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Topic: [ap-calculus] Trial by Fire: A Mismatch in Expectations for AP Calculus
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Dave Reid

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[ap-calculus] Trial by Fire: A Mismatch in Expectations for AP Calculus
Posted: Oct 3, 2012 1:30 PM
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I've come a long way in the nine months since this initial post and the circumstances it describes, as I described in a recent post. As Common Core implementation begins, let's hope that situations like I experienced become far less common with CCSSM's inclusion of standards of mathematical practice. It may take a decade to develop these practices adequately so that the accumulated experience of students makes them better prepared for higher-order thinking. At the same time, a the math wars legacy may resurrect resistance that impedes implementation.

I am interested in whether other AP Calculus teachers experienced similar challenges, or was my situation unique since I was a 1st year teacher as well as a 1st year AP Calculus teacher? And do you believe CCSSM will yield a net positive benefit for all students entering AP Calculus going forward?


Trial by Fire: A Mismatch in Expectations for AP Calculus
Posted on December 30, 2011

Earlier this semester, my first as a credentialed teacher, I ran headfirst into a buzz saw that nearly ripped me into pieces. I naïvely thought that my AP Calculus AB students were ready, willing, and able to take on the challenges of an advanced mathematics course. What I found tested my ability in ways I never expected. Fortunately, the guiding hand of a supremely talented principal and assistant principal provided a process, and the space, my students and I needed to work through our mutual challenges. It truly was a baptism by fire into the teaching profession; fortunately, well-trained firefighters at the ready kept the occasional flare-up from reigniting the inferno, although I tended to prefer asbestos treated clothes for a while.

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