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From: Claire (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: Dec 28, 2005 at 15:52:42
Subject: Re: Math

>I'm a member my school district's math textbook adoption committee. We >have viewed Trailblazers, Growing With Math, Everyday Math, Harcourt >Math, and Pearson Scott Foresman. I need to know about actual success, >concerns, weaknessess, and strengths for these programs from teachers >that have used them and not stories from the sales people. This will be >a 6 year committment and I want to get it right. I feel we need a well >rounded program to prepare our students for the future. Thanks. CJ ================ Hi, CJ -- Thanks for writing to T2T. I have no experience most of the programs you mention, but I am quite familiar with Everday Math. I have taught it at grades 5 and 6, and I've worked with teachers in K-6 in implementing it, and with kids needing further enrichment in 1-6. I'm a big fan of the program. It has a large body of research behind it and has undergone considerable revision since its early days. I think it is a good blend of constructivist and direct approaches. It builds strong concepts and is very language-based. Computational skills and fluency are developed through games, which are an integral part of the program, not a frill. It addresses rich and rigorous mathematics, which some teachers at upper elementary levels find to be a challenge themselves. EM requires a minimum of 60 min per day, 90 is really better. It should not be undertaken without a major commitment to initial and ongoing inservice and support. Its spiraling approach and pacing are very different than what most teachers are accustomed to. It requires thoughtful planning in the implementation phase. Because it is so different, it is very challenging to implement K-6 in one year. The only thing it lacks, from my personal POV, is more non-routine problem solving and math writing. But for that -- there's The Math Forum's Problems of the Week!! http://mathforum.org/funpow/ Let me know if you have any specific questions about EM. I'll let others speak for the other programs. Good luck in your search. -Claire, for the T2T service Thanks for visiting our on-line community. Visit Teacher2Teacher again at http://mathforum.org/t2t/ It is now possible to make a financial contribution to help The Math Forum. Please read more about this possibility: http://www.drexel.edu/ia/mathforum/.

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