Monthly Archives: October 2011

BCSD Facts Reviewed

We applaud the Blaine County School District for updating their website with current information about the new math program. Last week, we really had to dig on the BCSD website to find information regarding the math adoption process even though the textbooks were approved back in June, 2011 (see section XII.b.).

A few things to keep in mind when reviewing the information the publisher provided the district about Investigations:  

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Productive Discussion and Debate

Parent Math Meetings have been scheduled for Monday, October 10th. When it comes to our children’s education, discussion can become quite heated when differing pedagogical methods and content are being discussed. We here at encourage everybody able to attend Monday’s meetings, to do so in the spirit of gleaning information, professional discussion, and cooperatively seeking solutions.  We plan to attend with the following objectives in mind:   Continue reading


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TERC Positives


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  • Development of multiplication strategies for single-digit multiplication leading to fluency.
  • Good representation of fractions and their addition and subtraction through clock and rectangular depictions.
  • Students have the opportunity to maintain and practice learned skills and numerical fluency.
  • Learn through exploration: discovery learning.
  • Foundational concepts for area are well-developed in the main program. Supplemental activities provide practice with formulas for the areas of rectangles.
  • Addition and subtraction of fractions has a good start with strong models.
  • Students develop strong visual models for challenging concepts such as fractions, multi-digit multiplication, and area.   Continue reading

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Questions Parents Should Consider

Parents need to invest some time in understanding the math curriculum being taught to their children. A parent must not feel intimidated into not contacting the school district office to get more information. A parent should be able to contact such a person and have the curriculum benefits explained to them to their satisfaction. Their child’s future is at stake and no question should be too stupid to ask.

  1. Is long hand division and multiplication taught and practiced?

Discussion: Most parents assume that their child is being taught these basic because they were taught it. A parent should make a decision on whether it is okay to replace this skill with the use of a calculator. Continue reading

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Math Education Video

The following embedded video is an inquiry into Investigations, First Edition, which only contained reform math problem solving methods and contained no standard algorithms for solving math problems.

The edition that BCSD has purchased is Investigations, Second Edition © 2012.  The second edition introduces the standard algorithm as a stand alone activity that is not mathematically incorporated into the program. The main program continues to develop multiple strategies for solving math problems as shown in this video.

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