I spoke to four teachers cleaning out their classrooms. Every single one of them was in the process of hoarding math text books and scavenging worksheets to help supplement their forced transition into Everyday Math next year.
Of course when the subject of Everyday Math came up while I was talking to two of them, I started my rant. "Your preaching to the choir" was their exact response.
My kids 3rd grade teacher was talking about how she was taking a class in Everyday Math this summer. As a 30 year teacher, she told me how she has been through this before. She said that she talks about she addresses the alternate algorithms like she is required to do, but then says "Now let me show you a better way" and continues to teach like she always has.
My kids future 6th grade teacher had already talked with the middle school pre-algebra teacher about what sort of things she needs to supplement to ensure they are ready for middle school math.
On the way out I ran into the Principle, and made a comment about EM. "Oh I love Everyday Math" was his response.
Strange how the response varied so much between the teachers and the administration.
On another math related note, all three of kids scored advanced in math on their Standards Based Assessment (SBA) end of year tests. My 5th grade son managed to score a 600 out of 600. The only perfect score in any subject in the whole school. Of course next year, all three of them will be taking EM. At least my son qualified to take pre-algebra at the middle school next year, so I won't totally be working on my own on my EM insurgency.
p.s. sorry I haven't posted in a while :)