Best Math Curriculum

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  1. RuralPAteacher

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    My school is choosing a new math curriculum.

    What program do you use and would you recommend it?


    Just to note: Two programs that are being considered are GO MATH and Scott Foresman. I googled reviews on both of these and so far have only found horrible things about them.
     
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  3. SCTeachInTX

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    I loved Everyday Math when I taught it. And our district uses Envisions. Both are good programs but my fav is Everyday Math. They are both manipulative based and both curriculums spiral.
     
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    I heard (and could be wrong) that they are trying to get away from Everyday Math because they kids that had it the entire time who are now in high school are pretty terrible at math.

    I loved teaching Everyday Math too and I almost wish the district I work for now used it, but they use a very outdated crappy curriculum.
     
  5. RuralPAteacher

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    I have experience with Everyday Math and also like it. However this is not an option. The other teachers do not like the program and I believe it is too costly.


    What do you think about Math Expressions or Sigapore Math?
     
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    We are adding Singapore Math right now to our younger grades, I have heard good things about it. But from what I understand they teach entire concepts in a grade (without moving on to others). It would take a long time for the curriculum to properly flow through a school. It's supposed to be better for the new common standards.
     
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    We use Investigations which I think is great for kids who "think that way." However, for students with language disabilities it poses a challenge.
     
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    My school just switched from Saxon to Math Connects (Macmillan/McGraw-Hill). We looked at a few others (Singapore, GoMath, Sadlier-Oxford) but decided this was the best fit for our school. The middle school teacher is already using it, and they have tons of online components for the students and families.

    We haven't actually used it yet, so I can't give a review yet. We're hoping for an in-service before school starts.
     
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    We use Math Expressions and I love it!
    Our grade k-2 loves it, but grade 3 does not.
     
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    math expression

    I researched information on schools that piloted math expression. They graded many components of the program and rated each grade. Third grade received the worst scores. From my findings it looks like perhaps the third grade curriculum is not made as well as the others. It stated that the third grade books did not do as well in meeting core standards either.

    If you are interested check out the review this school in my area did on Math Expression and two other programs. Look at Appendix D- Piolet Teacher Summary.

    (since I can not post a link I altered it)

    w w w .scasd.org/page/72
     
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    We use Houghton Mifflin and it is just another textbook in my opinion. I loved math when I taught with Everyday Math. I still use many of the games with my class.
     
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    We use Developing Number Concepts (DNC) by Kathy Richardson. This will be my 5th year and I am still trying to figure it all out. I understand the theory behind it... but it is quite challenging
     
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    Our district switched to GoMath! (Florida) last year. It was a big change from our previous text (Harcourt) but I really liked it. I'll admit that a lot of teachers really hated it at first because it presents things in a whole new way. It gives the kids multiple strategies for each topic (some were hard to teach). It also offers more higher order thinking problems. My
    3rd graders made good growth in math and did great on the FCAT. There are a lot of resources for centers/stations, online activities and leveled readers. I'm looking forward to using this again and digging even deeper into all of the resources available.
     
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    No matter what math program I use, I always pull in my own things and make sure that I am covering every standard that we have. No matter what we have used (an old Harcourt book or Investigations (really crummy in 5th) I have always had to do this anyway... I think that no matter what series is chosen for a school, as long as YOU know you're covering what you are supposed to cover, you can make it work.
     
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    We are going through the same thing in our district right now. I'm on a committee that will choose the new program for our district. We are looking for a new program that is aligned with the common core standards.... currently we are using EDM (Everyday Math) and the 3rd edition that we currently have is poorly aligned to the common core. EDM has come out with a CC edition, but its terrible. And frankly, a spiral curriculum is the last thing that you want with potential quarterly assessments. Anyway :whistle: We will be checking out materials and hearing the spiels from EnVision (Pearson/Foresman/Addison Wesley), Investigations (Pearson), Go Math (Harcourt), and Math In Focus (Singapore Math).

    I can't give any feedback yet because I havent seen the products... but those are what we have narrowed it down to! :)
     
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    I understand the teachers hating certain methodologies at first. During the 2009-2010 school year, we had Investigations, and then Envision Math was added last year. I am not a fan of Envision; I am more so a fan of Investigations, actually, but I was not then. However, my kids during that year did a PHENOMENAL job on the FCAT. That was the year I had nearly ten level 5's (out of 21 students), so I know hands-on "works". :cool:

    We used to have Harcourt Math, which was basically another "textbook". I had been used to teaching with that resource for five years, though, and the transition to hands-on math was challenging for me at first. However now, I feel comfortable with it.
     
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    Saxon Math.
    The kids love it, even the low ones. No one has groaned when it's time for Math in years.
    I've taught Everyday Math, and the parents can't understand the homework. If you have a transient population, it doesn't work, because your new students won't review what you've already covered, and become hopelessly lost.
     
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    We use HM, but to me it's just a resource. I rarely even use it. I find different ways and methods to teach the standards.
     
  19. YoungTeacherGuy

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    When I taught 2nd grade, we used HM in grades K-3. Didn't like it at all. Prior to using HM, we used Harcourt. Thankfully, I hung on to all my Harcourt materials and I used them to supplement the HM program.
     
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    I use Investigations. I really like it, but like all math curriculum, I adapt it to meet my needs.

    And as for reviews, I have found when we did our research that all of the programs that were more hands on (like Go Math) got poor reviews. The best reviewed are the text book based programs like Saxon. However, we consulted a university math professor and child development specialist in our area (quite well known and published) and she recommended that we NOT go with the reviews- and opt toward something more developmental and hands on, as that's how kids actually learn and internalize the concepts.

    I would avoid anything textbook based, personally.
     
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    I'm not a fan of Saxon. I've used it in K, 2nd & 3rd. Lots of breadth, little depth. I haven't looked to see how the K program matches to common core.

    I know that at the end of the year 2nd grade it was teaching multiplication, it was almost January before multiplication was talked about in the 3rd grade curriculum.

    Therefore, you must supplement like crazy with Saxon.
     
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    We switched from Saxon to Envision last year. Most of our teachers really like Envision. My kids made huge progress last year; I feel all the practice in explaining their thinking really helps them internalize the concepts.
     
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    The only challenge I have encountered with Envision Math is that the advanced population does not have much to work with... therefore I supplement often with AIMS, Investigations, material I create myself, Scholastic resource books, and other resources like Guinness Book of World Records math.
     
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    Online math curriculum

    I think we can switch to Tutorteddy math curriculum. The curriculum is extremely good, cheap and reusable.
     
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    Sorry... is Everyday Math the one that tells you, "Say this..." "Do this..." in a specific sequence?
     
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    We use Scott Foresman and I really love it. It's not perfect by itself, but I do math centers so the kids are constantly reviewing concepts learned previously, which I feel Scott Foresman doesn't do so much.
     
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    Are any of these programs scripted? I could never, ever use a scripted program.
     
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    Oh, I should explain why I like Scott Foresman.It offers different ideas of presenting the lessons based on your learners (EL, advanced, low, etc.), which cuts out my time in trying to think HOW to differentiate. Also, if my kids don't get something, I won't go to the next lesson until the majority of them understand it, and work with the others in small groups.
    In addition, I love their spiral reviews because it reviews recently learned concepts, and throws in much older concepts as well. I start math with a spiral review everyday and the kids love it. We do 4 problems, then they correct it. They can see instantly how well they did. I use the reviews to help me assess their progress, and decide their grouping (as well as what individual practice they need for their folder work).
     
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    We used Saxon for YEARS! I found it was only good for very average students. Struggling learners found it went way too fast, and the advanced students found it boring, boring, boring!

    Once upon a time, every school in the diocese around here used Saxon. I used to ask other teachers if they liked it, and many said yes, but that they had to supplement it A LOT. Doesn't that mean, "No"?
     
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    Pick the easiest one to implement as no program is perfect and you will have to bring in other resources and methods.
     
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    I teach 5th grade and we used Math Expressions. It was really very good - had to tweak some of the lessons, and not everything was covered in the standard course of study, but the lessons are well written and clear.
     

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