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Old 09-05-2012, 04:11 PM
 
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Aaack!

I just started using it. I don't like it at all. I hope things improve.


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have been there
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piloted last year spent the first 7 weeks hating it


Then.I let myself just do it without questioning everything. Turns out there are parts I really like. I also know it helped our kids. Good luck.
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I have taught it since
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it came out as a pilot many, many years ago. At that time it was better than the other programs out there. There are things I still don't like about it. The student journal is just never designed for the age child it is printed for. I hate the journal. The journal for Think Math is just awesome.
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Review the unit goals
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Then move the lessons around in the unit. I have bee teaching EDM for years and was totally flustered by it for a good four years. Then, I decided to think about the lesson progression and gave myselff the freedom to move lessons around and spend more time on a concept if needed. For instance, Unit 4 has you teaching partial sums in the last two lessons of the unit. Very silly, because it assesses them on it on the unit test (though on Part B). So, I decided to introduce the concept in the first lesson, then at the beginning of each lesson after that we would do a little more. By the end of the unit, the kids got it. It was not as frustrating for me or the students that way. So, take a look at the unit as a whole. Get a good understanding of the main objectives, then plan your lessons with the guide. I run a Math Workshop, so I move games and activities and journal pages around to fit my workshop and student needs.

I feel your frustration, but be patient. It is definitely an interesting math curriculum!
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My main issue is that EDM requires a student to be a solid reader in order to be successful. If a student has a hard time reading, EDM will make math a challenge for them as well.


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We have used EDM for the past 10 years. After struggling for the first two, it really began to make sense. I loved the spiraling of the math boxes. I will miss it terribly as we are not using it this year due to the common core.

Give it time...pick and choose what works for you. Good luck!
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I second DisneyNut. I hated it at first, but after a few years I allowed myself the freedom to pick and choose lessons within the units, and began to spend more time on some concepts, supplementing with other resources. Now, after many years with it, I love it.
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Thanks for the advice!
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I'd love to pick and choose the units, but I don't think that I will be allowed to do that.

I will try to alter my approach though and think about the units in a broader sense.

Thanks so much.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:39 PM
 
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I have been teaching Everyday Math for about 6 years in K. I do not like the curriculum and find that I have to supplement throughout the year. However, we just have to go along with whatever our district adopts like it our not.
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