October2013/P12PARCC.pdf
Terry

>>> <MsEdFun@aol.com> 10/24/2013 8:18 AM >>>
I have been following this thread with a great deal of interest.

The new modules are very dependent on knowledge that the students
ostensibly came into ninth grade with. With the changes that were made
throughout the math curriculum in conjunction with transitioning to the
common core, many students, and teachers, were faced with the challenge
of 'the missing puzzle piece'. Last year, at least for seventh and
eighth grade students, it became a serious game of playing 'catch up
ball'. The problem was that there wasn't enough time or foundational
knowledge to win the game.

Now, we are expecting our students to jump in with two feet and be able
to master skills that they have not had sufficient preparation for. The
modules make a lot of assumptions - and we all know what happens when
you assume. (If you don't know, e-mail to me at MsEdFun@AOL.com and I
will tell you.)

If you attempt to follow the modules, and I know that many of us have
made undiluted efforts at doing so, you will leave a percentage of your
students behind in the dust, and some of those that may actually
succeed, and we all know there will be such a group in each class, their
skills may not be as secure as we would like. After all - common core
says that there should be real life application. Can they apply? I
don't see enough stress in this area anywhere within the modules.

The modules, although a definte attempt by the state to provide us with
some sort of curriculum (because there are no real common core algebra
texts available), were too little, too late, and much too inadequate in
addressing the gaps that exist.

Teaching inch wide mile deep, the new mantra, is wonderful from a
theoretical point of view. The problem is that theory works nicely on
paper - not in the real world. Mile deep needs to include levels -
after all - an elevator makes stops on its descent and ascent. Where
are our stops?

I firmly believe, that given a chance, common core can be very
successful. But without sufficient time in which to allow younger
students to be taught to think and learn in a new way, declining test
scores will spell the death of it before it starts to walk.

For that reason, the modules, although a good guide for what is to be
taught, is not sufficient for insuring that our students can learn. In
order to achieve success, and without the benefit of knowing what the
new test will look like, I am taking a huge risk. I understand that
factoring is factoring, equation solving requires isolating variables,
and that properties do not change - as well as the other topics, and
therefore have been teaching topics as though they are being presented
for the very first time. I assess what it already known, and quickly
determine a starting point. I've thrown the pacing out the window. It
isn't realistic. Yes, we may fall behind, but at this point I'm more
concerned with the quality of what my students know than the quantity.
If they can't apply information in different ways, what has been
achieved?

My hope is that by the time we are ready to begin review and prep for
the new Regents, there will be some sort of sample to help guide us
through the new expectations/format that our students, having almost a
month less time to prepare, will have to endure.

I will say it again - the pacing is out the window. It is not
realistic. We, as experienced teachers, know what works. It is up to
us to provide the students with the knowledge they need in order to
progress through two more years of unknowns. Let us at least make
certain that they have the foundation necessary to help them without
unduly frustrating them.

::::getting off my soapbox:::::

Tzippy


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