To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Subject: Re: Re: math pilot
In response to Debra, I taught fourth grade this year and my ITBS scores are back and they are phenominal. I can only attribute it to the Everyday Math program. I do know about Saxon though I have never used it. I think children, especially upper elementary kids would be bored with it. All five of the pilot teachers in my the building had struggling students and we just took them along with us. We aimed high and low and behold those children did better than expeced. Many of the Title 1,Special Ed. and ESOL students get extra help, but what would have been wonderful for them is if these teachers and para pros where on target with the program too. Unfortunately, they were not since it was a pilot, but next year they will be. Struggling students are the ones who most need everyone to be on the same page and when we aren't it is totally unfair to them. This is the one peice of advice I can give. If and when a pilot is chosen all key people involved with that class need to be trained and using the same principles and philosophies then you can see exactly how all members of the class can handle the pilot series. It also helps when piloting a series that you have other people in your building or district to talk to. We had one teacher in our builing who was piloting something totally different from the rest of us and it was extremely difficult for her.
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