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My 10th grader is really struggling in Shormann Algebra 2/Geometry this year and has to do most lessons twice and still says he doesn't really understand.  I am thinking about switching him to Teaching Textbooks, CTC, or MathHelp.   I am also 99% sure he has ADD and am in the process of having an evaluation done.  Advice, please.

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My DD tried using Shormann Algebra 2 and made it through maybe 1 chapter before we switched to a different curriculum. I'm not so sure it's the kid that's the issue. 🙂 Knowing what I know now about math curriculum and my kids, I should have put her in the self-paced Mr. D Math. 

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1 hour ago, BookwormTo2 said:

My DD tried using Shormann Algebra 2 and made it through maybe 1 chapter before we switched to a different curriculum. I'm not so sure it's the kid that's the issue. 🙂 Knowing what I know now about math curriculum and my kids, I should have put her in the self-paced Mr. D Math. 

What do you think the issue is?  We have done everything suggested, even starting over.  He did very well going back and did better the second time around on the first exam, but  is now back to being completely confused and thinks he just can't do math.  He is on lesson 33 or 34 and we've just had it with this curriculum.

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1 hour ago, BookwormTo2 said:

My DD tried using Shormann Algebra 2 and made it through maybe 1 chapter before we switched to a different curriculum. I'm not so sure it's the kid that's the issue. 🙂 Knowing what I know now about math curriculum and my kids, I should have put her in the self-paced Mr. D Math. 

What are you using now? He said he dislikes the way the course jumps all over the place, so I think I'm going to put my son in geometry and try algebra 2 again next year.  Shormann Algebra 1 wasn't too bad for him.  Did your daughter do that?

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I've not used Shormann so I can't comment to that particular curriculum.  I have used TT (and Lials, and Saxon, and MUS).  Sometimes a good curriculum is just not a good fit.  Might be a learning style issue or a layout issue.  Oldest dd did not learn well from TT but did amazingly well with Saxon followed by Lial's pre-calculus.  Youngest dd did amazingly well with TT until pre-calculus then did very well with MUS.   Before switching curriculum, evaluate if it is a learning style issue, a curriculum layout issue, an instruction issue, etc.  That way, you can select a different program that is perhaps better suited.  

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3 minutes ago, HollyDay said:

I've not used Shormann so I can't comment to that particular curriculum.  I have used TT (and Lials, and Saxon, and MUS).  Sometimes a good curriculum is just not a good fit.  Might be a learning style issue or a layout issue.  Oldest dd did not learn well from TT but did amazingly well with Saxon followed by Lial's pre-calculus.  Youngest dd did amazingly well with TT until pre-calculus then did very well with MUS.   Before switching curriculum, evaluate if it is a learning style issue, a curriculum layout issue, an instruction issue, etc.  That way, you can select a different program that is perhaps better suited.  

Thank you.  We are going to have him evaluated for adhd, but might not be able to get an appointment quickly.  In the meantime, I need to find something he can succeed in, which seems to be geometry.   I had him try CTC today and tomorrow he'll try TT.  Maybe if he has a say in this, we'll find the one that clicks because I really don't know what to pick.  Math curricula really seems to be hit or miss.  It's so frustrating.

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On 1/21/2021 at 3:26 PM, RubyPenn said:

What are you using now? He said he dislikes the way the course jumps all over the place, so I think I'm going to put my son in geometry and try algebra 2 again next year.  Shormann Algebra 1 wasn't too bad for him.  Did your daughter do that?

We are using Mr. D live for my DS (Algebra 2). It's awesome and my son actually likes math now as opposed to before... As far as Algebra 1 that my DD did, we used Saxon and it was awful. With DS we used Foerster and it was better than the Saxon text, but after that DS requested a live virtual math class. 🙂DD used Shormann briefly for Algebra 2 and did use 2 chapters of the College Algebra CLEP review that Shormann offers and that was fine, but we just didn't have good luck with Shormann. But honestly people learn differently and that could be the reason. DD said there were too many things to watch and click, and looking at it then she seemed correct. I don't think she liked / learned well the way it was taught. I mean, some people love Shormann math and that's because they learn well the way it's taught. Knowing what I know now I think she would have done better with live virtual math classes, but I didn't know about those at the time.

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On 1/21/2021 at 3:26 PM, RubyPenn said:

What are you using now? He said he dislikes the way the course jumps all over the place, so I think I'm going to put my son in geometry and try algebra 2 again next year.  Shormann Algebra 1 wasn't too bad for him.  Did your daughter do that?

I think your idea of putting your son in Geometry now is a good one. Hopefully he likes Geometry better! I've heard good things about Teaching Textbooks, and Math U See is a curriculum some people I know have used successfully.

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