## Posts in category TERC Investigation Math

# The Faulty Logic of the Math Wars

THE STONE June 16, 2013, 10:20 pm 414 Comments
The Faulty Logic of the ‘Math Wars’
By ALICE CRARY and W. STEPHEN WILSON
There is a great progressive tradition in American thought that urges us not to look for the aims of education beyond education itself. Teaching and learning should not be conceived as merely instrumental affairs; t [...]

# Constant constructivism, group work a...

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By Laurie H. Rogers- November 5, 2012
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. … Those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of thei [...]

# Rejecting Investigations (product of ...

PS 150 Becomes Math Rebel Among Progressive Downtown SchoolsPS 150 Principal Jenny Bonnet with Math in Focus materials that her school has begun using. “As the years progress, I think more and more schools will be opting for this,” she said. Photo: Carl Glassman/Tribeca Trib
By CARL GLASSMAN
Posted Jun. 03, 2013
Just days before P [...]

# System Failure: The Collapse of Publi...

Comment to Article : How about that After more than a decade using uber trendy Teachers College reading programs and NCTM “new-new” math programs in NYC we see what some warned of long ago, certainly parents in Manhattan where the programs were piloted – who were forced to tutor their children halfway through their K- [...]

# Peas and Carrots, TERC and How I Beca...

Most people who know me are well aware that I left the city — the coveted big, but cheap apartment, the day care we loved, the neighborhood we called home — for one, big reason: Schools. Isn’t that why anyone who has a decent-sized apartment leaves NYC?
My son’s well-regarded elementary school had lost its [...]

# Fairfield Administrators Recommend Ag...

Wakeman said each district has had success with its respective program — however he pointed out that in all three cases the program had to be supplemented in order for it to align properly with the district’s in-house curriculum.
Wakeman said although all four textbook programs have unique features and strengths, none are what might be [...]

# Chinese 3rd Graders Falling Behind US...

CHESTNUT HILL, MA—According to an alarming new report published Wednesday by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement, third-graders in China are beginning to lag behind U.S. high school students in math and science.
The study, based on exam scores from thousands of students in 63 participating countries, co [...]

# Should Math Reduce Children to Tears?

My daughter — a bright, fun-loving 8-year-old who isn’t easily rattled — was reduced to tears in school yesterday. Apparently, while working on a math lesson involving fractions, she wasn’t “getting it” the way that she thought she should, and her frustration mounted and her eyes welled up and, later, when [...]

# Math problems of the week: Circles in...

In honor of Pi day, I wanted to find some comparison problems involving circumferences and areas of circles. 6th grade Sinapore Math has a whole chapter devoted to “Circles,” so I turned next to the 6th grade Everyday Math curriculum. To my surprise, there isn’t a single problem in the entire curriculum involving circle are [...]

# Testimony before the BOE

Hear what a Mathematic Professor at John Hopkins has to say about TERC – W. Stephen Wilson
Download (PDF, 38KB)

# Improving Math Success in Higher Educ...

Many students begin higher education unprepared for college-level work in mathematics and must take non-credit developmental courses. Furthermore, many are math-phobic and avoid courses, majors and careers that involve quantitative work. Yet science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields are among the few job-growth are [...]

# Math Debate… Fourth Grade canno...

Countless students across the country whose lack of basic math skills may hurt their college career. Will they be “college and career ready” with these reform math programs? Practice your multiplication… master the fundamentals, so you can move on to more advanced math material.
Reform Math is heavy on story problems and lig [...]

# Marilyn Burns Rejects Standard Paper-...

About Teaching Mathematics, Marilyn Burns
Marilyn Burns is vague about specific math learning objectives. But she’s clear that children shouldn’t learn standard arithmetic. Here are quotes from Teaching Arithmetic, Part III of in About Teaching Mathematics: A K–8 Resource.
“Facility with standard paper-and-pencil arith [...]

# STOP Taking Excessive Risks with our ...

STOP Taking Excessive Risks with our Children
Abstract (Revision 107.A, June 8, 2012)
VIDEO: Sue Middleton June 10, 2009
Investigations math at FCPS is DEAD — The newly elected FCPS Board of Education fulfilled a campaign promise andthrew Investigations math out of the school system! The local newspaper [...]

# U.S. Students Still Lag Globally in M...

December 11, 2012 – NY Times
By MOTOKO RICH Clich here for link
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 r [...]

# 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 [...]

# 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 [...]

# 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 [...]

# 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 [...]

# 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 [...]

# 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 [...]

# Math & Students Struggling as lo...

Mathematics Education: Being Outwitted by Stupidity-
The way we used to teach math mirrors our effective interventions for those students struggling as low achieving/learning disabled.
Math reformers promote a teaching approach in which understanding and process dominate over content. In lower grades, mental math and number sense are emphasiz [...]

# How Did the CPM “New Instructio...

CCLM is dedicated to supporting the development of all leaders of mathematics education.
What are the mathematic views/philosophy of the CCLM organization ?
Walter Wakeman ,the Math Elementary Curriculum Leader in Fairfield for at least 10 years, is the President of the CCLM.
Megan Staples is the University Representative of the CCLM
John Ke [...]

# Has our District Aligned Itself with ...

Dr Title,
We received the list of math programs currently piloted in K-2. Again we are very concerned. One of the programs, TERC Investigation, is widely criticized and we are wondering why this highly contested program is being piloted. What is said about TERC;
TERC has no interest in giving classroom time to standard arithmetic, and avoids [...]

# Standard Algorithm or “Cluster ...

Watch how your child will be learning math!
Listen to Seattle Meterologist, MJ McDermott, explain why Investigations and Everyday Mathematics should not be used in school systems. Watch as she tackles simple standard double digit multiplication problems with complex strategies used in Investigations and Everyday Math!
Which way is easier [...]

# Reviews of TERC : Investigations in N...

Reviews of TERC: Investigations in Number, Data, and Space
Basic Information and Introduction
Investigations in Number, Data, and Space is a K-5 curriculum developed by TERC Inc., Cambridge, MA, and marketed through Pearson Scott Foresman (and previously by Scott Foresman – Addison Wesley and by Dale Seymour). The TERC Investigations Pr [...]

# A Statistician’s View of Constr...

She explains why traditional algorithms are needed to understand higher mathematics. It is extremely important that they are practiced until they are mastered. In fact, the new Common Core Standards recommend teaching the standard algorithms.
Everyday Math, Investigations in Number, Data, and Space, and other reform math programs have been hi [...]

# Only 59% Pass Rate in 2006 When Using...

Penfield School District – 8th grade Math Scores. Penfield improves after dropping Investigation Math program. You can see only 59% passed in 2006. What does this mean 2/5 students need math remediation!
Penfield’s 7th grade class in 2006 received the same passing rate!
Understand their story… click here, and click here.

# Fairfield Math CMT Scores compared to...

Based on a six and seven year average (2006-2011/2012) Fairfield ranks third from the bottom for its Math CMT Scores (%At/Above Goal ) for each grade level when compared to 19 Districts in DRG A & B.* While other districts have shown some gains, Fairfield remains Flat across all three grades!
Download (XLSX, 17KB)
*The 2006-2012 CMT M [...]

# 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 [...]

# Investigations Math = Fuzzy Math̷...

A FEW FACTS ABOUT INVESTIGATIONS MATH:
1) Investigations Math removes teaching the times tables to children and all memorization of math facts. (link)
2) There is no valid math study ever performed showing the effectiveness of Investigations Math. (link to article 1 &article 2)
3) California tried a program nearly identical to Investigati [...]

# ‘Innovative’ Math, but Ca...

“My whole experience in math the last few years has been a struggle against the program,” Jim said recently. “Whatever I’ve achieved, I’ve achieved in spite of it. Kids do not do better learning math themselves. There’s a reason we go to school, which is that there’s someone smarter than us with somet [...]

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