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Old 06-17-2011, 03:44 PM
 
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Our district is implementing the EM program this year in 4th grade. We already have it in K-3. Any suggestions with this program and how it can help/hinder state testing guidelines?


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You just have to really check and compare the text to your standards. I am in GA and much of what is in EDM is not in our state standards, and vice versa (many of our standards are not covered in the text). I use as much of the text as I can but I have to supplement A LOT. I have seen teachers who literally go straight by the book and their kids are so lost when it comes to the actual standards-there are holes in their learning because the curriculum misses things that are in our state standards.

I like how the text is laid out with strategies for below, on, and above level students as well as ELL students for each lesson. The math boxes are a great review. I hope your district is purchasing math journals for the students to write in. They really are necessary to implement the curriculum correctly. Talk to some of your grade 3 teachers since they are familiar with it and with your state standards.

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We just finished year 7 of EDM, and our scores have increased each year. (in NJ) We do have to do a little jumping around to be sure we cover what we think will be on "The Test", but I do not find it that difficult. We have been using the 2001 edition up until now - and I was just allowed to order the 2007 for the new school year. We'll see how that goes!

I do have to say that I am an Everyday Math fan. It took a while, but I do really like it - I especially like teaching Partial Quotients long division. Makes so much more sense!

Good luck with it!
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I am also a fan of EDM, though it is def not perfect. You will need to take the time to sit down and decide which lessons align with your state standards and which ones you can temporarily skip and teach after the state test. My math curriculum coach was very angry when I was hired and told her that I would be skipping around and modifying the curriculum in order to cover all that was needed to be covered before the test, however, it seemed to work this year seeing as 84% of my kids passed compared to 69% as 3rd graders!

Basically, familiarize yourself with the text, and supplement when needed (I always add in more basic fact practice and skip certain lessons while creating others of my own). As the PP said, the math boxes are a great review. I also skip the World Tour part of it. Good luck!
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I too am a fan of EDM. I have used it for several years now and see a huge improvement in the students and my math scores. I love how this program teaches the kids many different algorithms to use. Be aware, however, it can stress out some parents. When I am starting a new unit, I will have the kids write samples on the back of the homework page to help show the parents what they are supposed to be doing. Each year we have a family math night so parents can come in and preview/learn the games in their grade level. I also spend much of the time at a white board with parents going over lattice, partial quotients division and more.

I start my math session with a mult./div. skills practice (my own) and then do the warm up. The kids use small white boards (slates) they have in their desks. I will sometimes follow along with the book, but will also structure it to the needs of my class. We do the math message and then the lesson. I try to get to the math boxes and games each day, but can't always. I have a flex day on Fridays to get caught up on the weeks boxes and to play some of the games.

Also, be sure to check out the University of Chicago website. There is an area for teachers and one for parents as well. I give the parents this web address at Back to School night in case they need it as a reference.


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Thanks for all the tips folks!! We did get a great introduction/training by a NON EDM presenter which helped us look at the program a little more realistically....
I too find the different algorithms helpful but can see how the parents can FREAK out when they see it but hopefully they are somewhat used to it due to its implementation in third grade.

A Family Math night is a great idea....guess I have my summer work cut out for me!! Thank goodness I am a math nerd !!!
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We've had it for five years in our school and it has been a blessing. The way the curriculum sprials just makes sense. The first couple of years can be tricky, but after that it is a great program. Our scores have gone up too!
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