kitchen table math, the sequel: Anchorage School District Middle School Math Textbook Adoption

Monday, July 23, 2007

Anchorage School District Middle School Math Textbook Adoption

According to their website, the Anchorage School District has adopted MathScape as their 6-8 grade math text book.

Of course there was never any doubt about whether they were going to adopt "reform" math. The four choices they had to decide upon were, Connected Math, Math in Context, MathScape, and Math Thematics. I suppose it was just a matter of figuring out which one was the fuzziest.

According to the School District memorandum, here are some of the strengths of the program (emphasis mine)

Student:
The program provides the following for the needs/rights of students:

• know the purpose of learning, including objectives, standards, goals, criteria and evaluation rubrics
• choose from a variety of strategies to explore, solve, and communicate math concepts
• engagement through a variety of activities, which may include independent projects, cooperative learning, manipulatives, technology, collaborative work, etc.
feel connected and free to take risks
• a belief that math can be learned
• opportunities for self-monitoring and self-reflection
• make connections to real life applications
• support at individual learning levels

Teacher:
• Teacher makes meaningful connections between math and real-life.
• Teacher has high expectations for success and achievement for all students.
• Teacher uses a variety of instructional and assessment strategies (differentiated instruction, cooperative learning, exploration & learning extensions, use of manipulatives and technology, and other best teaching practices).
• Teacher clearly states classroom expectations, and content and language objectives. • Teacher provides time for student reflection & meta-cognition.
• Teacher communicates with and is available to parents and students.
• Teacher receives appropriate and ongoing professional development & training (knowledgeable of pedagogy, content, and vertical alignment of curriculum).
• Teacher is provided adequate time and opportunity for grade-level and vertical collegial collaboration and support.
You notice there is nothing about fluency, mastery, clear examples, computation, standard algorithms, etc...

What do you expect from a school district that uses Everyday Mathematics?

Cross-posted at Parentalcation

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

"a belief that math can be learned"

Hmmm. Really? Math can be learned? This is big news!

Catherine Johnson said...

I wish people would stop reflecting on stuff.

Catherine Johnson said...

opportunities for self-monitoring and self-reflection

I also with people would stop giving our kids opportunities to do stuff nobody wants to do

Catherine Johnson said...

NOBODY WANTS TO SELF-REFLECT OR SELF-MONITOR

ESPECIALLY SELF-MONITOR

SELF-MONITORING IS SOOOOOOOO NOT FUN

Catherine Johnson said...

Aren't I supposed to be writing a book?

Catherine Johnson said...

right this minute?

SusanS said...

Thank God they're going to give some time for meta-cognition. That's really what's been missing all this time.

Catherine Johnson said...

ditto that

Catherine Johnson said...

You notice there is nothing about fluency, mastery, clear examples, computation, standard algorithms.

It really is extraordinary.