Math teacher called with good news

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Registered: 03-22-2007
Math teacher called with good news
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Thu, 02-07-2013 - 5:59pm

The twins both scored well on their math assessment tests and seem bored with 6th grade math, so she's going to have them do work out of the 7th grade book for the rest of the year.  They'll still have to take the 6th grade exams to make sure they aren't missing anything?  I'm not sure how that will work, guess we'll have to see how it goes.  They'll be moved up to pre-Algebra next year in 7th grade, which puts them on course to do high school Algebra in 8th.  Devin was able to also take Geometry in 8th through their online academy, but not sure what their options will be. 

This was a no-brainer for Connor, but I will be keeping a close eye on Matthew.  He's not as confident in his math skills, although I was surprised at how eager he was to do this.  I think I'm more worried now than he was earlier in the year when we were talking about it!  Even though they are fraternal, I find it interesting that they are so different.  Connor does better in science and math, while Matthew does better in Language Arts and Reading.  Although there was 4th grade where they got the same exact scores for each part of state testing.   Even the principal had to do a double take when seeing their scores!

Anyways, I was glad to get the call because I have been wanting Connor to advance in math since before school even started.  The middle school changed things in the past few years, and I wasn't happy with how they were heading.  It seems to hold kids back instead of letting them excel if they are capable. 

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Registered: 07-26-1999
Fri, 02-08-2013 - 10:29am

That's great to hear!  I would say if Matthew is excited about it, then let him give it a go.

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Registered: 01-05-2005
Fri, 02-08-2013 - 2:01pm

That's great news! Are they excited about moving up, or apprehensive? Are other 6th graders on the same track, or will they be with older kids next year?  I completely agree about letting kids work to their own level. I think that for my boys, and a lot of kids, they liked getting into pre-Alg and Alg versus continuing in the general math courses, which seemed to have a lot of repetition and a lot of "here's a sixth algorithm to do that problem" when they would have been happy learning one way to do it and moving on! I also think 8th grade Algebra is becoming more and more the norm - I don't think it's a necessity, but it does help. At my dss' school, they offer 3 paths - 7th grade Alg, 8th grade Alg and 9th grade Alg.

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Registered: 03-22-2007
Fri, 02-08-2013 - 5:28pm
Thanks Tracy! I feel stupid for being so concerned, calling my dh before they got home so we could discuss it and then it was no big deal!

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Fri, 02-08-2013 - 5:32pm
They both sounded excited about it, so that was good. Must be a sign there were getting bored like the teacher said. There are other 6th graders on the same track, so while they will be with older kids they won't be the only younger ones. There were about 10-15 in Devin's 8th grade class that did Geometry with him, and I'm sure there were more with them in Algebra.

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