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  1. I think the new sat asks pretty good questions, actually. Last year DS and I spent a little time working on SAT prep and a little time looking at questions for the state tests, and the SAT questions were much smarter and more interesting, actually kind of fun. The national merit score counts the English score twice, so it's a good fit for a Latin kiddo.
  2. I was looking at the catalogue for DS14--who will be continuing on in Latin, and who would love to do some history or Shakespeare there if we could shoehorn it into his schedule--and I wondered if one of the English classes might be a good first online class for his sister. Has anyone tried Worldly Wise or Barbarian Diagrammarian with a youngster?
  3. As an alternative to only positive comments, would she be willing to work with you on just one aspect of each paper? Either take one paragraph and rearrange it OR go through and identify run on sentences OR have her write a clear thesis statement. It can be really overwhelming to focus everywhere at once. I find kids have much more stamina if there is only one job to worry about. Also, I think it can help to think of editing more as getting comfortable with the tools in the toolbox than as fixing a particular paper. Let's work on identifying run-on sentences. Let's go through and flag candidates... What sentences in this paragraph are long enough to warrant a second look? Ok, that one's good. Nice job! This one needs a break somewhere. Where does the break go?
  4. I am looking for a free and straightforward way for writing students to share papers with each other. Have any of you come across an appealing platform for this, in coops or online classes? Thanks!
  5. We are probably going to have ds do math through calculus though aops, and I have a decent feel for what that workload is like. For kids who used aops all the way through calculus and then took college level math courses as dual enrollment, how did the workload compare? In terms of difficulty and also time demands. DS would be at a community college or possibly the local (decent but not flagship) university.
  6. I had a French teacher in high school who would give students who got an A on the final exam an A for the year. It worked to motivate us, and it seemed fair at time and seems so to me now--because the A reflected the material mastered at the end of the year. If it is a question of lots of work that didn't get completed, you might ask the provider to call it an incomplete, so paperwork lines up (even if you don't plan to send the provider's transcript on). Teachermom, I really appreciate the mom grade advice!
  7. Thanks! Kiddo is in eighth now so there is no rush... He is doing a science sat 2 this spring, while it is fresh, and I thought it he's there anyway might as well add a second test. I might have him do a test run on math to practice time management, and have him take it for colleges next year.
  8. Title says it all! DS will be largely through Intermediate Algebra when it would be convenient for us to take the test--would he have covered enough? And, if not, what's the best place in the sequence to take it? Thanks!
  9. Writing teacher here, not a geometer, but I'd say a big part of the learning my DS is getting from AoPS geometry is the writing out of formal paragraph style proofs. I have him start with goal and strategy, thinking through what is hard about a particular problem, how to summarize the approach in a few words, maybe mention what tricky concept is being explored. The writing piece had been challenging, harder than the math sometimes, but thinking through how to present something has helped him appreciate how pretty some of the problems are.
  10. If I remember correctly, the UC application lets the student select rigor for each individual course from a drop down menu that includes honors and AP. If you go through a charter, there is an option to select courses from their list of what the charter offers OR to type in your own name for a course. So it is possible to type in your own name for a course and then label it honors; having, of course, a strong course description to append or at least have available if they ask to verify. My older kiddo is still in Junior high, so this is hypothetical for me, but I am hoping this option will be available to him.
  11. This blog seems to have some useful tips:
  12. This is a very short version that I've pieced together from the link above and from helpful grader comments: Considering the problem What exactly am I being asked for? What is tricky about this problem? (What do I need that I’m not given directly?) What am I given? What can I do with what I am given? Have I used everything I’m given? What strategies will be helpful in solving this problem? Writing a discussion of the problem Goal and strategy: We are being asked for… We will use a basic strategy of... Setting up equations: Name and define variables precisely. When you set up an equation, explain what it represents or how you came up with it. Embed math expressions and equations into a sentence. (But don’t mix words into equations.) Writing it out: Give each equation its own line. When you change an equation, be explicit about what change you made and what justified it. Number different cases when using casework. Use generous amounts of white space. Use diagrams or drawings if helpful. Helpful phrases: We have / we are given… Using the following justification, we do such-and-such to it… Then we… Now we have…. The answer: Box your answer. Give a brief justification of your answer. For a proof, explain how we know it works for all cases. Give your answer in sentence form in the same terms that the problem framed it in. (This can be at the beginning or the end. Put it in its own paragraph.)
  13. Here's the link to the first page:
  14. For homework, it seems fine to me to grade on effort and completeness. And then weight the grade heavily toward the exam. You could also assign one written proof, her choice of which challenge problem, per chapter, and grade those on quality of math and writing. AoPS has a page of hints on writing math proofs, and you can use the text as a model also. The problems are meant to be hard enough that the student stumbles on a few--so grading on all the end-of-chapter problems feels a bit like penalizing the student for working at the appropriate level.
  15. How hard are the Lukeion Greek and Roman history classes, as compared to language classes? Am trying to decide where in kiddo's high school sequence I might put them. DS has done two AoPS classes at the same time, and found it to be a lot. Would two Lukeion classes feel similarly unforgiving? Are the history classes comparable to Latin in terms of time commitment?
  16. Latin 2 study methods at my house: Mon: read chapter, work through self-tutorial exercises & flag hard sentences, write paradigm of the week on board in kitchen, start working on vocab Tue: review vocab, class, type up notes Wed: review vocab, first half of homework Thurs: second half of homework, submit, review for mistakes, flag hardest sentences Fri/weekend: read "Latin is fun and useful," glance over any sentences that were especially hard, take quiz Most helpful are reading the grammar before class and doing the self-tutorial. Kiddo also checks work specifically for verb TENSE and VOICE before submitting.
  17. For ds, the hardest part of starting aops was learning to write up a satisfactory proof (full paragraphs, justifying steps, etc.), and it was helpful to him to start with Algebra a so he could practice those skills before diving into difficult quadratics. He had done aops prealgebra and intro counting and probability at home, and was comfortable with the math approach, but proof writing was hard.
  18. Would it be fair to say that testing out of, say, a science a-g class with the appropriate subject SAT is comparable to taking an AP test without a formal AP class (which I feel absolutely fine doing)? I don't mean that the difficulty level is the same; I know that the AP classes are a higher level. But, in terms of a test validating rigor when the class name doesn't, is that a fair comparison?
  19. Thank you all! The charter money is really helpful, unfortunately. Or, fortunately, I guess. And it goes up once DS is officially in hs. I'd rather not rule out UC right now, if I can help it--but if I have to choose between peace and depth on one hand and a-g on the other, I sure hope I will pick the former.
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