tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-30226356.post115128500816377762..comments2024-02-16T23:32:12.073-08:00Comments on The Exponential Curve: Which Geometry texts do you like?Dan Wekselgreenehttp://www.blogger.com/profile/08696028020767073620noreply@blogger.comBlogger2125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-30226356.post-1151618318521261152006-06-29T14:58:00.000-07:002006-06-29T14:58:00.000-07:00The info & sites below are but a small amount of d...The info & sites below are but a small amount of data I've submitted to our local school board in an attempt to rid our district of "Discovering Geometry"<BR/><BR/><BR/>http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:fE6pz6tWyscJ:www.georgetown.txed.net/<BR/>ngc/academics/courseguideb2002.pdf+%<BR/>22discovering+geometry%22+failure&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=94<BR/><BR/>“Prerequisite: Teacher / Parent placement <BR/>Discovering Geometry introduces students to basic geometry concepts. It is a hands-on <BR/>approach designed to help students who struggle <BR/>with math. This course is not designed to prepare <BR/>students for higher mathematics…” <BR/><BR/>And this: from some school in Arizona - <BR/>http://santaritapage.com/greatschool/mathematics.html<BR/><BR/>“Discovering Geometry (1, 2) (Year) 11-12 <BR/>Discovering Geometry is a two semester alternative for junior and senior level students who have previously failed traditional geometry. In this course which incorporates cooperative learning methods, students actually create geometry for themselves as they work through the labs, activities, and original problems. Students use hands on methods to learn to recognize, draw, describe, analyze shapes and representations in the physical world. The course is aligned with the TUSD Core Curriculum and the Arizona State Standards for Mathematics. While some review of basic algebra concepts and AIMS concepts takes place in this class, it is not recommended as a prerequisite for Intermediate Algebra. <BR/><BR/>The sites below show how "Discovering Geometry" is used by scores of middle schools across the US. Hardly a proper book for rigorous HS study. <BR/><BR/>http://www.madison.k12.wi.us/hamilton/8thgrade.htm<BR/><BR/>http://www.waterfordschool.org/oncampus/academics/curriculum/mscurriculum.htm<BR/><BR/>http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:_WClQw6wa3oJ:www.minnetonka.k12.mn.<BR/>us/teachinglearning/Curriculum%2520Updates%25202005-06.pdf+%22Discovering+geometry%22+middle+school&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=16<BR/><BR/>http://www.lakeview-academy.com/documents/msmathscience.htm<BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>And from Alaska: <BR/><BR/>Sandy Schoff, Math Curriculum Coordinator, presented the two new math texts that were selected by the math textbook selection committee. Math Matters 2 is for juniors and seniors who have met the algebra requirement <BR/>for graduation, but did not pass the HSGQE. It contains both algebra and geometry, and will serve as repetition, refresher, and catch-up for those <BR/>students. Discovering Geometry is a concept/activity based presentation of geometry that will serve as an alternative text for the Informal Geometry class.<BR/><BR/>http://72.14.203.104/search?q=cache:Bs57zfVyCfoJ:www.asdk12.org/<BR/>School_Board/MECAC/Archives/2000-2001/Minutes/M20010419.pdf+%22Discovering<BR/>+geometry%22+middle+school&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd=55<BR/><BR/>I respectfully offer this as anecdotal proof that Serra's "Discovering Geometry" has no place as the sole means to deliver a proper geometry education.<BR/><BR/>reed <BR/><BR/>--Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-30226356.post-1151317372972645612006-06-26T03:22:00.000-07:002006-06-26T03:22:00.000-07:00Jurgenson's Geometry is also very good, but theone...Jurgenson's Geometry is also very good, but theone recommended to me by several mathematicians is by <BR/>Adkins/Weeks. My personal favorite is by Moise/Downs, still available from Pearson's, and in a previous incarnation was the SMSG "Geometry" text used in the new math era in the 60's. It is excellent and very rigorous, but may be too rigorous for some. Good as a supplemental book, though, and full of good, tough, thought provoking problems.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com