[quote]How large is the school population? (over 3000?) Your town must be like Woebegone, where all the kids are above normal! What size are the classes? Are the administrators teaching? Dropping geometry!!! Can't believe it.[/quote]
James: The school has about 480 students grades 9-12. It is in Charlotte. It is a charter school. Most of the kids are actually normal or below normal coming in to our school as 9th graders. The class sizes are small. That is definitely a saving grace. I only have 5 students in my AP Calculus class this year, 5 in one Math 2 Honors class, 8 in another Math 2 Honors class, and 22 students in two other Math 2 standard classes.
Math 2 is a hybrid. It pulls out about half of the old geometry curriculum and sticks it with about half of the old Algebra 2 curriculum.
My definite helpful thing is having low student numbers, but, at some point it doesn't matter if you have only one student in each class if you have too many different classes to teach. You still have to plan for one student or 50.
We actually have another teacher who teaches AP Stats this year. He has taught high school math far longer than me. But, our department dean made the comment that she doesn't like the way he teaches AP Stats and is thinking about giving me his AP Stats class next year. I think that is harsh for his first year teaching AP Stats.
No administrators teach at our school.
[quote]so, you mention Math 2 not having a textbook. I wonder if this translates to more freedom to innovate on the part of the teachers, like in the good old days or in mythical distant lands, where teachers still planned their own lessons? I wasn't aware of a new brand called Math 2.[/quote]
Kirby: No, I wish it were that way. In fact, the state is giving a big standardized test at the end of the year. Nobody likes how the state mandated a new course, without sufficient materials being in place, much less a textbook being in place.