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From: Karen Bluth Gill

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2002012617:59:20
Subject: Saxon

I'm using the Saxon series for Math 76 through Algebra 1. It seems to be working pretty well for most of the levels; however, I have some reservations about it. For one, there is little or no application to real life situations, in algebra particularly many of the problems seem unnecessarily complicated(i.e. if the students know the concepts, why is it necessary for them to do one with three sets of brackets/parentheses, four negative signs, three negative exponents, etc.) I find that I don't have enough time to do the really "fun" parts of math, i.e. problem-solving, hands-on activities, math in art and music, etc. I find that the kids rush through their work because they feel that it's too much for them weekly, and are not thorough in their work. I know Saxon says that you must do every problem in order for it to "work", however, I'm thinking about having the students do just odd problems. Has anyone tried this? Thanks.

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