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Re: Consumer Math, etc.
Posted:
Jul 9, 1998 12:58 PM


Deanna:
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 APCalc 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. =)



