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  •  The concept of noun, verb, etc. (0+ / 0-)

    is important (and hopefully you learn it long before 12th grade!), but the actual diagramming of sentences?

    I absolutely HATE diagramming sentences. Why? Because I don't need it. Diagramming is a crutch. Yes, some students need it; but, if I've got an AP class that shows me, through their writing, that they understand proper sentence structure? I'm not going to waste my time (and theirs) by diagramming.

    So, yeah, my future student that does A work in my AP class and can write properly? If s/he never learns to diagram, I'm perfectly fine with that. Students who need that help to understand sentence structure? For them, I'll gladly teach it. But, no, not everybody needs to learn to diagram, not by a long shot.

    "Maybe: it's a vicious little word that could slay me"--Sara Bareilles

    by ChurchofBruce on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 10:21:53 AM PDT

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    •  Common core standards are a floor (1+ / 0-)
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      not a ceiling. They don't apply to AP courses, which answer to a Higher Power.

      I'm going to be teaching AP chem for the first time next year and I'm certainly not going to teach students that "atoms side by side in the periodic table are close to each other in mass and differ by 1 in their numbers of protons. They have different chemical properties."  They'd better know that already!  

      That doesn't mean that it's not a good idea for all high school graduates to at least know that "atoms side by side in the periodic table are close to each other in mass and differ by 1 in their numbers of protons. They have different chemical properties."

      Light is seen through a small hole.

      by houyhnhnm on Thu Jul 19, 2012 at 10:48:01 AM PDT

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