>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 Institute for Mathematics and Science Education University of Illinois at Chicago