In a message dated 98-07-09 13:16:05 EDT, Treygunner@aol.com writes:
Great to hear another educators' experience was similar to mine. >>
Thanks for the support.
<< I am interested in AP-Calc is to perhaps prepare them for this test. >>
I really cannot agree with your interest in AP-Calc as a means to "prepare [students] for the test". Yes the test does establish a standard of high expectations but if the students are not taught the conepts measured by the test, what would be the point. Sure my students did ask me to teach them Algebra because tehy wanted to go to college and knew they needed to take the SAT. But I was not teaching Algebra because of *the* test. I taught Algebra to them because it made sense for them to learn Algebra to solve problems that were more difficult to solve by other methods. Learning is the end, not the test. The test is intended to measure what students know and are able to do--it is not inteneded to be a catapault for teaching Calculus. Any views on that?
<<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. =) >>
Sounds too much like a goal to be Jaime Escalante and what he did was taught students to "beat" the test. I do not want to reopen that discussion as there are many who do support what Escalante accomplished and this is not the forum for that debate. I only point this out as a caution that we ensure that we are teaching Calculus and not to the test. If you are teaching to the test for the sake of the test itself, that IS wrong and is a disservice to your students. If you are teaching Calculus and feel your students are parepared at the level that this test requires--that is another story.
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