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Topic: This is a Geometry exam?
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jmahoney@pvcsd.org

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Re: This is a Geometry exam?
Posted: Jun 19, 2010 9:13 PM
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If one reads the performance indicators, there is one standard regarding writing a proof. However, there are 29 other performance indicators that use a skill that can be proved in class. These 30 indicators encompass approximately 45% of the exam.

In my opinion, a teacher should spend the majority of their course using proof to teach why such concepts are correct, such as using a proof with similar triangles to justify secant-tangent length relationships. As a result, students gain a better understanding about geometry and how topics are intertwined as opposed to teaching about isolated facts.

I wish we would never go back testing proofs like the days of Math 10 or Sequential 2. If the goal of a proof is to teach a student to reason and use deductive reasoning, shouldn't the result be a useful fact?



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