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Topic: Spiraling
Replies: 2   Last Post: Jun 7, 1995 8:08 AM

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A. Karassowitsch

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Registered: 12/6/04
Re: Spiraling
Posted: Jun 7, 1995 8:08 AM
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>Judy Roitman says:
>>Spiraling is the one thing about Saxon that everyone seems to like. What
>>other series spiral? I think UCSMP does, but never having used it don't
>>know for sure.

>Regarding other series that "spiral". The Algebra Learning Project
>developed here at the University of Hawaii uses "development over time",

>The Geometry Learning Project (of which I am the director) takes a similar
>approach to development over time, and also revisits topics at different
>times during the year at different levels of abstraction (cf. Van Hiele
>levels). While it has aspects of spiraling, that is more an outcome than an
>a priori intent.

Gary and Judy have commented on the issue of spiralling math series. I
worry though that in the course of spiralling the material gets watered
down. You two have talked about higher levels; at the 4-7 level the
materials that we work with are as much as 40% review from year to year.
Teachers have to really be careful and make sure they separate the wheat
from the chaff, (teaching the curriculum or the textbook), or time is

Our materials are purported to spiral as well. I don't think that this is
an effective use of a valuable design element. Curriculum should spiral
but is seems to be difficult to design effectively.

ps. B.C. (Canada for those of you who didn't know) has developed a new K-7
curriculum and Integrated Resouce Package that look outstanding. Is it
worth posting an address from which they might be obtained?

A. Karassowitsch
Learning Assistance Teacher
R.L. Angus Elementary
School District #81 - Fort Nelson, BC Canada

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