
Re: Test Preparation materials
Posted:
Apr 9, 1999 10:21 AM


Funny thing.
In the AP calc course I teach, I get a lot of students who have learned Algebra, trig and geometry that way. They are cocky and have learned the material in a rote manner and think algebra is a bunch of algorithms. come to think of it, I get a few of those kinds of students in my high school freshman class as well. Perhaps I should send them back to middle school so they can do more arithmetic and this time really learn it well before they ge tto me so I can teach them math the real way.
Reform is a funny thing.
> > Jerry Uhl <juhl@NCSA.UIUC.EDU> >wrote about Re: Test Preparation materials: > >: >:It happens all too often. > >Sheila King >And what reason do you have to believe that a high school course that >was not part of the AP program would be any better? Or are you >suggesting that high school students not take calculus at all? > > > >*********************************** > >In some cases (maybe most) I would say, "yes"  it would have been >better if they had not taken Calculus. From your discussion, it >sounds like you help students to "think" about Calculus, and do not >make robots out of them who can only do well on a test  I would >love to inherit one of your students. However, I also receive the >cocky AP student who has been programmed to do well on a test, and >thinks that Calculus is a bunch of algorithms. They don't know *why* >they are doing anything (and don't want to know why), and get upset >when they have to really think about solving a different type of >problem. I would rather that this student spent time in High School >sharpening some of their algebra, trig., problem solving, and >thinking skills, and came to me ready to start Calculus. > >As Jerry said, "The style of the course (exam prep) is the question." > >======================================== > >Patrice Conrath >Dept. of Mathematics >Bethel College >3900 Bethel Drive >St. Paul, MN 55112 > >(651) 6386348 >email: conrath@bethel.edu >======================================== > > > >HOW TO UNSUBSCRIBE > > To UNSUBSCRIBE from the calcreform mailing list, > send mail to: > > majordomo@ams.org > > with the following in the message body: > > unsubscribe calcreform your_email_address > > >Information on the subject line is disregarded. > > John Benson (School) (Home) Evanston Township High School 715 South Boulevard Evanston Illinois 60204 Evanston IL 602022907 (847) 4925848 Phone (847) 3288019 Phone (847) 4923872 Fax (847) 3288920 Fax

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