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From: alan <afredrick1@nyc.rr.com>
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2013021215:19:46
Subject: Re: CSMP



I was a early adopter of "CSMP" in 1981. My district, a pioneering
"lighthouse" one on Long Island sent me to the HQ of the CSMP
founders/trainers in St. Louis  during the summer of that year. From
the fall of 1981 through 1998 I both taught grades 5 and 6  "CSMP
Math" but was the school's Math Specialist for a period in between as
well, having been certified by NY State in k-12 Math. (The 10-12 part
was a stretch, but I enjoyed the inscription on the State
Cert./License.)
In nearly every way CSP was bold, innovative, "different" and
fostered, no-- demanded a fresh look and inspection of "math" as it
was taught--and sadly, too often is in the elementary grades, on Long
Island and far beyond, nation-wide , I suspect.
Most children see and are told that the "arithmetic" they experience
equals "math."
Not so.
CSMP brought them into the world of logic, problem solving, 
probability, geometry, pre-algebra and analytical and critical
thinking.
"Joy from math?"
 Yes, if any of CSMP's strands, elements, concepts still exist in the
minds or on the bookshelves of any current or former elementary
teacher they both, teacher and source materials ought be treasured,
used, disseminated for-ever !
NICK's Way is just one of numerous exciting ways to THINK through the
tool of Mathematics.

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