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From: mike

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2003052923:57:04
Subject: Re: long lasting tradition

 I first taught seventh grade math and found that teachers felt they
had to spend most of the year reviewing last year's material.
Therefore teachers never got to the back of the book where textsbooks
actually put the new material. I review as well, but math books built
in review material as you go through it. So many spend way too much
time at the beginning of the year on reviewing material from the past.
Take a week or tow, then slowly start introducing new material, with
some review mixed in. The students will be interested in something
new, and become interested. Then you will cover more ground through
the year, and get to the material next year's teachers are expecting
students to have. Then they don't have to review so long, and then
they can move on . . . and the students can tehn stay interested.
 I remember being in sixth grade wondering why I was still learning
about fractions for the third year in a row. When my teacher
introduced "algebra" to us, it was exciting.
 As for when you teach geometry in the year, I agree that the order is
not as important as it would be for algebra concepts. When your
students start to get stale with what you are currently doing, do a
geometry unit and then tie it back to what you have been doing and are
going to do next. Then your students will start to see math as a
unified subject, not just a set of formulas and facts to be learned.

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