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Memo remedial math lab proposal

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Memo remedial math lab proposal

  1. 1. MEMO COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCE Department of MathematicsDATE: May 18, 2012TO: Mr. George Gbakolay Dean of the College of Natural ScienceFROM: Mr. Nathan Penn Chairman of the Department of MathematicsSUBJECT: Recommendation for Remedial Math Tutorial LabIT IS NECESSARY FOR THE MATHEMATICS DEPARTMENT TOESTABLISH A MANDATORY TUTORIAL LAB. [The one (1) credit labwill supplement the three (3) credit classroom lecture.] High schools are graduating students with inadequate backgrounds in basic math. Some of these students are accepted into Cuttington University, although they score far below the norm on the entrance examination. After a semester at Cuttington University,assigned to overcrowded lecture- only remedial classrooms, poorly performing students are passed on to precalculus (101) and higher math courses. Remedial math carries four credits. One of those credits is designed for a mandatory math lab.Studentworksheets in the tutorial lab will be designed based on individualizedlesson plans. A complete course of worksheets, developed from basic math andpre-algebra, will be provided: a) the student’s math skills will be assessed;b) theneach student will be required to complete specific worksheets (taking them “fromwhere they are to where precalculus needs them to be” as a prerequisite).
  2. 2. AN OUTLINE OF THE COMPLETE COURSE OF WORKSHEETSFirst, a mathematics pretest will help decide which individual skills need to beworked on the most. Then, a bank of worksheets will be available to cover thefollowing topics: 1. Whole Numbers - a review of whole numbers and basic computational skills (four basic operations); begin to work problems; practice estimation skills after reviewing how to round numbers. 2. Using a Calculator - learn how to use a calculator; use calculator to solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division whole number problems. On later worksheets, use the same calculator for decimal, percent, and fraction problems. 3. Problem Solving - practice problem solving strategies, mental math strategies, and estimation strategies. These strategies will help the student do much more with numbers than simply calculate. 4. Decimals - practice all the necessary computational skills with decimals. Solve many word problems involving money that require calculations with decimal numbers. 5. Fractions - practice the four basic operations with fractions and mixed numbers; including plenty of practice solving word problems. 6. Ratios and Proportions - besides plenty of problem-solving practice, students will also see and use the important relationships among fractions and decimals. 7. Percent - practice with what percent means, by changing decimals or fractions to percent. Included are practice problems for use with the calculator. 8. Working with Data - practice the application of concepts, such as, mean, median, mode, range, bar graphs, line graphs, circle graphs, and probability. 9. Basic Algebra - practice with exponents, square roots, and order of operations. Solve equations, use formulas, and graph points on a coordinate plane. 10.Measurement and Geometry - practice using the standard metric units of measurement. Work with the basic definitions of geometry. Practice finding the perimeter, circumference, area, and volume of basic geometric figures.This Remedial Math Lab (010-L) will give the individual student “good luck” withfuture studies. This lab practice will exercise and discipline the student’s mind.
  3. 3. MANAGEMENT OF THE REMEDIAL LAB ROOM M20The Chairman of the Mathematics Department will be responsible for theover-all supervision of the Math Lab and the two Lab Assistants (LAs). TheChairman will monitor operations of the Lab and perform evaluations of theperformance of the LAs.Room M20 will remain a partitioned room with one LA responsible fortutoring students in the completion of worksheets on one side. Theblackboard will be available for ease in assisting up to 25 students in theirindividual worksheets.The other side of the partition will have 20 student desks and 5 computertables. The other LA will monitor and assist students in their independentwork. Students will be able to use the lab’s 10 textbooks and other basic mathbooks to research assignments. The 5 computers will be designated for on-linemath skill development applications only.The LAs must be juniors or seniors with a strong background in matheducation. LAs will be responsible for each student signing-in, signing-out,and the appropriate use of Lab facilities. LAs will receive reduced tuitionbilling (teaching assistantships).The student must attend the lab at least one hour per week. When formal labis not in session, students are allowed to work in the lab -- books, computers,blackboards, etc. -- as long as supervision is available.The Chairman and the LAs will collaborate to decide each student’s labgrade, which will account for 25% of the final grade for Remedial Math 010.Final lab grade-sheets must bear the Chairman’s signature.

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