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Marty Gartzman

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Re: nctm-l-digest V1 #229
Posted: Mar 29, 1996 2:43 PM
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>I've obviously missed the beginning of this thread, but I assume it is on
>restructuring the way we teach mathematics. Daniel mentioned several
>programs that are on the market, but he didn't give names. I have
>recently been evaluating math programs for adoption by our school. We
>narrowed the field to Everyday Mathematics, Creative Publications -
>Mathland, and the TERC series entitled Investigations in Number Data and
>Space - published by Dale Seymour. I'm curious as to whether any of these
>series are among the ones you're referring to, Daniel.

The National Science Foundation funded three elementary comprehensive
curriculum projects to develop full math curricula for the elementary
grades. Two of the projects (Everyday Math and Investigations in Data,
Number and Space) were listed above. The third, Math Trailblazers: A
Mathematical Journey Using Science and Language Arts, is being developed by
the TIMS Project of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Grades 1-3 of
the TIMS curriculum will be available beginning next month (at the NCTM
meeting in San Diego) through Kendall/Hunt Publishing. Grades K, 4, and 5
of Math Trailblazers are going through their final year of field testing
and will be available in spring 1997. For information about Math
Trailblazers, you can call Kendall/Hunt at 1-800-KHBooks.

Other publishers, such as Creative Publications (as listed above) have
created their own versions of Standards-based mathematics programs. The
availability of several comprehensive and viable alternatives to
traditional math programs should make it considerably easier for schools to
move to a Standards-based approach; at least they won't be forced to, as
was suggested in an earlier post, rewrite major portions of the mathematics
curriculum on their own.

Marty Gartzman

Marty Gartzman
Institute for Mathematics and Science Education
University of Illinois at Chicago

phone: (312) 413-2971
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