tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7719550.post4954358063355295125..comments2020-05-26T14:29:47.183-04:00Comments on Tuttle SVC: Is Teaching Algebra II Everyone's Responsibility?Tom Hoffmanhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08577165613934129833noreply@blogger.comBlogger3125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7719550.post-34284401741972908782010-03-07T20:54:53.778-05:002010-03-07T20:54:53.778-05:00Actually, at FHS they did come in above the distri...Actually, at FHS they did come in above the district average in the stats and data analysis part, which makes sense because given their (formerly) project-based curriculum they would probably do more of that sort of thing in other subject areas.Tom Hoffmanhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/08577165613934129833noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7719550.post-61480253234013581942010-03-07T16:53:32.158-05:002010-03-07T16:53:32.158-05:00Having reviewed the released questions you linked,...Having reviewed the released questions you linked, I do think that putting a heavy dose of chart reading (in context, not as math) in social studies makes sense, as does considerable work on units and display of data in science.<br /><br />But aligning curricula is tough work, and there's much potential for resistance.<br /><br />JonathanAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7719550.post-32415399348777948272010-02-28T20:40:38.681-05:002010-02-28T20:40:38.681-05:00"what can the rest of the school do to improv..."what can the rest of the school do to improve math achievement?"<br /><br />You really asked? Wow. Is there a limit to how many things I can list? No, but let me pick just one...<br /><br />Pare down the curricula. <br /><br />Math is the hardest subject. Perhaps. But for now let's accept that. And, over the last two generations, the math courses have become more and more packed.<br /><br />Unpack them.<br /><br />Put graph creation and graph reading back in social studies.<br /><br />Put measurement and error back in the science classes.<br /><br />Remove stats altogether.<br /><br />Any "mathematical application of X" move out of math and into the subject appropriate for X.<br /><br />OK. That was 1a.<br /><br />1b. Increase time on task by "unpacking" some discrete skills into separate skills courses. Could be once a week sort of things. (a) Control of calculator - could be done with a heavy games and puzzles component. (b) Calculation? or something like that for arithmetic? (the degree a student controls arithmetic is related to the degree they will control 'more advanced' topics. (c) Games? for real. <br /><br />But, in other words, not time on task to increase the time in the painful class. Time on task, low stakes, to handle mathematical objects and get more comfortable with them, outside of the regular class.<br /><br />- - -- --- ----- --- -- - -<br /><br />Not too likely, huh?<br /><br />JonathanAnonymousnoreply@blogger.com