We had this schedule at Marshall HS in Rochester. One strength of the schedule was that each teacher only had half as many students on their roster at any given time, allowing them to really focus on those having trouble. Seeing students every day for 75 minutes minimized what they forgot between classes - and they had fewer classes on their schedule at any time. As mentioned before, they can be rescheduled for the second half of the year if they fail, while the material is still fresh. I didn't teach alg2/trig, and I think that would be tough. Downside: Attendance issues become huge. Missing even 2-3 days of class is tough to make up. I think on the whole that it's not a good schedule for students unless their attendance is very good, but easier for teachers due to having half a roster at any time.
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of William Wickes Sent: Sunday, September 09, 2012 1:46 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: RE: Geometry Question
We are experimenting(not teachers idea) with classes that meet 75 minutes per day, but only run from sept till jan....anyone ever try this before...I am very concerned with getting through curriculrm especially alg 2 /trig...bill
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Ryley David Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2012 10:39 AM To: email@example.com Subject: RE: Geometry Question
At Beacon HS, we do offer a 2-year algebra track. I would estimate about 70% of our population go into Regents geometry and the rest go into NR Geometry (or at least attempt it).
Dave Ryley Beacon HS
From: firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com> [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Leslie Tanner Sent: Thursday, September 06, 2012 8:23 AM To: email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: Geometry Question
My department will be spending time looking at ways we can better prepare students for A2 with Trigonometry and have more students pass this exam. I would be happy to hear many of your answers to the following two questions.
1. Do general education students have the option to take a 2 year algebra course? 2. What percent of your student body takes geometry?
Currently we do not offer the 2 year algebra course to prepare our weaker general education students for future courses. They can pass the test due to the curve so the administration does not believe that this will help them. I am not sure if that is the case or not. We have them all take Geometry which means that in Geometry we are trying to improve these skills in algebra for many of the students.
I hope to hear back from many of you, Leslie Tanner York Central School