Our Geometry teacher is planning to do this as well for next year.
Jennifer Griffin Math Teacher Stissing Mountain High School Pine Plains Central School District (518) 398-7181 ext. 221
-----Original Message----- From: firstname.lastname@example.org on behalf of Mimi Rague Sent: Tue 5/10/2011 8:02 AM To: email@example.com Subject: RE: HELP!! RE: Changing Sequencing of Regents Courses
We did contemplate switching the order of Geometry and Alg 2/Trig but decided against it. Instead, our Geometry teachers give algebra based "weeklies" during the year the to make sure the kids stay sharp with their algebra skills. This has made a positive difference in the kids readiness going into Alg 2/Trig.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Kathy Noftsier Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 7:02 AM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: HELP!! RE: Changing Sequencing of Regents Courses
I agree - we get through everything in Alg 2/Trig but only because they come in with a sound understanding of the geometry topics mentioned. We do lots of algebra in the Geometry course - I review very little algebra in Alg 2/Trig and we had around 75% mastery on last year's regents.
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Sent: Monday, May 09, 2011 9:16 PM
Subject: RE: HELP!! RE: Changing Sequencing of Regents Courses
I find it a challenge to finish that A2/trig course altogether, I couldn't see how to do it without the students already knowing what transformation are (it takes me about 2 weeks to teach it in geometry), the equation of a circle, what an arc is, special right triangles, the properties of parallelograms (for forces questions) etc. I can switch it around if I want because in my school I am the only accelerated 9th and 10th teacher so I teach Geometry to 9th and Trig to 10th and no one would mind if I switched it. But I can't see finishing with those extra lessons. Reviewing something they learned in 8th grade is quicker than reteaching. In fact I was pleasantly surprised that they remembered factorials and permutations pretty well and I was able to combine the permutation lesson with combinations.