One of the reasons I started this blog was to have a "holding cell" for presentations and the documents distributed at them. I've started storing some at the left such as our developmental math manual (the bible for our program), a description of our program model, and a presentation I gave at our state IMACC conference this spring.
I'm really proud of our developmental math program redesign and the fact that we went from a chaotic mess to an organized unit in less than 3 years. In that timeframe, our pass rates jumped from 48% on average to over 65% and higher, depending on the course. Because of the amount of changes and the outcomes achieved in a short period of time, I get requests to learn how we did it. I'm happy to share the details both in print and in person since words on a page can't adequately convey all that happened to make these changes a reality.
Well, not exactly.
Our school has done a great job....at getting students through algebra. I have no bones about the truth. We're not curing cancer here; we're getting them to pass algebra. For those of us who teach it, that's no easy feat, hence the sharing of knowledge to help others do the same.
But should they be taking so much algebra? Well now, that's a whole other question. Answering that question and the efforts to make changes associated will also be documented here because that's what I'm working on right now and honestly, that's where my heart lies. My students regularly tell me I'm a rebel, that I'm bucking the system. And here's a little secret: they like that. It gets me into hot water occasionally but life's too short to sit in cold water or something like that...
Point? Sometimes you need band-aids and sometimes you need crutches. We've developed some pretty successful band-aids that will help a lot of schools until the larger problem, the one that needs crutches, is fixed. That looming problem? Are we teaching the right content to the right students? I would argue no. However, I want to be a part of the solution, not just the argument. I like making things "right", fixing stuff, solving problems. It's why math is so fun to me but it's also why these endeavors are so much fun too. And things are fixable. We complain a lot in education and blame everyone below us because it's easier and solving problems is just plain hard work. But as a recovering Pollyanna, I do think a lot of hard work will get us to a solution.
So until we've got the Almy/Foes version of mathematical crutches, we've got band-aids for you in various shapes and sizes. The dispensary is at the left. If you'd like a personal consultation with the nurse, well, that can be arranged too.
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