Curriculum Analysis

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Kristen and I shared similar views on how each of three textbooks she looked at approached factoring.  We both agreed that having the repetition-style practice.  With something like factoring, having that kind of practice allows students plenty of familiarity with the process.

We also agreed that it was nice that the Core Connections book outlines in detail what teachers need to address, especially as first year teachers.  It’s easy to get lost in the details, and the CPM curriculum really aims to have an integrated story, so having a detail teachers guide is very beneficial.  We also agreed that it was nice that the Core Connections book had activities that broke up the direct instruction.  I think it’s beneficial, not just because factoring is something that students need to work at on their own to gain mastery, but also because it allows for avenues for students to connect and see the meaningful background for a concept like factoring.

We also agreed that the common errors alert was great.  It’s easy to forget what those errors are because you have so much experience with the concept, but that isn’t true for students.  Knowing where they might make mistakes can help both you and your students, both in terms of being less frustrated by the concept and in ensuring that the students are really understanding what they’re doing.

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2 thoughts on “Curriculum Analysis

  1. Sounds like there are some good additional resources in this book for teachers, such as identifying common student errors. Practice is important in mathematics, but it is also important to balance that with concept development. Do you think this book did a good job of that as well?

  2. We ROCK! But yes, I like that it has other resources for teachers to check up with. As a first year teacher, i have a feeling I will be using that a lot! I also like the idea of having different texts in a classroom, because I’m not always going to use one book, and use one approach! I want to have different ideas and different ways of looking at things and showing concepts! Some of the text isn’t student friendly, but allows the teacher to know what standards are addressed and such!

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