_______________________________________________________________________________ Subject: Re: Early Elementary programs From: email@example.com at internet Date: 6/5/95 6:46 PM
>I'd also be interested in hearing about newer and better stuff out there. >I know of middle school and upper grade stuff, but not new primary >programs.
(I am not plugging any of these; I haven't taught from any of them. I'm simply making available some information that I have available. All descriptions were written by the project in question, pared down for posting.)
Here are some programs that were funded by the NSF in the same round as many of the middle and secondary projects that you know about:
TIMS Elementary Mathematics Curriculum Project (K-6) "TIMS is a manipulative-based mathematics curriculum with significant experiences in science and language arts. TIMS curriculum activities are hands-on, collaborative projects ... The teacher is encouraged to help the children to learn to communicate mathematically, both orally and in writing ... The major premise underlying the TIMS curriculum is that mathematics is best learned through active involvement in solving real problems. Science provides an ideal setting for active learning ..." Contact: Howard Goldberg and Phil Wagreich Institute for Mathematics and Science Education M/C 250 University of Illinois at Chicago 840 West Taylor Chicago, IL 60607 (312)996-2448
Cooperative Mathematics Project (K-6) "CMP has been developing "Number Power," a cooperative problem-solving instructional program for elementary mathematics, designed to foster the development of students' number sense and mathematical reasoning, enhance their ability to work together effectively and communicate their thinking, and promote their commitment to basic social values of fairness, responsibility, and concern for others." Contact: Laurel Robertson Developmental Studies Center 2000 Embarcadero, Suite 305 Oakland, CA 94606 (510)533-0213
Investigations in Number, Data, and Space (K-5) "The major goals of this program are to: 1) offer students meaningful mathematical problems and activities 2) emphasize depth in mathematical thinking rather than exposure to a series of fragmented topics 3) communicate mathematics content and pedagogy to teachers 4) serve as a tool for expanding the pool of mathematically literate students" Contact:Susan Jo Russell TERC 2067 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02140 (617)547-0430
There is also an elementary project here at EDC, funded by IBM. This is a technology-intesive program (it requires access to IBM computers for use of the software, which is a major component of the curriculum). It is called "Math and More," and is focused on hands-on (both manipulative and technology) learning and problem solving. Contact: Betty Bjork EDC 55 Chapel St. Newton, MA 02158 (617)969-7100
Hope this is useful to someone. All typos are mine. Etc.
-michelle -- Michelle Manes Education Development Center, Inc. firstname.lastname@example.org