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    check this little story out -

    have your kid register under a fake name ... ;)

    when I was 36 in '96 taking fresh calc at the university of washington in Seattle, the help center had these young hot shots.

    1 day I'm asking 1 of the hotshots who'd be helping me how the #$#%#$# did he know this stuff?

    well - he wanted to get into the u.w. engineering school, so he needed mega huge gpa and definitely had to do well in math.

    he took AP calc in high school, but, did NOT take the test.

    he then took calc at a community college and did NOT tell the university of washington.

    as a freshman at u.w. ... the sneak took freshman calc!

    3rd time's a charm?! !!!

    My high school is 70% Free & Reduced Lunch and I tell ALL my kids that story - I want them to know that there are a lot of ways to skin a cat ...

    oh yeah - I hadn't thought of the kids and different planting schedules, but, that is a great perspective!

    of course, I'll have to be careful how I phrase it - can't have the kids going home telling parents that I called them plants!  ha ha ha.

    GOOD LUCK. oh yeah - take the calc with your kid for the hell of it!

    Oh yeah #3 ...

    Get the Calculus textbook by Stewart , probably 6th edition by now - get 1 of the older additions AND THE SOLUTION manuals - figuring out hundreds of years of math in 13 or 39 weeks is nuts.



    Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous

    by seabos84 on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 05:33:53 PM PDT

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    •  Thank you for the suggestions on textbooks. (1+ / 0-)
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      We've found they can make a huge difference.

      Have you used any Calculus texts by KeyCurriculum Press? We've enjoyed both their Algebra and Geometry texts.

      I love that you share that story with your kids. Learning isn't about getting it right the first time. Learning is about getting it wrong and then figuring it out. I wish we valued getting things wrong more in our society, not as an end but as part of the path.

      •  this is a hoot - (0+ / 0-)

        I testified at the seattle school board AGAINST adopting the Key Curriculum Press math books - I can't stand them. ;)

        I'm helping several people running for school board AGAINST those who voted for those text books!

        I have a hunch your son must have decent basic skills - those books have lots of good challenging problems - sor students with sound basic skills.

        It is NO exaggeration when I saw that over 1/2 of my students can NOT consistently manipulate 3/5 or 6/10 or 9/15, and everything goes to hell after that.

        good luck.

        Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look; He thinks too much: such men are dangerous

        by seabos84 on Sun Jun 26, 2011 at 08:30:53 PM PDT

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        •  We liked them because they present (1+ / 0-)
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          information in a way that both of us appreciate. I'm not as fond of their workbooks but they have occasionally had a place in our well rounded curriculum. Love Geometer's Sketchpad!

          I have learned over the years that both my kids are right brained learners and that I am probably more right brained that anything else. I believe that only about 1/3rd of the population is... textbooks don't tend to get geared towards that 1/3rd. KeyCurriculum is the exception - visually stimulating and manage to present problems for global learners and  sequential learners at the same time. The combination made it easier for him to pick up the math really well.

          My favorite chapter is still Chapter 0 in the Algebra book. They presented a review of integers, fractions, and exponents through the exploration of Fractals. The info just stuck really well. But we all love art too and Fractals are just gorgeous!

          If students can't manipulate numbers, then higher maths become almost impossible (that was my problem, I'm afraid). For my kids, we have focused more on math games and playing with concepts than we have with memorization of facts. My 12 year old still doesn't know his 8 times tables but he knows how to double his four times tables to get the answer he needs. That's the kind of stuff we've done. Absolutely love the Muggins games (

          Tomorrow I'm publishing a diary called Living Math. You might be interested. Not very applicable to the classroom but for parents that want to work more with their kids, I'll have lots of links to need math stuff.

          Don't worry... I'll still take a look at your recommended text :)  I can never have too many good books.

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