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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Accelerated Math program

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From: Roger Stevens <song2steer@yahoo.com>
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2004121815:12:28
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: accelerated math program

"The main cause of him dropping his grade was because he wasn't
motivated enough to continue doing the constant..."

Interesting.  Seems to me that one thing kids need to be taught
(besides math) is self-motivation.  I think this is one of the
advantages of a self-paced program such as AM.

"More than 1/2 of this class dropped their grade anywhere from 10
points to 25.  It obviously was do to lack of communication on the
teacher/school's part."

While it is unfortunate the the school failed to communicate with
parents, there may be many more factors for the widespread drop in
grades.  Perhaps the teacher, being untrained in AM, graded improperly
out of ignorance.  Maybe through the program you discovered something
that you did not want to know:  Your child does not know as much as
his past grades have told you.

"...have to be very responsible and disciplined to continue doing the
practices and tests, etc. on his own."

True.  Since when is teaching responsibility and discipline a bad
thing?  Though the teacher must have it first.

-Mr. S

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