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RE: AP Calculus Question
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Oct 25, 2013 12:12 PM


Evan...for as tough as it sounds to double up or switch, how about skipping precalculus going to AP and not having passed the alg/2 trig exam...been there done that....BW
Original Message From: ownernyshsmath@mathforum.org [mailto:ownernyshsmath@mathforum.org] On Behalf Of Evan Romer Sent: Wednesday, October 09, 2013 6:25 PM To: nyshsmath@mathforum.org Subject: Re: AP Calculus Question
We allow students to double up in Precalc and AP Calc (with teacher recommendation). We have 1 to 3 do this each year. Only in rare cases (twice in 18 years?) have we allowed students to skip Precalc (for example, can't fit Precalc into their schedule AND he or she is a very able student). Even doubling up, they have gaps, and as the AP teacher every so often I have to tell the doubler(s) they need to come in to learn a topic they haven't seen yet  and as students, they have to be willing to come in for help when needed, even when there isn't a clearcut gap but they feel they're not getting something.
Evan Romer Susquehanna Valley HS Conklin NY
On Oct 9, 2013, at 6:07PM, luisahaw@aol.com wrote:
> 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
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