Saturday, February 16, 2008

Big Wastes of Time in Math Classes

I found the following at:

The new Kitchen Table Math
Published by Joanne January 2nd, 2007 in Blogging and Education.

Kitchen Table Math, the sequel, now a group blog, is up at a new URL.

Ken DeRosa links to a Baltimore Sun story on Maryland’s attempt to focus the math curriculum on a few key ideas each year, taught to mastery, rather than skimming through dozens of math standards every year.

Everyday Mathematics has 50 learning goals in first grade and 71 learning goals in grade three. CAO Ms Santorno says she is excited about narrowing the topics and teaching to deep understanding -- OK I truly do NOT understand: Please explain why we are following the pacing guide with a "Fidelity of Implementation model". I took a logic course in College and got an "A". So please take me through this thinking slowly.

John Haven, whose children attended Montgomery County public schools, believes far too much time in classrooms is spent on nonessential math work,. He made an unscientific study of math teaching in Montgomery and concluded that, by his standards, 20 to 40 percent of what is taught is a waste of time. “It is a huge impact on math instruction. It is like having popcorn parties every Tuesday and Friday,” he said.

Some school districts supplement traditional math instruction with reform math. They’re buying two different sets of super-sized textbooks and telling teachers to mix and match. It’s hard to see how they’ll get to less-is-more math instruction that way.

Seattle's adopting of Everyday Math supplemented by Singapore Math comes immediately to mind for me --- September through January Elementary School Math occupied 75 minutes a day and the Singapore 25% supplement had yet to start -- Fabulous planning buy a defective book and have it occupy all the available time.

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