Schools can be key players in forming a better and more peaceful world for future generations by introducing teaching and learning strategies that allow students to grow personally and academically. An upcoming ASCD Middle East International Conference, "Valuing the Whole Child: Embracing a Global Vision," will connect educators from the region with leading education researchers and school improvement consultants to explore practices and programs that ensure all students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. The conference will be held Nov. 8 to 9, in Istanbul, Turkey.
Our American education system has become incredibly inefficient during the last 30 years. The dollars pumped in could be used more efficiently.
We've heard all kinds of excuses as to why the academic results are less than expected. It is the demise of the traditional family. It is the rise of gangsta rap, & MTv. It is the drug culture. It is the glorification of slacker culture. etc. etc.
We rarely hear about defective curriculum and pointless professional development.
China at the secondary level has a longer school day and a full month longer school year, meanwhile many US schools have half days for teacher training. Consider the reduction in instructional time in US schools compared with 30 years ago.
This year, I am teaching at Lummi Nation School we just received a large grant from the Bureau of Indian Education. The stipulation was that we needed to use one of the two math programs that had statistical evidence that they actually work for Native Americans. Both programs use direct instruction. Lummi chose Saxon k-6.
To improve a system requires the intelligent application of relevant data.
I chose to use Mind Research Institute's Algebra Readiness program at the high school level. This is an Intervention that is carefully crafted to teach all the math from grade two to grade seven that has been neglected in programs like Everyday Math, TERC/Investigations, and Connected Math Project. Students who transfer in from High Schools using Core-Plus, or Interactive Math Program seem to have very weak arithmetic skills.
At Lummi our school has used Everyday and TERC for a decade.
For Algebra we will be using a traditional algebra: Foerster Algebra (2006)
I am looking for a good Geometry Book that in not particularly reading intensive.
UCSMP Geometry given their other books I've used would seem to be reading intensive.
I am looking for Example based instruction where possible.
For our post Geometry Algebra Class or traditional Advanced Algebra, I am looking at texts used in Math 99 at local community colleges.
Comments and Suggestions Welcome.