Hi Luisa- I think the algebra II common core course is going to be extremely difficult and if a student can get through it with a certain level of achievement, they just might be ready for calculus. You make a great point about the trig, though, with the common core. That would pose a problem...maybe they could take a semester trig course concurrent with calc(?) The thing that common core, in theory, will prepare future ap calc students for is the thinking, reasoning, and not constantly thinking that there are set "steps" for every problem, but rather a mindset of reading, analyzing, and problem solving. This theory would work if we started common core in kindergarten and phased it in from there on up. The kids who are starting in 8th grade this year as accelerated students are probably not going to be the best calc students I ever have when they are seniors thanks to the non-phase-in. Liz
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-----Original Message----- From: luisahaw <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: nyshsmath <email@example.com> Sent: Wed, Oct 9, 2013 6:07 pm Subject: AP Calculus Question
Hi. I know many of you are busy and overwhelmed with the Common Core so I do appreciate input or advice.
I was wondering under what circumstances do other NY schools allow students to take Algebra 2 Trig , skip a Pre Calculus course, and take AP Calculus either as a junior or senior? My school offers 2 different Pre Calculus ( I teach the IB one) course so there is a math course students can take that really prepares students for advanced algebra and allow them to take AP Calc in their senior year. There seems to be a debate at my school and, as a pre calculus teacher, I am on the loosing end of it . I tend to worry often, but with the Common Core, won't their be gaps in concepts (such as Trigonometry) to prepare students for the rigor of Calculus. Thanks for your input! Luisa Duerr Binghamton High School an IB Diploma School