Houghton Mifflin Math
03212010, 09:02 AM


I just finished taking a 3 credit class in math (Developing Mathematical Thinking) that we need now to recertify in our state. According to the NCTM, we have done too much drill and memorization in our math, and not enough of the "why" and "how come this algorithm works every time." Our school uses Houghton Mifflin, and I'm amazed and how well this text does address this. However, I'm also finding new resources and my class is a wealth of resources for exploring math concepts. This is my first year teaching 5th after 4 years in primary. Initially, I put the manipulatives away. After this, I've pulled them back out again. We have open discussions about why an algorithm works, and working through a problem using different algorithms.
I'll admit that I'm working way harder now, but the kids are loving it and we are finding new and creative ways to solve problems together. However, I do wish that I could take about 3 students back to relearn multiplication facts. But I can see that their problem stems from not understanding how multiplication works, and not that they need to memorize the facts.
I'm not familiar with Abeka, but I think the national trend is to more of the math I see with the Houghton Mifflin program.
