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dennis wallace

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Registered: 12/6/04
Posted: Oct 9, 2000 3:19 AM
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I am going to assume you are talking about Integrated Math. We are using
an Integrated math series but it may not be the one you are talking about.
First let me say that I have taught 29 years and am very set it my ways.
So you may take the following as you wish.

We have been using the series for about 4 years. Our scores don't seem to
have changed much on the tests. This year the first group is trying AP
Calc and struggling not because they aren't bright but because the texts do
not do enough drill and practice and move on before the subject is
understood. The students are usually shown the concepts a year later and
have a great deal of trouble remembering.

I have supplemented the texts will more practice each year and looked thru
old texts for similar problems. I do not use the projects or the writing
and reading assignments. Did I mention I am an old teacher set in my ways.

I like the text because it has allowed me to explore topics in math that I
have not done before except in college. It is extremely interesting if you
are a math teacher but I am not so sure about if your a student.

Over the years I have noticed an erosion of students ability to tackle
difficult problems and seem to expect me to be even more of the sage on the
stage. This has been caused by students being exposed to topics and have
not mastered.

I recommend you look at the text and decide exactly what content you think
is important first then decide how you plan to supplement the text. I have
always done this but usually it takes a few years to get a complete feel
for the text. I have instituted gateway tests in the classroom to make
sure students can do certain basic operations before they can get any

Hope this helps


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