To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
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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