Last night the school board approved Math Connects for use as the primary instructional resource for grades K – 8. The board amended the textbook adoption committee’s recommendation in selecting Connects.
Regular readers of this site know that we originally formed to oppose Math Investigations, which PWCS had mandated in all of our elementary schools. Those readers will also know that we’ve had little success in our fight with the school division and have faced open derision from school officials and former school board members over our stand.
We are very happy with this decision by the school board. Math Connects, in our opinions, is a good text. It is more teacher directed and robust than enVisions, especially in computation and number sense. Having the same text from kindergarten to 8th grade will make the move between elementary school and middle school much easier.
The transition will not be easy. We have a group of kids who have never been taught the standard algorithms for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and long division who will be using a text that assumes they are fluent with them. We have a group of kids who haven’t mastered their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts who will be moving to a text that assumes they’ve mastered them. We have a group of kids who are accustomed to doing a handful of problems, at the most, who will be moving to a text that expects them to be able to crank through 15 – 20 problems with ease. Transition will not be easy.
But we think it will be the right thing for our children and commend our school board for making this tough vote.
We’ll have more on this topic later.
The Teach Math Right Team.