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If anyone out there uses Envisions, what do you think about it? Like it or not? Why or why not?

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I like it okay. It does give lots of options with book work, worksheets and online options. If the students need more practice you can always find it for them.

I do not like the test though. We have a very dedicated teacher on our team who has written tests for each topic. I like hers much better.
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In second year with Envisions...
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and have mixed feelings. I agree it has plenty of options but it seems to jump around alot and doesn't dwell on anything long enough for students to really grasp concepts. I'm in third grade and we touched on teaching multiplication for a week in the fall and haven't seen it since. We have to supplement with additional review and it seems students are supposed to just "know" the facts. Next year, I may have to go to actually requiring students to (heaven forbid) memorize the facts, just like in the old days! I do love the Envision Math online computer games.

Before our state testing, we are spending 3 weeks reviewing using our own materials because Envisions just isn't enough to get them ready. Best of luck.
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I'm not a fan of Envisions Math. It doesn't provide enough practice for the students to develop the concepts. As a teacher you have to slow down and provide supplemental support for the kids that is outside the program. Tests are poor. Does not provide fact practice wksts.
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This is our second year with Envision and I am not happy with it at all. There is no sense to the sequence of topics, not enough practice, and some of the lessons are confusing - for students and teachers. There is so much that right now we are doing math twice a day to get ready for testing. There are other things I don't like about it, but these are the main parts.


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It's our 2nd year with EnVision, but my 3rd year since I piloted. I honestly really love it. It is much BETTER than our last program, and a lot more appropriate. If you get used to the program and it's format and actually practice the Interactive Learning part, it all comes together and the children have a great understanding of the concept and methods. It's a program that incorporates a lot of the things you would want in an ideal program: it has hands-on activities/problem solving/manipulatives with a partner/wholeclass/small group, then it transitions to cartoon/visual bridge that connects concept to the procedure, then there is guided practice, followed by independent practice and problem solving. The students enjoy the program and so do I! At first my thought was there is not enough practice, but after you use the program awhile you will see there is a lot of practice. To fit things into the testing frame, I do eliminate a lesson once in awhile. FOr instance, one probability lesson will be deleted this topic. It seems pretty unnecessary. Also, the lessons near the beginning of the topic that teach concepts(like the concept of multiplication for 3rd) sometimes take a little longer, like 2 days, while other lessons you can get through in the time frame provided(60 mins). They also have partnergames/centers for kids to do while you work with an intervention group, and that is great too. They practice the standards that way, too. I have seen amazing improvement in my class' achievement and conceptual/procedural understanding over the years of teaching this program. Our test scores district wide improved greatly. I also see the kids falling back on the various strategies the program teaches, and this is great. For example, drawing arrays or using repeated subtraction, etc. for when just learning multiplication/division.
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Hi,
I also agree with the test. Many times the test are to short..11 multiple choice questions for a test..I feel this truly doesn't show if a chidl has master a topic..Is there any way you can share those test with us.
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I actually go online now and make my own tests because I wasn't happy with the ones that come with each topic. You can pick and choose your questions which I like a lot. You ought to try that.

My problem is that we are departmentalized and I only have 40 minutes each day for math and by the time we check homework I usuall have 25-30 minutes and that isn't enough time to get all of it in. Hopefully next year we will change that.
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When we got our texts we were given access to "Successnet" online. I can view the text from home as well as a variety of other things. This is where I go and make tests for each topic as well go along. I have also created reviews and benchmark tests throughout the year. That is a huge help since I tend to skip lesson in the text or teach a varitey of strategies for certain topics and the tests sometimes focus on very specific strategies. I still can't decide how I feel about Envision. I like the video clips and have started pulling out some of the partner games to use during my math groups, but there are definately some things I don't like.
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Here is the review for Topic 2, Envision, third grade. A team mate of mine created these. I can not take credit for them. Because the tests are based on what we did in the lessons the students did much better this year, than the previous class.


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I forgot to add that I supplement it with extra supplemental worksheets I run off for homework at times. This is really helping my class this year that doesnt retain as well. Also, you can also give them a performance assessment to grade them, besides the test or in place of a test. They are a bit harder though.
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1956BD,
Is there anyway you can convert tests 6 through 11 to a PDF ? When I pull them up on my computer they do all kinds of crazy things.

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