April 26th: The end of the semester is in sight, so now is the time to start thinking about next year. We want to bring in more faculty. Hence each of the faculty colleagues should arrange for a flex activity as early in the fall semester. If you need help, please contact Bodhan or Terrie.

Our next meeting will be May 13th from 3 - 5 here at Mesa College. At that time we can work on an agenda for these presentations.


 

March 15th: We had a great discussion last Friday. Be sure to check the minutes for more informaiton.

Guillermo reported on the 'weekly activities' he has been sending out to his department. If you would like to receive his updates, please send him an email.

Jenny commented that with the cuts in course offerings there is a discussion on which courses should be cut. Basic skills or transfer?

Assessment testing vs diagnositc as a means of placement came up in discussion This has been added to our discussion page in the Dev. Math site.

Each faculty colleague is expected to bring at least two contributing members to the group each month. It was felt that the best way to do this was to make personal contact with prospective individuals.

Given that the website is not very user friendly, Bohdan and Terrie are willing to come help at any department meetings.

Don't forget the two acceleration workshops coming up:

March 25th at Miramar College (free) and will look at math and English only.

April 8th at Mesa College (although this originally had a fee it is now free) and will look 13 different models of acceleration for a variety of disciplines.
 

March 7th:

It looks like most of you have not had time to update your blogs. Let's try to have something to share by Friday March 11th. Information about the location, agenda and conference call options will be coming in a separate email.

Guillermo has been sending out activities linked to the curriculum each week.

From BAKE: Hungwen Chang of Laney College is trying to identify an affordable textbook in arithmetic to replace our current book, customized for Laney and costing just under $20. "The contract for the current deal is expiring soon.March 7th:At this moment we have some options in mind. But it would be great if someone points us to resources that we are not aware of presently." You can email Hungwen directly at hwchang@peralta.edu

<mailto:hwchang@peralta.edu> , with a copy to the BAKE regional coordinator at tcarey@projects.sdsu.edu <mailto:tcarey@projects.sdsu.edu>

. If there appears to be sufficient interest, we will start a discussion page for further interaction, otherwise Hungwen will aggregate the responses and let us all know which option Laney decides to take.

Tom and I together with Jan Jarrell spoke at the League for Innovation last Monday. Although the group was small, We had some good questions and interest seemed to be there.

March 25th there is a meeting on acceleration for both English and math sponsored by 3CSN. March 7th:.

Barbara Lontz from Montgomery County Community College offered a different pApril 26th: The end of the semester is in sight, so now is the time to start thinking about next year. We want to bring in more faculty. Hence each of the faculty colleagues should arrange for a flex activity as early in the fall semester. If you need help, please contact Bodhan or Terrie.for the arithmetic course. The outline consists of History of Numbers (number sense), Real Number System (all numbers are created equal), Comparison (like and unlike - more number sense). Then using all real number each of the basic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division are used. Solving simple equations using the addition property is included after subtraction and those using the multiplicative property are included after division. The last section combines equations using both the addition and multiplication properties. More info contact Barbara atblontz@mc3edu


Visit NROCmath.org to find out about options for free developmental material. Most of it looks like it is aimed at high school students, however some may be relevant..

 

Betty Frost at Jackson State Community College, TN, gave a a presentation on using a modular curriculum for developmental mathematics. It starts with arithmetic and goes through 'intermediate' algebra (really not much beyond our beginning course). What they have done is to use MathXL and break the curriculum into modules. The first 8 cover through their beginning algebra course and meet the degree and certificate requirement for the majority of their courses. The remaining 4 cover their intermediate algebra course. All students start with module 1 and work up. It they score 85% on the pretest they can move to the next module. To earn a grade a student must pass least 4 modules, The second semester, the students enroll in the B section and continue with the modules they need. Everyone has a particular section and are required to be in the math lab at the specific 'class time'. Attendance is part of the grade. The students are also required to work out 10 problems showing all their work and submitting these to the instructor before completing a module. .More information at www.jscc.edu/smart-math?.

Feb. 22nd: I hope you all had a good 4 day weekend. Updates for this week include:

See Guillermo's blog for step by step information on how to invite people to join our group.

The NSLD group it looking for a possible review process for determining if activities should be included in the national data base. Ideas so far include: use at least 2 reviewers outside of the region posting the resource; set up a way to request that those who use a resource then comment on it. Any ideas?

Faculty colleagues want to encourage people to post resources, however we do want to be careful. We do not want anything that is promoting a person's product. I think this might be a good topic for our discussion at the next meeting.

Upcoming presentations:

March 1st - I will be presenting with Tom on this project at the League for Innovation Conference.

March 5th - Teresa Gallo (City College) and I will be presenting at CMC^3S in Anaheim.

March 11th - We will meet at Mesa College in LRC 208 from noon - 2pm.

March 25th - there will be a workshop on acceleration at Miramar college which might be on interest to you or your colleagues. Feb. 14th: Thanks to all of you who made it to the meeting last Friday. I am emailing the minutes from the meeting to all. Here I will summarized each week's work. At the meeting each college was assigned a particular area of interest.

Southwestern - Basic Math, is their main concern. It appears that students are not prepared for their basic arithmetic course.

Grossmont - Assessment is an issues as they are finding that the cut scores are too low. There is also a significant language problem with the increase in the refugee population in their area.

Palomar - In an effort to improve student success, they are looking to incorporate ALEKS into their developmental curriculum

City - As part of the Statway project, City will be looking at curriculum and implementation.

Meas - Often the students don't read the book because their reading level is below that of the text. In addition, Mesa is developing an accelerated algebra curriculum.

Jan 25th: Welcome to the San Diego Knowledge Exchange (SAKE). If you have made it to this page - congratulations!

Hopefully, you have received a doodle request to set up our first F2F meeting.

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