We currently have an Alg. I class offered through our distance learning
technology. We have 6 students at South Hero; 4 students at North Hero; and
1 student at Grand Isle. I find 15+ students to be harder to manage than
<16 students, but I know that most schools don't have the luxury that we
We rely on the old Orleans-Hannah (sp) and a computation test to decide on
student enrollment in the class. We strive for 85%+ on each of those tests.
If a student is "borderline", we look to parent support and teacher
Hope this helps!
Mary Jane Stinson
Folsom Ed. Ctr.
South Hero, VT
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From: Jim Abrams
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Sent: 12/15/99 11:32 AM
Subject: Re: [MLMATHNET] 8th grade algebra
Date: Wed, 1 Dec 1999 19:59:36 -0500
To: Middle Level Mathematics Network <[log in to unmask]>
From: [log in to unmask] (Joanne Kraft (RIV))
Subject: Re: Alg. 1 & 8th grade correction & thanks
Thank you to everyone who replied to my previous posting concerning Alg.
1 & 8th grade. After our math dept. meeting today, it was decided to add
second section of 8th grade Alg. if the student numbers warrant this.
Please note there is a typing error in my previous posting:
>"Currently, we have one large section of Alg. 1 for the top math
>This year the class has 28 STUDENTS (not 18 students). Presently, we
>in the process of revising "the entrance" requirements for this class
>are wondering how other middle schools select these students."
The students in this section are definitely motivated and teachable.
However, I still find myself frustrated with the lack of time for the
personal attention that some students need. My classes are usually 50
minutes long and meet every day.
We are still in the process of revising our entrance criteria for the
Algebra program and still would appreciate any "tests" or other teacher
criteria used in placing students into this program. I am also
in the number of students in other 8th grade algebra classes. What do
teachers consider the best class size for this type of class? As
before Riverside has 28 students in Alg. 1 out of an estimated 150
Currently, we use the 1997 ed. of Glencoe: Alg 1 Integration,
Applications & Connections. So far I have been pleased with this text.
texts and/or supplemental material do other teachers recommend?
>Thank you again for any and all suggestions or comments.
>Riverside Middle School
>13 Fairground Rd.
>Springfield VT 05156 802-885-8490