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Topic: next year's class
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Wayne Murrah

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Re: next year's class
Posted: May 18, 1998 1:20 PM
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We have a Pre-Cal course that feeds students into AB, and an Intro-Cal
course (that spends spring trimester in introductory calculus topics) that
feeds into BC. If a student is in Intro-Cal and makes below an 80 for the
year, s/he must go into AB instead of BC; if a student makes above 89, s/he
must go into BC; if the year's grade is in the 80's, then s/he has the
choice of the two courses, but in that case we talk with them and make
strong recommendations one way or the other.

In a message dated 98-05-15 12:30:20 EDT, you write:
><< In the middle of the last minute frenzy of test preparation, we also have
> students signing up for next year's classes. How do you decide whether a
> student should take AB or BC? Sometimes the student makes the decision for
> him/herself, but often some sort of guidance would be helpful.

> >>
>In our school students (40-50 each year out of a senior class of about 250)
>sign up for AP Calculus. On the first day of class these students meet in one
>room and we (the teachers) explain the program and the differences between AB
>and BC. We answer any questions they have. Then we let them decide which of
>the two classes (which meet at the same time) they want. After they have made
>their choice we carefully check with their precalculus teachers and make sure
>they have made a wise choice. If we feel they are over their heads in BC or
>under their heards (?) in AB we discuss the matter with them privately. The
>final choice is theirs. They almost always make the right decision (in our
>opinion). They are not allowed to change from one to the other after the first
>two weeks or so.
>Lin McMullin
>Burnt Hills Ballston Lake High School
>Burnt Hills, NY

Wayne Murrah, Chairman, Math Dept.
Porter-Gaud School
300 Albemarle Rd.
Charleston, SC 29414


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