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Math Curricula: How Do They Work for Gifted Kids?
"Mathematically gifted students have needs that differ in nature from
those of other students. They require some differentiated instruction...
Yet recent studies have found few instructional or curricular modifications in
regular elementary classrooms... In grades 9-12, students may be able to
select honors, advanced, and AP courses; however, even in these more
homogeneously grouped classes there is a range of differences that need to be
acknowledged." Dana T. Johnson,
Teaching Mathematics to
Gifted Students in a Mixed-Ability Classroom
CMP: Connected Mathematics Project (Connected Math)
Grades 6-8, was and continues to be developed by
the Connected Mathematics Project (CMP) at Michigan State University.
"Overall, the program seems to be very incomplete, and ... is aimed at
underachieving students rather than normal or higher achieving students,"
"little or no coverage of the properties of arithmetic; exponents, squares, and
roots; fractions, decimals, and percents; and the book is devoid of algebraic
manipulation," and more...
math, bad math: What is math? Finding the fun in good math, Squashing
bad math and the fools who promote it
- "What is math, really? I hear people throwing around phrases like
"elegant" and "artistic" regarding math. I don't understand how this can be.
To me, math is add, subtract, etc. It is purely functional. Is there
something you can compare it to so that I can understand?" This hits
on one of my personal pet peeves. Math really is a beautiful thing, but the
way that math is taught turns it into something mechanistic, difficult, and
boring. The person who posted this question is a typical example of a victim
of lousy math education...
- Mathematics Program Reviews and Information. Covers California math,
Saxon, Singapore, Integrated High School Math, and many more...
Grades Mathematics Textbooks: A Benchmarks-Based Evaluation by
American Association for the Advancement of
- Evaluation of 13 middle school mathematics textbook series. Good
news: There are a few excellent middle-grades mathematics textbook series.
The top two series, Connected Math and Mathematics in Context, contain both
in-depth mathematics content and excellent instructional support. Bad
news: There are no popular commercial textbooks among the best rated. Most
of the textbooks are inconsistent and often weak in their coverage of
conceptual benchmarks in mathematics. Read
Ranking by Quality of Instruction (requires Adobe
required for Ranking only)
Resource Guide to Mathematics Curriculum for High Ability Learners in Grades
K-8 by Center for Gifted Education, The
College of William and Mary
- ...to help the teachers, administrators, and parents of high ability
mathematics students explore the materials on the market today. The guide
gives a set of criteria for judging new materials and gives examples of
different types of materials that meet those criteria...
Singapore math Review...
- Singapore Math is the actual
curriculum used in Singapore from 1982 to 2001 (English is the language of
instruction in Singapore). Primary Mathematics U.S. Edition (for
grades 1-6) & New Elementary Mathematics Syllabus D (for grades 7-10)
"Recommended for those who want a challenging math series with a proven
international track record that will carry them part way into advanced math.
This series integrates pre-algebra, algebra, and geometry and includes some
advanced math topics"
- UCSMP Everyday Mathematics
- Pre-kindergarten through 6th grade mathematics curriculum developed by the
University of Chicago School
Mathematics Project. "The overall evaluation of this program is
mediocre, but that is far from telling the whole story. It is unusual in
that some topics, such as perimeter and measurement, are covered quite well
while other topics, notably addition and subtraction of whole numbers and to
a lessor [sic] extent the work with time, are given a fairly weak
treatment." "Implementing it at the lower grade levels will undermine
the students' ability to take traditional college preparatory math courses
when they enter high school"
March 26, 2019