Drexel dragonThe Math ForumDonate to the Math Forum



Search All of the Math Forum:

Views expressed in these public forums are not endorsed by Drexel University or The Math Forum.


Math Forum » Discussions » Courses » ap-calculus

Topic: next year's class
Replies: 5   Last Post: May 19, 1998 12:59 PM

Advanced Search

Back to Topic List Back to Topic List Jump to Tree View Jump to Tree View   Messages: [ Previous | Next ]
Wayne Murrah

Posts: 31
Registered: 12/3/04
Re: next year's class
Posted: May 18, 1998 1:20 PM
  Click to see the message monospaced in plain text Plain Text   Click to reply to this topic Reply

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

School: wmurrah@porter.portergaud.edu
Home: wmurrah@awod.com






Point your RSS reader here for a feed of the latest messages in this topic.

[Privacy Policy] [Terms of Use]

© Drexel University 1994-2014. All Rights Reserved.
The Math Forum is a research and educational enterprise of the Drexel University School of Education.