As a parent of a fifth grader, I feel compelled to include my feelings/concerns regarding the Investigatons program. As a former fifth grade teacher, I share the following concerns:
1. There is a definite lack of a home/school connection. So many times, my son has brought homework home where it was nearly impossible to give him help. A general lack of focus and instruction within the homework is, I believe, to blame.
2. There are absolutely no previsions for students who may be absent and miss instruction or group work. The program is like a freight train and it just keeps on moving on. On a couple of occasions, this presented an extremely difficult problem for my son.
3. There is a definete lack of on-going assessment with little or no accountability as recommended by NCTM.
4. As I have studied the NCTM standards, these standards call for students to become proficient in basic facts and algorithims. For some, if not many students, this takes practice and memorization. I am not, and never have been, a proponent of "drill and kill", but a certain amount of practice IS ESSENTIAL!
5. Have we all forgotten that in California, the Department of Education called for a special math adoption to rid the state of constructivist math - ALL DUE TO FALLING TEST SCORES!
We now homeschool all of our three children. One of the contributing factors to this was our districts decision to continue teaching math using the constructivist model. What a pity!