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We do not allow calculators in our arithmetic class unless the students
are working on conversions (usually taught near the end of the quarter).


We had some problems with our former textbook because some of the math
problems used large numbers and students became bogged down in working
out the problems.  We switched to using "Basic College Mathematics" by
Tobey and Slater.  The problems are more practical and the students can
complete them without the use of the calculator.  

Marlene Atkins
Academic Director of Transitional Studies
The Illinois Institute of Art Chicago
350 N. Orleans street
Chicago, IL 60654-1593
312-777-8663
FAX 312-777-8787


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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Virginia Reiner
Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 9:08 AM
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Subject: Calculator or No Calculator

Colleagues,

I know this is an age-old dilemma, but this question is again causing
controversy in our developmental math department.  

We offer 2 levels of developmental math, arithmetic and introductory
algebra.  Two out of the three instructors do NOT allow calculators to
be used in arithmetic.  The third is very much pro-calculator.  All 3
allow calculators in algebra.

What is your practice? 

Thanks as always for your help.

Ginny

Virginia Reiner
Director of the Conklin Academic Skills Center
College of Saint Elizabeth
2 Convent Road
Morristown, NJ 07960
973-290-4303
Fax: 973-290-4399

-----Original Message-----
From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
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Sent: Wednesday, November 15, 2006 9:17 AM
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Subject: ideas for campus wide writing program

Colleagues,

 

My current challenge is to address the English and writing needs of the
underprepared students attending my university, without traditional
developmental courses. Would you kindly share any ideas or innovative
programs that you have implemented on your campus? Our needs are great.
I am meeting with my VP for Academic Affairs today!

 

Stacey Sandeford-Lyons

Johnson C. Smith University

Director--Freshman Through Senior Year Experience

Telephone:  (704) 378-1114 & Fax (704) 378-3528

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