Even as teachers are beginning to receive some guidance for teaching to the Common Core, the training and preparation they are receiving has been sporadic at best.
In a recent EdSource post, Lillian Mongeau got right to this point, saying teachers are "unevenly prepared" to teach in this "dramatically different fashion."
With the new standards, "Rather than providing a formula to calculate the area of a shape, students might be given a set of problems or activities that help them discover how to arrive at the formula on their own."
A teacher friend told Liana Heitin that "it's tough designing problems that allow students to figure out the tricks—something she's never really had to do before." Read more at http://blogs.edweek.org
Instead of leaving it up to the teacher to figure out, these new Excel Math editions contain lessons, discussion ideas, hands-on activities, teaching tips, and manipulatives (such as fractions on a number line and coordinate grids) that address the new Common Core Standards.
Not only does each CCS Teacher Edition include new teaching tools, it also walks teachers through the new discovery methods of teaching math, no longer just having students memorize algorithms.
Mathematical Practices, another new component of the CCS Standards, are woven Excel Math lessons at each grade level.
Excel Math lessons help students develop a growth mindset as they learn math with our unique CheckAnswer system—a natural feedback loop.
Here's what one mom called to tell us:
"My daughter struggled with grasping math concepts until she started with Excel Math in her new school. It just "clicked" with her and she now maintains a 99% average overall in math! Before using Excel Math, she wouldn't have cared whether she had her homework done or not. Now she completes her math homework first because the instant feedback of the 'CheckAnswers' allows her to locate and fix any mistakes on her own. She no longer has to wait for the teacher to grade her work to find out if she 'gets it'. Excel Math offers her a level of control that is often missing in other math curricula."
— A Grateful Mom in Belleville, PA
Excel Math has been effectively used in GATE classes as well as for remedial programs (both as a supplement and in a core position) for years.
Excel Math lessons give teachers the resources they need to help every child succeed and achieve (at high levels) in elementary mathematics.
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