
Re: Algebra 1  How is it going?
Posted:
Nov 4, 2013 9:19 PM


I am teaching Algebra I to students who have historically struggled in mathematics. I have students with IEP's, failures from 9th grade and students who failed 8th grade mathematics. They are an awesome group of kids who are trying; however, the modules are over their heads. These are kids who struggle with fractions and signed numbers. The modules do not take into account students who struggle. I have been using a Pearson textbook and a Holt workbook as my guide. However, I check the module for questions for my students to try and so many are just way over their head. So sad... I am not against common core, but I am against the modules and the implementation. The modules are choppy and they do not allow for practice, nor do they take into account various academic levels. The implementation was not thought out and both the teachers and students will be affected. In my 17 years of teaching I have never felt so defeated. I have never felt so lost. But I go in every day and sm! ile and I make the best of it for my kids sake. I am finding my own way and while I am not sure how my kids will fair, I can sleep at night knowing I am doing the best I can for my students with little direction from the State. Again, if the modules are the end all be all, then there will be a lot of teachers on TIPS next year and a lot of kids needing AIS:( There is not enough time to follow those modules as designed. Lesson 25 has word problems that each need a day. Yet, according to the module, all lessons are 1 day? See what I mean? Defeated...
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