From: m. tomzak
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
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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