## Posts in category Alternatives

# New Math – Part II 3 Reasons Wh...

My students come to me for math tutoring because they continue to flounder with the “new math” curriculum. For a complete description of what is being taught and how it feels for students, see Part I of this series. Part I – The New Math: Why We Have It
If expert mathematicians have redesigned the curriculum, why aren’t the results bette [...]

# Why We have the NEW MATH? Part 1

The NEW Math: Part I – WHY We Have It
“PLEASE, can you help me, Mrs. D.? We are having a math test TOMORROW and I don’t understand anything!” This has been the most common complaint I have from my sixth- and seventh-grade tutoring students (ages 11-13). Whether the topic involves geometry, equations, story problems, or even [...]

# The Resurgence of Ability Grouping an...

This study examines the use of ability grouping and tracking in America’s schools. Recent NAEP data reveal a resurgence of ability grouping in fourth grade and the persistent popularity of tracking in eighth-grade mathematics. These trends are surprising considering the vehement opposition of powerful organizations to both practices. Although [...]

# Narrowing the Achievement Gap: how cu...

Out In Left Field
OILF is a blog for left-brainers and parents of left-brainers. It discusses left-brain needs, promotes left-brain strengths, and monitors right-brain biases (esp. Reform Math, Constructivism, and cooperative learning) in education and elsewhere. February 26, 2013
Narrowing the achievement gap, as I noted earl [...]

# You need to add, subtract, multiply a...

You need to add, subtract, multiply and divide to code. Computer programming is an empowering skill to learn. Programmers of tomorrow are the wizards of the future!
Schools don’t teach kids how to read or write code… WHY NOT?
It’s [computer programming] about breaking down problems rather than discovering algorithms.
Gates s [...]

# Common Core in Math are partially bas...

Singapore Math and the Common Core Standards
Singapore Math and the Common Core Standards in Mathematics
The introduction to the Common Core Standards in mathematics contains the following quote:
The composite standards [of Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore] have a number of features that can inform an international benchmarking process for the [...]

# Send “Yes” for Singapore...

Letter: Add Your Voice to Fairfield Math Curriculum Debate
This is a call to action from a Fairfield parent to others to unify on the math curriculum front.By Enrico Email the author March 2, 2013 Click here for article in Patch
We hope you are aware of the changes going on with your child’s math curriculum at this point and are concerned [...]

# Four Math Programs Piloted in Fairfie...

Parents urge you to spend a few minutes reading these comments provided by a Fairfield parent. You can make your own assessment. The program most lacking in public comment and analysis outside of sponsor-related marketing material is Origo Stepping Stones-a new program
1)Analysis/ Comparison of Singapore Math, Math in Focus and TERC (Origo St [...]

# Singapore Math: Ending the Spiral of ...

Posted by swhited on Friday, December 30th, 2011 at 8:32 am
Singapore Math: Ending the Spiral of Non-Mastery
Singapore is a world leader in math education, but that wasn’t always the case. Starting in 1980, Singapore began to develop its own curriculum instead of importing textbooks from other countries with dramatic results. Singapore’s stud [...]

# Singapore Math: Professional Lives of...

A Math Teacher’s Travel Journal to Singapore The Singapore Math Forum
Day 1 – Part 2
The Professional Lives of Teachers
by Bill Jackson Monday, 31 August, 2010, Singapore
Teachers work very hard at the Singapore Girls’ Chinese School (SGCS), normally arriving by around 7:00 AM and going home at around 5:00 PM, somet [...]

# Singapre Math: Five Key Features

The Daily Riff EXCLUSIVE
Editor’s Note: Singapore is notable for their outstanding Math scores (here and here) internationally. Yet the lessons and Singaporean practices learned and shared by American Math teacher Bill Jackson during this past week’s trip to Singapore, not only surprises(!) but also may seem extremely counter- [...]

# Singapore Math :The Most Visual Math-...

Better For Problem Solving? Why Are Visualizations & Drawing As Important As Numbers? Plus Bonus Video Below
Editor’s Note: Math-phobia is one of the more challenging issues for our students and for this country’s educational make-up and there is much to learn from other leading countries such as Singapore.
This i [...]

# Singapore Math : Bringing Signapore M...

. . .this deep understanding of elementary math seems to be lacking in many U.S. teachers. I know because I was one of them before I began this journey and I am still learning . . .” –Bill Jackson
ED. Note: Math-phobia is one of the more challenging iss [...]

# Singapore Math – Why Our Kids D...

Singapore Math:
Can It Help Solve Our Country’s Math-phobia?
Editor’s Note: Due to the interest expressed over our previous posts about Singapore Math and the non-Singaporean-specific classic, “Why Our Kids Don’t Get Math” here, The Daily Riff is featuring an exclusive original four-part series by Bill Jack [...]

# 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, [...]

# Marks of a Good Mathematics Program

Marks of a good mathematics program
It is impossible to specify all of the characteristics of a sound mathematics program in only a few paragraphs, but a few highlights may be identified. The most important criterion is strong mathematical content that conforms to a set of explicit, high, grade-by-grade standards such as the California [...]

# Fairfield Elementary Math Program Tri...

Fairfield Elementary Math Pilot Programs
Riverfield, Grade 1, Singapore Math – Primary Mathematics , Number of Students =71
Riverfield, Grade 2, Origo Stepping Stones, Number of Students = 67
Osborn Hill, Grade 1, TERC Investigations, Number of Students = 85
Jennings, Kindergarten, Singapore Math – Math in Focus, Number o [...]

# Miracle Math

While the goal of bolstering high-school math is a laudable one, the success of high-school students in math depends on what they’ve learned in the lower grades. If those foundations are weak….
A successful program from Singapore tests the limits of school reform in the suburbs
By BARRY GARELICK It was another body blow to education [...]

# Singapore math is “our dirty li...

The success of Singapore’s programs relies in many ways on more traditional approaches to math education, such as explicit instruction and giving students many problems to solve, in some ways its very success represented a slap in the face to American math reformers, many of whom have worked hard to eliminate such techniques being used.
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# Singapore Math in Scarsdale Middle Sc...

Scarsdale Middle School Math
Singapore Primary Mathematics
“seeking to inspire lives of contribution through an exemplary public education in the liberal arts tradition”
“The purpose of mathematics education is to nurture an ongoing appreciation, enthusiasm and curiosity for mathematics as all students learn to effectively use mat [...]

# Bringing Singapore Math To Your Schoo...

…even with the difficulties and challenges of using Singapore math in the higher grades, the benefits outweighed the drawbacks.
It is important to consider students’ current state of learning when implementing Singapore math. This is because the level of mathematical rigor in Singapore math is higher than in most U.S. math program [...]

# Fairfield District Leaders are Interp...

A New Kind of Problem: The Common Core Math Standards – by Barry Garelick from The Atlantic
Scroll down to comments: NOTE the Comment by Bill McCallum (one of the authors of the Common Core): William McCallum barrygarelick • 13 days ago
It seems strange to me to be basing a claim on a couple of sentences in a draft document about the [...]

# Singapore Math: Expect more schools i...

“My students actually have become better math thinkers,” said Scott Sheets, a fifth-grade math teacher at Clays Mill Elementary, which began using Singapore math this year.
As its name indicates, Singapore math was developed in the small southeast Asian nation that bears its name. It has attracted the interest of American educators because st [...]

# Singapore Math with successful result...

Davidson called math a fundamental skill connecting to all other types of learning. “Math teaches you how to think,” he said. “I want our students to learn to be great thinkers.”
Singapore Math: Great and Quick Results in California and Kentucky
While Singapore math now is being taught as part of a pilot program in nin [...]

# The Common Core Math Standards

the Common Core defers fluency in division to grade 6. Fractions are touted as the Common Core’s greatest strength, yet the Common Core pushes teaching division of fractions to grade 6 without ever expecting students to master working with a mix of fractions and decimals. Students in Singapore, Japan, Korea, and Hong Kong achieve fluency in f [...]

# The Poverty Myth Persists

Want a convenient scapegoat for our problems? Poverty. It’s there, it’s handy.
I sat through an hour meeting of our small school district’s budget committee last week, most of it devoted to bemoaning our fate as a “poor district” (over 60 percent of our kids qualify for free and reduced-price lunch, the standard definition of “poor” for schoo [...]

# Singapore Math: New Haven Schools Ado...

The New Haven district chose the Singapore approach because it “matches so well” with the Common Core effort. The method is based on a curriculum introduced in 1992 in Singapore’s public schools. Teachers take a slow pace, focusing on thorough understanding of the fundamentals of math, with multiple approaches to the same p [...]

# Wilton, CT woke up to Singapore Math ...

Singapore Math Means Hope
First, as a parent, I have been appalled by Chicago math. The “logorythmic spiral” approach described by teachers just never made sense to me. (I can’t think of other areas in life where important skill sets are taught in fragments and where necessary practice and repetition are derided as mindles [...]

# Singapore Math Source

Sinapore Math Source- Thinking Through Math- Schools in the News using Singapore Math Curriculum. Look at the states that have adapted the Singapore Math Curriculum http://singaporemathsource.com/curriculum/schools-in-the-news/

# Singapore Math:Can It Help Solve Our ...

In 2008, I left the Paterson school district and was hired by Scarsdale Public Schools as one of three district wide Math Helping Teachers to help facilitate the adoption of Singapore Math. Scarsdale is using the Primary Mathematics Standards Edition textbooks. It is interesting to me that Scarsdale, one of highest performing and most innovat [...]

# Singapore Math arriving in Bridgeport...

The new books include a literacy series called “Journeys,” a math series that focuses on Singapore Math, a teaching method in sync with the proposed Common Core State Standards being developed in the state and nationwide.
Read more: http://www.ctpost.com/local/article/New-books-arriving-in-Bridgeport-schools-3657645.php#ixzz2CyFG [...]

# National education reformer to lead B...

Vallas replaces John Ramos, whose contract was terminated by the board. Vallas will bring with him Sandy Kase a former supervising superintendent at Chancellor’s District in New York City. She will take over the slot held by Associate Superintendent Robert Henry, whose retirement was announced this month.
Vallas’ tenure is expect [...]

# As Math Skills Slip, U.S. Schools See...

The Singapore method continues to attract fans. Inspired by North Middlesex, 20 schools in 12 different districts across Massachusetts are now running Singapore pilot programs. North Middlesex is a farming and commuter district that’s an hour’s drive from Boston.
North Middlesex’s program got rolling soon after the educatio [...]

# Singapore Math – A Model Method...

Singapore’s method is highly visual and explores fewer topics, but in greater depth.
By Michael Alison Chandler http://voices.washingtonpost.com/x-equals-why/2009/04/singapore_a_model_for_math.html

# Singapore Math – definition fro...

The hallmark of the curriculum is the careful guidance of students, done in a child-friendly pictorial language, not only to technical mastery, but to complete understanding of all the “whys” (see an example). This differs from typical U.S. curricula, which either aim for dogmatic memorization of “rules,” or expect stu [...]

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