Sunday, January 24, 2010

Updates

Well, it's been a long time since I've had time to write here.

You may notice there's a slight change in my "about me" section. I have completed my Bachelor's degree! Now I'm applying to teacher programs.

I cannot wait to actually get into a classroom!

I'm working with students in Algebra I, Algebra II, and studying for the S.A.T. this year.

Since I'm working with SAT students, I found this blog post at Math Me Thinks. She references this NYT article. If you don't go to the article, it basically says that the biggest indicator of how well someone will do on the SAT is family income. Every $20k increase in annual income corresponds to an average of a 12-point increase on the SAT.

I suppose that makes sense, because parents that make more money can afford more in the way of preparation materials, extra tutoring sessions, etc. But it's a bit depressing. Kids whose parents make more money have a better chance of doing well on college entrance exams, which can get them into better schools, which can help them get a higher income.

The problem is, how do we help those on the lower economic rungs? There are smart kids at all economic levels. So, how do we bring up that average?

And what about the statistical anomalies? The kids with families that make in the upper income brackets, but still don't score well?

In poking around looking for ways to help my students, I found this site where you can sign up to have an SAT question of the day emailed directly to you.

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