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From: Joanne <42.sunflower@gmail.com>
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2009011100:38:02
Subject: Re: 5th and 6th grade math

I have had to teach both general education and special education
classes using Chicago Math and both of my children were subjected to
this during their education in  the same district. I hate it! I have
heard it referred to as the ADHD math program because it can not stay
focused long enough on one concept for anyone to master it.

Both of my children went on to hate math and feel that they will never
be good at math.  As teachers we basically draw from "traditional"
programs and when we use the program we jump around the text to try
and present it in an order that bring success. We wish the district
would get rid of the program but it was so contentious when adopted
that they could never admit it is awful and doesn't deliver.

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