Is this wrong for me to do?

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  1. MissJill

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    My school uses a different math program then what I have used before. (I have used Everyday Math). So anyway, I bought a 5th grade edition off of EBay to use as a reference. Is that ok to do or would I be crossing a line or something?

    I just wanted to use it to give students different methods if I found that methods provided by their texts were lacking.
     
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  3. glitterfish

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    I say it's right to do. Go you for putting in the extra effort to supplement your own program. I would say many schools would encourage you to incorporate your own stuff, as long as you are following the standards and using their curriculum as a primary resource. I know I certainly do this in all subjects.
     
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    I always pull from a variety of resources. It's not only acceptable, it's expected.

    My department chairman left me 2 algebra books, donated by a local college-- I have no idea how that happened, but I'm always glad for the extra materials. I pick up extra textbooks anywhere and everywhere I can, from garage sales to sample texts from the publishers.

    Big picture: we're looking to educate our kids. Loyalty to a particular product or resource is secondary to that main goal.
     
  5. bandnerdtx

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    If all kids learned learned everything from exactly one source, we'd all be out of a job. You should always look for ways to supplement what you're doing in the classroom.
     
  6. Tasha

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    I think it is what you are supposed to do - unless your school is a place where everyone is supposed to be on the same page at the same time and even then, you could use the extra stuff for the teaching part ;)
     
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    Just make sure that is not all you use.
    My district picks which text they will adopt and we are expected to use it. I use other things, but I do incorporate the adopted series a lot.
     
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    As long as you're just supplementing your school-mandated material, it shouldn't be a problem. They should be happy to have a teacher who cares enough to go to such lengths to teach the kids!
     
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    I think it's great that you are finding something that you are comfortable with, because it will make you a better teacher. I would probably follow the sequence of the school-selected text and then pull or even wholly use sources to fill out that lesson!
     
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    Thanks for the feedback!
    I'm definitely going to use the program that the school chose and just pull some things from Everyday Math to help.

    I can't believe the first day of school is tomorrow!
    EEK!
     
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    I bought Everyday Math as well off Ebay to supplement the math program I have yet to see or will probably get come the first day of school. My School encouraged using other sources. So it couldnt hurt!
     
  12. Ponypal

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    We use Everyday Math where I teach and we are not supposed to supplement, but we all do anyway. There is not just one way to teach a concept. The bottom line is that I am there to teach/help students, and I will help my students by whatever means I can find out there.

    So... to answer your question...YES, go for it!
     
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    Heavens, no, you are NOT crossing the line! :) I supplement to eternity. No worries.
     
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    I've never seen a program in any subject that I thought was comprehensive enough or had all the elements I needed. We got a bunch of sample kits for math because our district was previewing for a new adoption - I kept all those TE's and workbooks in case there were things in there I could use (they were going to be discarded).
     

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