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Topic: Random thoughts on student placement
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Louine Teague

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Random thoughts on student placement
Posted: Jan 13, 1998 10:17 AM
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In response to this inquiry:

"I'm curious - how easy is it for a late developing student to slot into
the accelerated class after Grade 8? I can see merit in this system,
as it offers challenges for the best mathematicians in the Grade, but I
wonder if it locks out some students who weren't ready in Grade 8, but
may be by Grade 11"

I have serveral random thoughts to share:

I personally was not allowed to take Algebra one in the 8th grade due to my
verbal scores on some test in the 7th grade--don't remember which one right
now and don't think it was worth the paper it was written on. I had to
double up one year (alg II and Geometry) and I don't think it hurt me at
all. ( The only real problem was the psycological impression that not being
allowed to take the 8th grade algebra made on me.......I have always know
that I was more "mathematical" than "verbal" and the schools systems
criteria for 8th grade algebra one was terrible --it did not consider my
strengths only my weekness---the only way to save my wounded pride was to
be the "best" algebra one student in the 9th grade)

I think that placement is important and there is more than one way to "skin
a cat" and each student should be considered as an
teaching, high school for many year (with Geometry one of my favorites to
teach and 7 years of Calculus), I have found that maturity is the key.
Some students are ready early and some are not---it's just a fact of life.
I have found it best to always remember the students' needs should drive
the Math program and curriculum not the teachers' desires to teach certain
subjects. To many programs(especially in small schools) place students in
Algebra too early just to have the numbers to "build up the Math program".
In the long run this only hurts the Math program and can make the student
dislike math.

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