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Re: New Algebra 2/trig curriculum for 20092010
Posted:
Sep 3, 2008 5:40 PM



Hi. Hope everyone had a great start. Our district participated in a county wide (Broome Tioga) Algebra 2/Trig regional planning this past July. Two teachers were sent and shared with our department today the draft for a proposed curriculum. Since they like it so much, we are implementing it the first quarter. Lots of mixed feelings about this. Anyways...our school is not in a position to order new books and we may very well see freezes. We are using the McDougal Littell Series copyright 2001. Are there any schools out there using this book with the new state test in mind? I have used this book to prepare kids for the Math B, but now the teachers who want the new curriculum don't want to use the book. In fact they have no idea what book they want. What I understand they would like to make lots of handouts. Also, we are still preparing the kids for the Math B exam with this new curriculum. I explained to my colleagues it is not a match. So any help or suggestion would be great!!! 15 years of teaching experience and I need help!!! Thanks!!! Luisa Duerr Binghamton High School In a message dated 8/26/2008 10:24:14 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time, ckohl@twcny.rr.com writes:
I also thank Dina for posting  we had many of the same questions this summer as we worked on the new curriculum at ESM. We also share the same concern of 'not enough time' to fit it all in. Our first estimate put us over by 13 blocks! We also looked at using 3 semesters to complete the course but since many of our seniors opt for a Stats class, that is not a good option. We still have not found a good answer, but for right now we settled on take home tests for each unit to buy back a review and test day (12 blocks per unit). The takehome portion of the test would be for the long response questions and would incorporate the unit completed plus any units previously completed (since we will only have a short time to review at yearend). The next class day students would take the multiple choice section of the test in class (using the amount of time allocated for a quiz). We are hoping that there will be a better answer to this problem before we implement the new curriculum in the 2009 school year. FYI  I also attended a workshop today where a couple of ideas were suggested to help find some time. I haven't thought them through carefully enough yet, so I am not sure if they will work for us. Here are the suggestions: 1) Do not teach a 'Rationals' unit. Instead spread this unit out over the year (probably 35 months worth) and give 510 minutes each class period to practice and build. Example: start with 35 simpler factoring problems, next increase the difficulty in factoring, next simplify alg. fractions, then multiply/divide alg. fractions, complex fractions, add/sub fractions, and finally solve fractions. 2) Give 'number sense and operations' type problems as takehome packets that students learn on their own. This could include units on simplifying radicals, powers of i, complex number operations. Students would be given a packet to 'teach themselves' over a long weekend, vacation, or Jan. regents week and would be tested upon return to class. Cindy Kohl East SyracuseMinoa HS  Original Message 
From: _ewood@jd.cnyric.org_ (mailto:ewood@jd.cnyric.org) To: _nyshsmath@mathforum.org_ (mailto:nyshsmath@mathforum.org) Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 9:40 AM Subject: Re: New Algebra 2/trig curriculum for 20092010
Dina
Thank you for your posting. I found the answers from NYSED especially helpful/interesting.
We at JD worked on our new curriculum for Algebra 2 over this summer, too. We also feel that there is too much material to be covered in one year. There are several "new to Algebra 2" concepts to teach, all of which we currently teach in PreCalculus. In order to cover all of the material, we believe that we need either 3 semesters (which means that our regents students would not take the Algebra 2 regents until January of their senior year) or that we need to teach the course 3 out of 4 days on an alternate day block schedule (which would be difficult to schedule and is not the choice of my department chair).
Betty Wood Math Teacher JamesvilleDewitt High School
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