Feedback on Progress
It is evident that teaching math is work but the use of games is impressive. The kids are not required to do tons of worksheets and the Beat the Calculator game is a great way to practice facts. The guidepost tests seem to be an effective way to check on progress. Long term and short term goals are in place and progress is being made toward them. Everyday Math is a Ňhands onÓ program that using a lot of visual learning. ItŐs important to remember that the students donŐt have to master all concepts, but at least they are introduced to higher concepts. The spiraling component of the program and the Daily Math Sheets emphasize review. By the end of 3rd grade, the students have been exposed to many complex concepts and there is an increase in the learning of all, particularly those below grade level. ItŐs evident that teachers are excited about teaching math. Using math cheers is a creative idea!
There is some frustration about the amount of time available to teach math at the elementary level compared to the middle school level.