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Math teachers collaborate for success

By JANE ROBERTS
The Commercial Appeal

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. (AP) - Drop in on the Algebra I teachers' meeting that rocks to life on Wednesday mornings at Germantown High School and you're likely to hear talk about slope or perhaps the Fibonacci sequence.

That happened last month, but there was so much more to it. The conversation was fast, task-oriented and focused. For 40 minutes, no one talked about anything but algebra, how to make it real, how to make it cool, and what combination of questions should be on the nine-week exam.

In Shelby County Schools and in other districts, these regularly scheduled subject or grade-level gatherings are called professional learning communities - time built in to each school day or week for teachers to spend more time talking to each other about what's working and what isn't.

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