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Old 01-01-2013, 02:31 PM
 
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We use Harcourt, but our P is not about text books, but results.

First, we looked at strengths/weaknesses in our students. We found that they were lacking in problem solving skills, but more than that, fact recall.

Our P put in place the following:

1) daily drills- it does not have to look the same everyday, but every day we have to show the students are doing something to improve recall. I use computer based programs. I also give pencil/paper drills 2-3 times a week. Some teachers use flash cards in centers, or around the world, or board races.

2) cross grade math labs- 4-5 times a year we have math labs to practice skills such as money, geometry, measurment, etc.....

3) All the elementary use the same language for problem solving. We chose to use the skills in our text book so that we don't have to recreate the wheel. We strive for working a problem solving skill for two weeks at a time. Thats still a weakness
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