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From: Jennnifer <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion Date: 2006061417:33:49 Subject: Re: Re: RE: Accelerated Math program I agree that at youger ages the AM should be only used for a portion of the day... I would like to add that even with this strategy, I see a problem with reinforcement of skills. My theory is that if a lesson or concept is done consecutively for a minimum of 3-5 days, it will go into their long-term memory and they have truly "learned" the skill. The problem with AM and my daughter is that she gets 100% the first time she is exposed to a concept, so the next day's AM problems move on and do not include the previous day's problems. She does well on the test at the end of the unit- but then does not do well on the review. If she did the problems for more than 1 day (even though she appears to have mastered it upon introduction) I think she would have better retention and mastery of the concept and do better on the review problems. Next year the review problems count for a significant part of her grade, so I am very concerned. Does anyone have any suggestions for getting time for her to do the material again for the next day or two? I thought I might ask the teacher if she could print out 2 shortened assignments daily and then she could save one for the next day as homework. As parents, we have difficulty going over problems with her because the unique format of the tests- so getting esxtra material would help. She will only be using the AM program next year for the gifted class-so we have nothing else to work with here. Ironically, she scored 5th/ 125 student on the AM placement exam- but her ability is not reflected in her overall grades in AM. I want to make sure she has a positive experience with math because I think it is highly likely that she will pursue a math/ science career as most people in our family seeem to have an aptitude for this. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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