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2. What are some of the advantages of JMAP's Lesson Plans?
JMAPís Lesson Plans are intended as foundation documents for teachers who wish to develop their own lesson plans. JMAP's Lesson Plans summarize many of the big ideas associated with the various strands of mathematics covered in New York Stateís Integrated Algebra, Geometry and Algebra 2 & Trigonometry curricula and provide recommendations for classroom dialogue and student activities. They were developed primarily for Regents prep and review classes, but can be adapted to a variety of teaching needs. Their primary advantages are:
1) They are grounded in past Regents examinations and include problem sets taken directly from previous examinations, thus facilitating the alignment of instruction and statewide assessment; and
2) They are provided free of charge in DOC format, thus facilitating distribution and revision to suit individual teaching and learning styles.
JMAP's Lesson Plans may be adapted for use with a wide variety of texts and pedagogical styles, and JMAP encourages teachers to revise them in ways that will be meaningful to their individual students and classes. JMAP's Lesson Plans may be used for any non-profit purposes including classroom instruction, curriculum development, home schooling, and teacher education courses. When appropriate, we ask only that you cite the Jefferson Math Project as a resource. All materials used in the development of these lesson plans are believed to belong to the public domain. The Jefferson Math Project promotes free distribution of high quality mathematics education resources as a matter of social justice.
3. How can I use JMAP resources with a Mac?
JMAP resources in Word and Adobe format may be accessed using a Mac computer that has Microsoft Word, Adobe Reader or comparable programs installed. JMAP resources in tst format are compatible with the Mac version 6.x of ExamView.
The Worksheet Builder and Saxon programs downloadable from JMAP cannot be installed on a Macintosh computer. Therefore JMAP resources in Worksheet Builder format may not be accessed using a Mac computer. However, you may purchase a program, Parallels Desktop, that allows you to run Windows on a Mac computer. JMAP is edited with a MacBook OS X Tiger donated by Electra Information Systems with Parallels Desktop installed using Windows XP. The new version of Mac's operating system, Leopard, includes a free application called Boot Camp, which also allows you to run Windows on a Mac.
4. Why don't you have copies of the Regency Competency Tests (RCT), NY State Math Tests for Grades 3-8, Math Content Specialty Tests (CST) and Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) available for download?
The RCTs in all subjects are subject to strict control requirements that prevent their being copied and published. The State Math Tests, CSTs and SATs are protected by copyright law. JMAP does offer SAT Prep Exercises based upon the chapters in Amsco's Integrated Algebra textbook.
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The designations of JMAP represent the number of Regents Exam/Test Sampler questions contained in that iteration of JMAP. For example, the first iteration was JMAP 611, with 611 questions from Math A Regents Exams up to and including January 2005.