## Monthly archives for February, 2013

# Early SKILLS for Later MATH LEARNING

Key Early Skills for Later Math Learning Discovered
July 25, 2011 — Psychologists at the University of Missouri have identified the beginning of first grade math skills that teachers and parents should target to effectively improve children’s later math learning.
A long-term psychology study indicates that beginning first graders tha [...]

# Basic Math Skills Linked to PSAT Math...

Basic Math Skills Linked to PSAT Math Success
Jan. 4, 2013 — New research from Western University provides brain imaging evidence that students well-versed in very basic single digit arithmetic (5+2=7 or 7-3=4) are better equipped to score higher on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT), an examination sat by millions of students in [...]

# Fairfield Math Department thinks 8+5=...

Dr. Title, Mr. Dwyer and other BOE members ask the Fairfield Parents to have faith in our Administrators’ recommendations and decisions as they relate to the Math Education and Programs our children will be receiving in this district for the next several years… TERC Investigations and CPM!
It is upsetting for the Fairfield paren [...]

# The Correct Class to teach CPM &...

DURING GYM CLASS!
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — On a recent afternoon, the third graders in Sharon Patelsky’s class reviewed words like “acronym,” “clockwise” and “descending,” as well as math concepts like greater than, less than and place values.
During gym class.
Ms. Patelsky, the physical education teacher at Everglades Elementary School here, [...]

# “Schools are doing some goofy t...

The directives of the Common Core Standards, English and Mathematics, are being misinterpreted by administrators… How can the community in these districts educate the administration about the intentions and directives of the Common Core?
Timothy Shanahan, who chairs the Dept of Curriculum and Instruction at the College of Education a [...]

# Common Core… Control Totality &...

The Washington Post
The Answer Sheet
Former education commissioner blasts Common Core process — update
Posted by Valerie Strauss on February 13, 2013 at 10:45 am
Updated: Organization that helped pioneer Common Core challenges Scott’s recollection; Scott stands by comments; early Common Core Memorandum of Understanding for states.)
A [...]

# Has Constructivism Increased Special ...

Has Constructivism Increased Special Education Enrollment in Public Schools? By Nakonia (Niki) Hayes nakonia69 January 16, 2013
As a teacher and administrator for 28 years, I rebelled against the disastrous fad of constructivism that began in the 1980’s. While its drumbeaters declared it was a higher form of intellectualism, it didn’t s [...]

# Colorado rolls out Common Core

Critics linger, but Colorado girds for roll-out of Common Core
By Kevin Simpson The Denver Post The Denver Post
Posted:
TimesCall.com
As a ninth-grade earth-science teacher, Cheryl Mosier initially figured the upcoming implementation of national standards for math and literacy would have little impact on her classes at Columbine [...]

# DEATH of MATH

= Death of Math
There is a very good reason that there are so many charter schools in Alpine School District that use Saxon math. Thousands of parents fled the district starting around 2001 when the district wouldn’t listen to them that Investigations math was a disaster.
The district’s mantra was “all the studies show this is the best way [...]

# Will Common Core put an end to Math W...

EN: Will the Common Core put an end to what has sometimes been termed the “math wars”? In your view, do the math standards resemble those recommended by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), and what do you make of that similarity (or lack thereof)?
WSW: The end of the math wars! You must be joking.
There will always be peop [...]

# The Story of Mathematics

ISLAMIC MATHEMATICS – AL-KHWARIZMI
Muhammad Al-Khwarizmi (c.780-850 AD)
One of the first Directors of the House of Wisdom in Bagdad in the early 9th Century was an outstanding Persian mathematician called Muhammad Al-Khwarizmi. He oversaw the translation of the major Greek and Indianmathematical and astronomy works (includi [...]

# CMP and TERC Programs

School math books, nonsense, and the National Science Foundation
This problem comes from a 7th grade math quiz that accompanies a widely used textbook series for grades 6 to 8 called Connected Mathematics Program or CMP.[1] The solution appears in the CMP Teacher’s Guide and is supported by a discussion of sample student work.
Problem: Find [...]

# Drop in % Completing CPM courses in S...

In the NY Times Sunday Review (February 2, 2013) “The Boys at the Back” , there arises the question as to why boys score as well as or better than girls on most standardized test, but are far less likely to get good grades in school, take advanced classes or attend college.
Similar articles, also point out the underachievement of [...]

# TERC Investigations removed in States...

Thursday, April 2, 2009 Sign the petition against TERC math | click here for the link
Math Investigations is a highly controversial math program that has been removed in states, counties, and districts across the country. When you begin to read the research and unravel the data, you will begin to understand what the Board of Education, teache [...]

# Rotten to the Core: Reader Feedback f...

Click here for link .
I have more installments of my Rotten to the Core series on the federalized national curriculum “standards” coming next week. (See parts one and twohere and here.) In the meantime, I’m sharing several of the e-mails pouring in from teachers, parents, and activists across the country who are fighting this juggernaut acr [...]

# Common Core Corrupts

NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE www.nationalreview.com
America’s downfall doesn’t begin with the “low-information voter.” It starts with the no-knowledge student.
For decades, collectivist agitators in our schools have chipped away at academic excellence in the name of fairness, diversity, and social justice. “Progressive” reformers [...]

# Why isn’t Fairfield looking at ...

Common Core Readiness
Holt McDougal Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 were built for the Common Core Math Standards. With program components and features designed to help prepare students for NEW high-stakes assessments, Holt McDougal Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra 2 Common Core Editions are focused on preparing students for the new era in mat [...]

# A Math Teacher on Common Core Standar...

Everyday Mathematic Program is similar to TERC Investigations – Both are Fuzzy Math Programs.
Stephanie Sawyer gives her view of the flaws of the Common Core math standards:
I don’t think the common core math standards are good for most kids, not just the Title I students. While they are certainly more focused than the previous NCTM-in [...]

# U.S. Students still lag globally in M...

Fourth- and eighth-grade students in the United States continue to lag behind students in several East Asian countries and some European nations in math and science, although American fourth graders are closer to the top performers in reading, according to test results released on Tuesday.
Fretting about how American schools compare with thos [...]

# After Implementing CPM in Mansfield A...

Mansfield School District piloted CPM (College Preparatory Mathematics) in 8th Grade Algebra I classes last year, yet scores did not improve.
Actually 8th grade CMT scores dropped in MATH for % AT/ABOVE Goal!
Hooray! CMT scores arrive- BUT are our kids stupide and WHO DO WE FIRE?
From September to March, Connecticut students practiced for the [...]

# Do We Need a New Way to Teach Math?

IMP (Interactive Math Program) is very similar to CPM (College Preparatory Mathematics). These Math Programs were used in the Railside Study. Click here.
Click here for “Do We Need a New Way to Teach Math?” and read the student comments about IMP program. Students (Jose M., Camila, Isabella, Carolina…) who studied under t [...]

# Uniformity Is NOT Equality

The biggest fans of standardizing education are those who look at our children and see only future employees. Click here to link to article
The top-down, test-driven, corporate-styled “accountability” movement — featuring prescriptive state standards — has already done incalculable damage to our children’s classrooms, particularl [...]

# Equalizing Mediocrity

Sandra Stotsky- September 23, 2010 – NY Times. Click here for link
The case for national standards rests in part on the need to remedy the inconsistent aims and inferior quality of many state standards and tests in order to equalize academic expectations for all students. The argument also addresses the urgent need to increase academic [...]

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