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From: m. tomzak

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2001032020:46:56
Subject: reply:math series

Julie-You have quite a task ahead of you. Watch out when it comes to
using the five series rated 'exlempary' in the NMSC publications.
While these do match the new standards on paper, all have great
difficulty helping the child understand what is to be learned and are
generally not 'friendly or considerate text', as reading specialists
describe texts when analysing them. Also, the authors of some of these
texts are also on the national committee evaluating them. This is
probably not a purposeful deception, but looks suspicious at best.

The districts near to us use the Connected Mathematics Project
materials 7-12 and find them to be riddled with difficulties, the
least of which includes very poorly written teacher materials for
daily use and very confusing formats to students. Also, the child must
be an above grade level reader to approach these materials adequately
and there is no practice if any type that is not 'non-routine' (the
buzzword of the constuctivists). The teacher materials are an
interesting discussion of mathematics, but not helpful as planners.
Parents are angered by the use of these materials, as there are no
examples included and the integrated approach of the labs make it
difficult for parents to help children or even identify what is being
asked.If you consider these, get many free materials to examine in
depth. If not provided, move on to a more cooperative publisher.

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