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Topic: Geometry Question
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michelle Van Etten

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From: Moravia High School
Registered: 6/24/09
Re: Geometry Question
Posted: Sep 10, 2012 9:36 AM
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We were considering a two year algebra 2 course but decided against it.
The idea being that students really struggle with retention and it would be
an aweful lot of reteaching. We have two other options instead. We found
that even our accelerated students could benefit from more time. Therefore
we decided to make our algebra 2 class like a regents science class with a
lab period every other day. In the past we have had some students not be
able to fit that in their schedule and that made for some individual
compensation but the extra time was benefical to all. The other option we
are trying this year is a class focused on functions. The idea that
students who really struggle in algebra 2 do not have a strong enough
algebra background to understand differences between different types of
functions and how to apply what when. The hope is to beef up their algebra
skills then they will be more successful in algebra 2. Hope this was
Michelle Van Etten
On Thu, Sep 6, 2012 at 8:22 AM, Leslie Tanner <> wrote:

> Good Morning,
> 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

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