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Re: Consumer Math, etc.
Posted: Jul 9, 1998 12:58 PM
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Great to hear another educators' experience was similar to mine. I too have
taught the "Consumer Math" classes currently called Tech Math. I have taken a
class of Tech Math I students through basic math and basic algebra. Last
year, in Tech Math II we covered some Algebra II concepts such as quadratic
functions (we built catapults and did some comparisons and calculations on the
parabolas). This year I am offering Tech Math III as an elective and I have
42 students enrolled!! These are students that formerly would have perhaps
dropped out of school or just "got through" their two years and went about
their way. (Our school has about 600 9th - 12th students). I don't mean to
toot my own horn (though the pride is obvious:-) But I am really tooting their
horns. In fact, (I know this is Calc not Consumer Math), the reason I am
interested in AP-Calc is to perhaps prepare them for this test. I know this
seems a lofty goal, but why not shoot for it. Will I be preparing these
students to be let down? Maybe. But they will be let down all the way to a
level that was unexpectedly high. I feel I am so in tune with these students'
learning styles and they are so enthusiastic about math that we could do it.
Any opinions? (By the way, I have taught long enough not to be overly
idealistic. =)

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