Date: Aug 30, 2013 9:56 PM
Author: Evelyne Stalzer
Subject: IA / Geo Combo Platter Class
So I have just been told that I am teaching a new high school class for our

recidivist algebra students. The goal of the course is to push them through

the IA regents on January 20, 2014, and then give them some nebulous amount

of geometry preparation for the second half of the year, with the idea that

it will enable these weaker students* to go into a regular one year

geometry class (the only kind we offer) next year with a greater hope of

success.

It's a bit of a departure for us as a school, because we function on an

annualized calendar - no three semester courses here. This is a way of

getting around that without having to put students in a full one year

remedial algebra class.

Well, there are good and bad points about any choice we could make for this

population, but ultimately that choice has been made and now I am going to

do my best for them, although I would have wished for more time to prepare.

I am predominantly a geometry teacher, with some other electives. I've

taught IA once, and then Math A before that. I'll be looking at jmap and

old regents, of course, and going through the Prentice Hall Algebra I text

book. But what I would like to ask of the more experienced algebra teachers

on this list is the following question:

If you had to teach this one semester class, what are the top choices for

topics you would cover? Remember, there is a good chance that there will

not be time to cover even half the normal curriculum with this group. So

where would you concentrate your attention?

Thank you for any help you can give me as I gear up to help these kids.

* some are weaker for cognitive reasons, some for work habit reasons, some

for attendance reasons - it's quite a stew.

Evelyne Stalzer

Riverdale / Kingsbridge Academy

Bronx NY