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Re: Remediation Curricula

Thank you to all the people who provided feedback. I’m sorry I didn’t respond in a timely fashion – I got bit by my own feed problems.

A couple of answers – I’m in charge because (a) I’m the department chair, and (b) the principal asked me to. I’m not doing this on my own, but the other teachers have even less of an idea on how to develop this than I do.

It’s going to be an auxiliary class, rather than a replacement class. Dan Green Numeracy Course looks exactly like what we’re shooting for, except there will probably be 3 levels for grades 6-8, rather than just algebra.

We are already seriously looking into using singapore math for this. Fortunately for us, it’s an approved curriculum in LAUSD.

The idea is that the sooner we start getting kids closer to grade level, the less ground they have to make up later on.

{ 3 } Comments

  1. Sarah | February 5, 2009 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

    Other curriculum supplement for your consideration (also via Dan Greene) is the Key To… series from Key Press. They’re well-designed workbooks which can be good for practice.

  2. Mr. K | February 5, 2009 at 10:39 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the ongoing ideas.

    I got a very nice email response from Dan. I think the most important thing he told me is that his program still doesn’t work as well as he’d like it to.

    I think if nothing else, I need to be wary of putting too much faith in this program to cure all ills.

  3. Sarah | February 6, 2009 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    Especially when there are so many ills.

    Related (at least in my mind), congrats on the 2nd place finish. I didn’t comment on your annual report earlier, but agree it does paint a powerful picture. The admin graph is the one that I keep coming back to. I’m always amazed at the people who keep staying at a school despite the bleakness of a situation.