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Gear Up Mathematics Conversations. B. Blumberg N. Leveille F. Solomon April 29, 2006. Don’t Be a Statistic. Nationally, remedial mathematics courses are needed by 20% of first-time-in-college (FTIC) students

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Gear up mathematics conversations

Gear Up MathematicsConversations

B. Blumberg N. Leveille F. Solomon

April 29, 2006

Don t be a statistic
Don’t Be a Statistic

  • Nationally, remedial mathematics courses are needed by 20% of first-time-in-college (FTIC) students

  • Locally (UHD & HCC), about 60% FTICs place into developmental mathematics courses




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Don’t Be a Statistic

  • UHD developmental courses

    • Beginning algebra (429/907*=47%)

    • Intermediate algebra (524/907=58%)

  • College Algebra or equivalent

    • Required for all degrees

    • Prerequisite for college level mathematics and science

      *FTIC cohort 2000-2003

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Don’t Be a Statistic

  • Math 0300 Beginning Algebra

    • 249/429 (58%) passed first time (70+)

    • 42/429 (10%) passed with one repeat

    • 19/429 (4%) passed with two repeats

    • 10/429 (2%) passed with three repeats

    • 109/429 (25%) did not pass

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Don’t Be a Statistic

  • Placement scores determine the first course at college

  • Placement tests contain many of the same problems and objectives as Algebra I and Algebra II (60%)

  • Most problems contain basic arithmetic

  • Many of these are application problems

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Don’t Be a Statistic

  • Students do not understand the consequences of not preparing for placement tests

  • UHD students will soon need SAT scores

  • Open admissions institutions do not set a minimum standard, but may use the scores for placement

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Arithmetic mastery
Arithmetic Mastery

All students need to know their arithmetic facts (+,-,X,/) to be successful in life as well as future classes

  • Shopping

  • Voting

  • Accuracy

  • Fluency in numeracy

  • Quantitative reasoning

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Arithmetic Mastery

All students need to be able to calculate with facility to maximize their future potential

  • Tools to think with

  • Confidence to explore

  • Mathematics knowledge correlates with economic success

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Arithmetic Mastery

An example of formative evaluation for integer addition: Zero Out

  • Open the door to calculations beyond naturals

  • Have fun in mathematics class

  • Make positive changes in student beliefs, attitudes, and emotions about school mathematics

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Arithmetic Mastery

Figure 1. Introducing Zero Out

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Arithmetic Mastery

Figure 2. Playing the Face-up Version of Zero Out

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Arithmetic Mastery

Figure 3. A Playable Hand

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Math survival skills
Math Survival Skills

  • Buy the textbook and other required materials

  • Attend all class sessions

  • Read the syllabus; know what is on it

  • Be aware of all exam dates

  • Keep up with your professor – do not fall behind the professor’s schedule

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Math Survival Skills

  • Know your professor’s name and office location

  • Use your professor’s office hours to ask questions

  • Do all the homework required for the course

  • Utilize the study-buddy system in every class

  • If you miss class, make up the work

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Math Survival Skills

  • Use all free tutoring and labs available

  • Review all errors on quizzes and exams and make corrections

  • Keep all work in an organized binder

  • Use all work to study for the Final

  • Attend any Final Exam Review sessions

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  • Bonnie Blumberg

  • Nancy Leveille

  • Frankie Solomon

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Thank You

Thank You

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