EKS Posted November 4, 2012 Share Posted November 4, 2012 My question: What are the signs that a kid at the precalculus(ish) level is learning procedures without true understanding? What types of errors would you expect to see? Some background--my 16yo son entered a small private school last January. Prior to that he was homeschooled for 8.5 years. In the fall semester prior to school entry, he completed the first semester of precalculus with Derek Owens and got an A. He has dyslexia and ADHD, but he has always been very good at math, working 1-3 years ahead over the course of his homeschooling career and always scoring at the 99th+ percentile on standardized tests. He just about always got As on his math tests when I was teaching him and I believe that my grading procedures were fairly typical. In January, he started "10th grade math" at this new school. It is an integrated math program that culminates in IB SL/HL Math in the 11th and 12th grades. He got Cs on the first several tests last year, and finally, I stepped in and started preteaching and reteaching each lesson, which helped immensely. All along he has been complaining that the teacher never teaches concepts, just procedures. Fast forward to this year. They have had three tests so far. He failed (<50%) the first and third and got an 80 on the second one. He does all the homework and is attentive in class. His pattern of mistakes seems to indicate that he is not learning the math conceptually, but at this level, my math is spotty and so it's difficult for me to judge what's going on. His dyslexia and ADHD make him *very bad* at memorizing procedures without the concepts to make them make sense. I hope this makes sense. I'd appreciate any thoughts you may have. Thanks! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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