tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post7830888631886919467..comments2021-12-02T21:15:49.514-08:00Comments on Seattle Schools Community Forum: Let's Talk MathMelissa Westbrookhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/17179994245880629080noreply@blogger.comBlogger49125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-50606074385600943322019-05-25T02:50:57.706-07:002019-05-25T02:50:57.706-07:00I think today I got answers to my queries anybody ...I think today I got answers to my queries anybody tells me the <a href="https://getfactors.com/factors-of-729/" rel="nofollow">factors of 729</a> and its prime factors as well. please anyone?Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-31200050232124261162015-10-13T22:09:08.092-07:002015-10-13T22:09:08.092-07:00We just learned at curriculum night that our eleme...We just learned at curriculum night that our elementary school (and, we understood, the district?) has jettisoned MiF. The books are untouched on the shelves, and the teachers now get their math curriculum online - one week at a time. Has anyone else heard this? Even our PTA president was baffled, and I can't find anything about this online - this discussion is as close as I've come.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-32186347402759919852015-10-02T14:49:32.688-07:002015-10-02T14:49:32.688-07:00Thank you Dan D for all your posts.
@Math Parent...Thank you Dan D for all your posts. <br /><br />@Math Parent,there was no coup d'etat with Sue Peters and Rick Burke. That's inflammatory and not accurate. Sue Peters and the others on the Board used evidence (gasp) of what works (see all Dan Dempsey posts) and advocated for what was truly in the best interest of students. The District had been trying to achieve their agenda by figuring out ways to populate the math selection committee with people favorable to their POV. That committee came to the conclusion that more than one text would be Common Core aligned and MiF was one of them. So even if you don't believe that the committee was an engineered one, the Board was not doing something they hadn't vetted. Ultimately it was a committee coming up with a recommendation (not a binding decision). It was the Board's decision (in the capacity of elected officials). MiF was more expensive in large part due to professional development. But I would argue that teacher's math education, no matter, the method, is not anywhere we want it to be. See Liping Ma's Knowing and Teaching Elementary Mathematics (a wonderful and very concrete study of Chinese and American elementary teachers readable by lay people). Evidence of the District trying to get their way continued with their outrageous offer of quick few day "waivers" that historically took months and were sparingly offered. Now this sequencing and re-ordering thing. All part of a long and sustained effort to not do the right thing (and don't get me started on how Everyday Math was chosen and the lawsuit that found the Superintendent and process so irregular that the judge demanded that the District start over--which they didn't. they appealed and the plaintiffs ran out of money). <br /><br />What parents are seeing is just a skirmish in what has been a few decades of math wars -- none of this makes sense (just feels like a tennis rally that goes on forever) without knowing the deeper history. What parents should know is that many students get to college or community college thinking they are prepared in math, take placement tests and 40% have to be placed in remedial math. Talk to college professors, ask them about readiness. I think it was 60 UW professors en masse who signed a letter a few years back decrying this problem. When students fail the placement tests, they are likely blaming themselves for being math challenged when in fact it was the system that was committed to "Discovery" math (amazing marketing term), use of calculators and a visceral rejection of standard algorithms that got them there. But they don't know that. And they are unlikely to ever complete a STEM career. Have you ever asked yourself why Kumon makes so much money??<br /> <br />Tom Loveless is an excellent source of analysis (Brookings Institution) and I encourage people to read all his work over the years. Here are some recent posts on math: http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2015/05/14-chalkboard-common-core-instruction-loveless and http://www.brookings.edu/research/papers/2015/07/09-chalkboard-common-core-the-bad-loveless<br /><br />MathIsMyFocusMathIsMyFocusnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-12353512970791054612015-09-23T00:42:06.102-07:002015-09-23T00:42:06.102-07:00I do not get it.
The MiF edition adopted was the ...I do not get it.<br /><br />The MiF edition adopted was the Common Core edition. So what do Anna Box and company find that needs to be removed or supplemented?<br /><br />I would hope that MiF presents some topics earlier in grades k-4 than CCSS as that pace is absurdly slow and would result in needing to cover too much in grades 5-8.<br /><br />I am just really skeptical that the publisher's text needs changes from SPS Staff. Would the effort need to be placed on teaching teachers how to teach the material.<br /><br />Does the SPS have difficulty because of trying to make MiF happen in grades 4 & 5 when students have had no previous MiF exposure?<br /><br />-- Dan Dempseydan dempseyhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/15536720661510933983noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-63502977790307270492015-09-20T15:36:07.504-07:002015-09-20T15:36:07.504-07:00My experience has been that a 7th grader who real...My experience has been that a 7th grader who really understands Bar Modeling can solve many problems that the average pre-calculus student has great difficulty solving.<br /><br />A good drawing can often solve problems that others might use a system of simultaneous equations to solve.<br /><br />-- Dan Dempsey Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-46663246465130458332015-09-20T14:32:10.818-07:002015-09-20T14:32:10.818-07:00I started homeschooling my child in math at grade ...I started homeschooling my child in math at grade 4, using Singapore. It took a bit of work for both of us to learn bar modeling, but well worth the effort, IMHO. I've always been comfortable with algebra and easily translated word problems into algebraic equations. Bar modeling is an interim step, and visualizes the problem concretely. In one case, it allowed me to solve a problem I couldn't have done otherwise, just because it was a hard problem to interpret. It was a great bridge to algebra for my kid, who admittedly is mathy, and who sailed through difficult online algebra. Agree that it's hard to pick up at grade 4 without having built up to it in the earlier grades, unless you understand math well, and take the time to learn it. But teachers are professionals and should be able to put in the work, supported by the district, to get it figured out, then help the kids get it. My other kid learned much more in 5th last year with MIF than she had previously....can't say whether it was the curriculum or the teacher, but they did use the MIF curriculum.<br /><br />It takes workAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-25687002595061222122015-09-20T13:38:49.075-07:002015-09-20T13:38:49.075-07:00I'd be interested in someone's interpretat...I'd be interested in someone's interpretation of SBAC math results. If you look at 3rd grade, as an example, the distribution of scores has somewhat of a bell curve, with a spike at the highest score, so can we read that as a ceiling? <br /><br /><a href="http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/WASLScaleScore.aspx?domain=SBAC&schoolId=100&reportLevel=District&year=2014-15&gradeLevelId=3&groupLevel=District&waslCategory=2&chartType=1&yrs=2014-15&subjectType=201" rel="nofollow">SPS 3rd grade math SBAC</a><br /> <br />Other grades have a similar pattern, with a spike of high scores at the upper end. <br /><br />For comparison, the 3rd grade MSP score distribution:<br /><br /><a href="http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/waslScaleScore.aspx?domain=MSPHSPE&schoolId=100&reportLevel=District&year=2014-15&gradeLevelId=3&groupLevel=District&waslCategory=2&yrs=2014-15&subjectType=2" rel="nofollow">SPS 3rd grade math MSP</a><br /><br />And statewide SBAC results:<br /><br /><a href="http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/WASLScaleScore.aspx?domain=SBAC&schoolId=1&reportLevel=State&year=2014-15&gradeLevelId=3&groupLevel=District&waslCategory=2&yrs=2014-15&subjectType=201" rel="nofollow">WA State 3rd grade math SBAC</a><br /><br /><b>Is SBAC an appropriate AL qualifier if it has a clear ceiling?</b>Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-88225570579026846452015-09-20T13:06:39.100-07:002015-09-20T13:06:39.100-07:00All buildings are different, but our teachers real...All buildings are different, but our teachers really did spend a fair amount of time working with each other to learn bar modeling. The district also offered a training. Teachers who worked with the younger kids (2nd grade) said it was not an issue. However upper grade teachers who were trying to teach bar modeling to the kids AND have them solve grade level problems said it was much harder. Everyone is hoping/expecting that kids who are learning the curriculum now will be much more skilled at bar modeling by the upper grades.<br /><br />Crackers- Dan's suggestion is good about parents learning bar modeling. Here are some other ideas. MIF has an online reference book. I believe all kids, above k, were given online access. Last year I saw some different parent trainings on bar modeling. If I see them this year I'll post them in an open thread. Math n Stuff on Roosevelt is always my go to for these types of things. They often know what is going on in terms of resources in the community or resources you can buy at their store. Finally, I would go online. It's amazing to me how many helpful you-tube videos there are on math. Kahn Academy is a great math source. I don't know what they have on bar modeling.<br />TeacherAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-9528554421864066442015-09-20T12:18:20.966-07:002015-09-20T12:18:20.966-07:00Crackers wrote:
"Can anyone here recommend a...Crackers wrote:<br /><br /><b><i>"Can anyone here recommend a reference for parents to learn how to do bar modeling?"</i></b><br /><br />Get connected with all those parents and others at<br /><br />Singaporemath@yahoogroups.com<br /><br />They will be a great help to you.<br /><br />-- Dan DempseyAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-62708400539925644862015-09-20T11:56:39.205-07:002015-09-20T11:56:39.205-07:00TS, Just Saying, and "n" ... thanks for ...TS, Just Saying, and "n" ... thanks for your comments.<br /><br />I taught in the White Pine County School District in Nevada. Before I got there they had adopted Singapore Math Primary Edition and done virtually no professional development for teachers. It was a huge mess and likely remains so. The SBAC testing completely failed in most of NV 2014-2015 so hard to tell.<br /><br />WPCSD "mandated" Singapore materials through grade 8.<br /><br />#1 .. Singapore Math (the real one) is hard to implement above grade 3. Students need the knowledge of what happened in earlier grades. Teachers also need knowledge of the earlier grades material. This produced an enormous mess.<br /><br />#2 .. Many teachers simply gave up and (sort of secretly or not) went back to whatever book they had used previously (could have been from either of two different publishers)<br /><br />#3 .. In fall 2013 .. the District decided some PD was necessary and had periodic meetings and paid for teachers to take two online Singapore Math courses. I linked to those on 9/19 above.<br /><br />#4 .. In fall 2013 .. the District mandated that everyone "really" use the Singapore materials.<br /><br />K-5 teachers found the videos and PD enlightening and took a more positive view on using the materials.<br /><br />Things still remained a mess as far as any improvement in MAP math scores at White Pine Middle School(6,7,8) even with great increases in instructional time.<br /><br />I was at Lund K-12 school with 95 students enrolled.<br /><br />================<br /><br />I have never really examined MiF<br /><br />From my experience I would think it would be easier to implement at primary grades and more difficult at grades 4 and 5. Scaffolding might well be the operative word... but if teachers have not been trained in Bar Modeling "Ouch"<br /><br />I recommend the videos ... I would think that the videos or something similar would have been part of district provided PD.<br /><br />I was at West Seattle HS (2006-2007) my room adjoined the cafeteria. I got to listen to Carla Santorno and Everyday Math PD on a few afternoons and it was pretty worthless.<br /><br />From my seat in the bleachers far from the action ...<br />I question if the district staff has a real commitment to making MiF work.<br /><br />Is there evidence of an organized plan to deliver the PD required to make it happen?<br /><br />Is there a plan to effectively deal with the lack of exposure or mastery of previous material for grades 4 and 5 students and teachers.<br /><br />I would think that perhaps a bit of school reorganization into some 4th 5th grade teachers becoming math specialists at grades 4 and 5 with others not teaching math might be worth looking into..... <br /><br />====<br />Considering all of the above and the SPS...<br />I find SPS test score improvement on the MSP and SBAC over the last 3 years quite an accomplishment ... Good Job by all. <br /><br />-- Dan DempseyAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-70099255900727081902015-09-19T23:43:46.578-07:002015-09-19T23:43:46.578-07:00I hope everyone in my bldg is using it but I know ...I hope everyone in my bldg is using it but I know a lot are not happy. I continue to believe elementary teachers have not been trained to use correctly. Every grade level got a book on bar modeling. Find it at your school and read it. At my school, I was the only one who took the time to even ask for it and it was buried in another teachers room. Neither teacher but me at my grade level even referenced it once. <br /><br />That is the problem. We are all used to process. It takes time and effort to move to procedure. Actually, it is easier now that I get it myself. I quit worrying about all the process, let it go, and really finally worked on procedure. I am willing to give a try. Too soon to give up. Process is so much easier to teach! Teachers have to totally understand the math in order to embed the process while teaching the procedure. <br /><br />Please, let me learn it before you all start changing it. nnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-83925752737679896022015-09-19T22:30:26.737-07:002015-09-19T22:30:26.737-07:00Everyone is my building is using MIF and is liking...Everyone is my building is using MIF and is liking it. Hate the new scope and sequence.<br />Just sayingAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-24131223025246014812015-09-19T20:41:43.242-07:002015-09-19T20:41:43.242-07:00The training on the new scope and sequence was an ...The training on the new scope and sequence was an exercise in frustration. The MIF scope and sequence is grossly lacking. I understand why SPS was attempting to improve it, but using MIF with the new SPS scope and sequence (which is much better btw) is a logistical nightmare. MIF is the worst program I have ever used. I have used Singapore math and loved it. I have had real Singapore math training. MIF is NOT Singapore Math. MIF has some Singapore stuff mixed in (poorly), but it is nothing at all like the real Singapore Math. There isn't a daily structure to each lesson (it hops around wildly, some lessons taking 1 day, others 3. The workbook pages are poorly matched to the lessons. I often have to spend large chunks of time trying to explain a workbook page, even to the kids who "get" the math. There are so many different problems and kinds of problems on a single workbook page, that struggling learners just give up. There is very little repeated practice and a lot of our kids need repetition to acquire new skills. I have yet to meet a teacher who likes it. I also don't know any teachers that liked Discovery math. Please don't say we hate MIF because we have an affinity to discovery math. I don't think one grade level in my school is using MIF this year. Envision was sooooooo much better. My Math was good. We spent millions more, against the wishes of the teachers, and now...nobody is using MIF. It's classic SPS. <br />TSAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-57376203142604333642015-09-19T20:41:41.371-07:002015-09-19T20:41:41.371-07:00Can anyone here recommend a reference for parents ...Can anyone here recommend a reference for parents to learn how to do bar modeling? My elementary school child really needs help with math homework, and I have no idea how to do this bar modeling, so I am of no help. I would like to find some kind of tutorial where I can learn about it so I can then help my child. Thank you!<br /><br />-crackersAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-84065789276242462112015-09-19T12:58:29.886-07:002015-09-19T12:58:29.886-07:00Note: Current SPS Superintendent Larry Nyland was...Note: Current SPS Superintendent Larry Nyland was a member of the Washington State Board of Education's Math Advisory Panel, which also had Bellevue Supt. Mike Riley.<br /><br />Larry Nyland is aware of how the math wrangling went down and the controversy surrounding "recommended" texts. <br /><br />-- Dan Dempsey Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-72783785712690418302015-09-19T12:47:07.090-07:002015-09-19T12:47:07.090-07:00Alignment is way overrated.
In selecting programs...Alignment is way overrated.<br /><br />In selecting programs for implementing the "A" rated 2008 WA Math standards it was all done by alignment. It had zero to do with whether the texts were teachable or could be effective as there was no field testing used. Eventually one aligned text was tossed because it was found to be Mathematically Unsound.<br /><br />Singapore Math Primary Edition was the lowest rated text for alignment as it presented the topics in many cases before the year suggested by a particular standard.<br /><br />Fact: Craig Parsley at Schmitz Park used this lowest rated Singapore text and those 5th graders tested at #3 out of 1000+ schools in annual WA math testing. Carla Santorno installed Everyday Math and Schmitz Park resisted. Most administrators are more in love with uniformity than better results.<br /><br />Melissa is correct about some states had better standards. The CCSS are not internationally competitive standards. The standards are one-size fits-all standards and so can't be top notch. The actions of failing to use the CCSS as a general guide and instead discouraging the presentation of topics before the CCSS advised grade level is a recipe for "dumbing down".<br /><br />Tom Loveless points out that if CCSS-M is followed in k-4 there will be way too much material to cover effectively in grades 5-8.<br /><br />===============<br />So as others have recommended: Ditch CCSS dictates.<br /><br />Let us demand a return of local control to our districts and individual schools. Urgently needed: teachers teaching to a room of students instead of running test prep. <br /><br />In fact I would go further with a return to teachers using school developed and modified effective practices to teach students rather than being subjected to the blanket uniformity of supposed "best practices" mandated by District level administrators for test prep. <br /><br />-- Dan DempseyAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-71722195545683239052015-09-19T10:02:28.605-07:002015-09-19T10:02:28.605-07:00Math Hopeless, what you write about has always bee...Math Hopeless, what you write about has always been one (of many) little secrets about CC. Some states had BETTER standards (in fact, MA is considering going back to theirs). Melissa Westbrookhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/17179994245880629080noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-1513115897392203222015-09-19T09:28:00.118-07:002015-09-19T09:28:00.118-07:00Education Week's discussion of EdReports revie...Education Week's discussion of EdReports review of math programs:<br /><br />http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2015/03/18/review-of-math-programs-comes-under-fire.html<br /><br />MIF did not meet the EdReports alignment criteria, but then you realize that most math programs did not, and were downgraded if they assessed content from future grades, among other things. If districts were to rate math programs as EdReports has, they could pass up some strong math programs. <br /><br />-math hopelessAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-89438978653280108632015-09-19T08:32:58.382-07:002015-09-19T08:32:58.382-07:00I'm a K teacher. Last year the district offere...I'm a K teacher. Last year the district offered a training to K teachers on how to differentiate for advanced learners. I was excited to go to the training. It's hard to learn a new curriculum and tweak it at the same time for different level learners. I was hoping for some tips on differentiating MIF. <br /><br />I was so disappointed. The training was mainly on using counting jars, math trays, and number talks. When the question came up how to integrate these strategies into MIF. It was clear that the teachers they were spotlighting for using these strategies in their classroom either weren't using MIF or were using it minimally. <br /><br />I have nothing against the strategies they were espousing. Most kindergarten teachers use counting jars or some similar version. It's kindergarten; we count ALOT! Number talks are great. Many teachers I know use number talks. Math trays is just a way to organize math games. I have a different way to organize my math games for kids to use, but math trays is fine. <br /><br />My issue is that I learned nothing about how to differentiate MIF for advanced learners and nothing about teaching math to advanced learners. It was all strategies and little content beyond the suggestion to have advanced learners use higher numbers when counting.<br />Teach K Anonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-91373309823060445992015-09-19T07:25:37.987-07:002015-09-19T07:25:37.987-07:00EdReports (funded by the Gates Foundation) has eva...EdReports (funded by the Gates Foundation) has evaluated curriculum for "alignment" to Common Core. Their methods have been questioned and publisher Pearson has released a statement in response:<br /><br />http://www.edreports.org/files/series/publisher-response/digits_response.pdf<br /><br />Read Pearson's response in it's entirety. It touches on so many of the issues of standards vs curriculum.<br /><br />We now have stronger K-5 math materials, but lower standards (20028 WA State Math Standards are considered better than CCSS-M), and SPS wants to bring the curriculum down to the level of the standards? <br /><br />-math hopelessAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-74271752478560325822015-09-19T01:32:17.485-07:002015-09-19T01:32:17.485-07:00Online Professional Development for Singapore Math...<b>Online Professional Development for Singapore Math:</b><br /><br />The online instructor, Anni Stipek, lives near Tacoma.<br /><br /><a href="http://www.ed2go.com/online-courses/singapore-math-strategies-model-drawing-for-grades-1-6?tab=detail" rel="nofollow"><b>Singapore Math Strategies: Model Drawing for Grades 1-6</b></a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.ed2go.com/online-courses/singapore-math-number-sense-and-computational-strategies?tab=detail" rel="nofollow"><b>Singapore Math: Number Sense and Computational Strategies</b></a><br /><br /><a href="http://www.ed2go.com/online-courses/singapore-math-strategies-model-drawing-for-grades-6-9?tab=detail" rel="nofollow"> <b>Singapore Math Strategies: Advanced Model Drawing for Grades 6-9</b></a><br /><br />I took these three courses when I was in Nevada as part of White Pine County School District's Professional Development for those teaching Singapore math. The district paid $85 each for these "ed2go" classes through Feather River College in Quincy, California.<br /><br />The courses were more like an informative class than heavy duty academics. I do not think they counted for college credit. The elementary teachers found them worthwhile in coming to a better understanding of how bar modeling works. They liked the classes because they were informative and not so time consuming that they would ruin your life during the school year. Most teachers took two classes because that was all the district would pay for.<br /><br />-- Dan DempseyAnonymousnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-67933806843842957352015-09-19T00:45:59.618-07:002015-09-19T00:45:59.618-07:00Frustrated Math, Teachers Rock, Lynn, and "n&...Frustrated Math, Teachers Rock, Lynn, and "n" have nailed it.<br /><br />Without data all anyone has is merely an opinion. Unfortunately those unfounded math ed opinions keep intruding on sanity.<br /><br />Teachers Rock stated:<br /><i>" So here we are, with MiF for the whole district for elementary math, in year 2, and JSCEE itching to mess with it. No surprise there. <b>What would it be like if the District just had the teachers teach MiF, in chapter order, as presented, with additional materials as thought to be helpful by the actual teachers?</b> How about we try that? What would it be like if JSCEE didn't mess with our teachers?</i>"<br /><br />There is a considerable amount of dysfunction originating from those with Math Education Degrees, often pushing only their opinions as justification for particular changes. Note: Math program manager Anna Box has a BS in Math Education and a Masters in Math Education.<br /><br />So would Ms. Box care to answer the questions of Teachers Rock?<br /><b><i>"What would it be like if the District just had the teachers teach MiF, in chapter order,"</i></b> and <b><i>"What would it be like if JSCEE didn't mess with our teachers?"</i></b><br /><br />Given the previous near revolt against the MiF math adoption under Banda by District Math experts at odds with Board leadership, are these actions to heavily modify MiF actually sedition?<br /><br />Of extreme importance in Singapore Math Primary Edition or in Math in Focus is the Bar Model. It is shocking to think that Ms. Box was devoting resources to Common Core alignment and introducing non-MiF materials rather than sticking with MiF as written and focusing resources on Professional Development dedicated to understanding Bar Modeling. Does Ms. Box understand MiF or is she just for changing it?<br /><br />It takes time and effort to learn math. Students need adequate instruction and adequate time in the adopted MiF materials to maximize their learning. It is difficult to progress in Singapore Math above grade 3 without a good understanding of the Bar Model. In far too many instances the SPS has failed to present students, especially disadvantaged learners, with the opportunity to maximize their learning.<br /><br />I challenge Ms. Box to review those results from Gildo Rey (82% Low Income and 42% Bilingual) and tell us how any plan of hers will get us to Gildo Rey results. Does this district have any real plan to reduce or eliminate the achievement or opportunity gap? If so she should share it.<br /><br />Test score differentials on SBAC in 2015.<br /><br />Gildo Rey:<br />Grade 3: +9.30% ;; Grade 4: +12.60% ;; Grade 5: +15.40% <br /><br />SPS averages using MiF were the best ever in 2015:<br />Grade 3: +7.20% ;; Grade 4: +9.40% ;; Grade 5: +7.90% <br /><br />SPS Low Income pass rate differentials =><br />Grade 3: -13.70% ;; Grade 4: -12.90% ;; Grade 5: -15.10% <br /><br />One last question:<br />Why not do what is known to work? <br />It is really not that difficult if we focus on achievement and provide each student with the opportunity to maximize their learning.<br /><br /><i>"To improve a system requires the intelligent application of relevant data"</i><br />-- W. Edwards Deming (1900-1993)dan dempseyhttps://www.blogger.com/profile/15536720661510933983noreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-67826044710837659872015-09-18T23:54:16.738-07:002015-09-18T23:54:16.738-07:00You stole my thunder on common core while I was bu...You stole my thunder on common core while I was busy posting! <b>Bravo, Teachers Rock!</b>nnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-23311541847066053292015-09-18T23:47:35.164-07:002015-09-18T23:47:35.164-07:00I have to chime in with Frustrated math teacher. T...I have to chime in with Frustrated math teacher. This curriculum at elementary emphasizes numeracy and a lot of elementary teachers have not been trained in arithmetic/algebraic math including myself. I am so against changing again. I found my kids had a lot of success with MIF last year. Esp. my math-strong kids. They love numbers and that is the strength of MIF. From what I read above, it sounds like the non-alignment really reflects the inclusion of elements not contained in common core. I haven't read anything indicating that MIF leaves out common core topics. So what's the problem? <br /><br />I did the whole program because I thought it was age appropriate and because my kids liked it. I just don't understand how a group of teachers and two math specialists(?) can be so quick to revise a program that I would expect has been vetted and tested and that is focused on procedure over process. That group should be offering PD that helps educators teach it. As for the sequence, I trust MIF before I trust the group that wants to change it. If they want to leave out units, just let me know which ones. Keep it simple.<br /><br />Besides, wasn't common core created by a group that included a lot of non-math specialists and corporate bureaucrats? Why this loyalty to common core over a proven math curriculum.<br /><br />Thank you frustrated math teacher for bringing this to light and perhaps stopping this repeated manipulation of our curriculi. A good place to save money is by stopping all this micro-managing by people who are getting paid to make constant often ill-conceived changes to everything!nnoreply@blogger.comtag:blogger.com,1999:blog-28765366.post-38275381993171414482015-09-18T23:29:47.351-07:002015-09-18T23:29:47.351-07:00By the way, who died and left Common Core in charg...By the way, who died and left Common Core in charge, as the Imperial God of All Things? The Exalted Emperor of Everything Good and Important? <br /><br />Blindly following orthodoxy never leads to good things.<br /><br />Common Core, or rather, the assiduously slavish micro-worship of its every essence seems like the problem. Don't you think folks in Singapore are doing a great job producing solid math minds? Yet, they do so without Common Core, but with Singapore materials? Go figure.<br /><br />The question should not be, how well does it align to Common Core; the question should be, how well does it teach kids math.<br /><br />Ah, if only. <br /><br />How I miss common sense. <br /><br />Reminds me of that old adage, "Surgery was a grand success! Patient dead, though."<br /><br /><br />Teachers Rock.Anonymousnoreply@blogger.com