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Math Trailblazers. Norm Kennedy SEA – February 11, 2009. Guiding Principles . Math Trailblazers Comprehensive, K-5 mathematics curriculum with problem solving at its core Background National Science Foundation Grant TIMS (Teaching Integrated Math and Science) University of Chicago

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    1. Math Trailblazers Norm Kennedy SEA – February 11, 2009

    2. Guiding Principles • Math Trailblazers • Comprehensive, K-5 mathematics curriculum with problem solving at its core • Background • National Science Foundation Grant • TIMS (Teaching Integrated Math and Science) • University of Chicago • Standards and research based curriculum • Structured so concepts and skills grow logically within each grade and across grade levels • Spiral concept

    3. Guiding Principles • Comprehensive and balanced assessment program that is formative and summative • Teaches math facts and whole-number computation based on current research • Rigorous mathematics to all children • Teachers are facilitators rather than lecturers

    4. NCTM Standards Number and Operations Algebra Geometry Measurement Data Analysis and Probability Problem Solving Reasoning and Proof Communication Connections Representation

    5. NCTM Goals for Students • That they: • Learn to value math • Become confident in their ability • Learn to communicate • Learn to reason • Become mathematical problem solvers These are also the goals of Math Trailblazers. This is what sets standards-based programs apart from the traditional.

    6. Hallmarks • Connections to Science • Real problems occur naturally • Scientific investigation/method • Draw – Collect – Graph - Explore • Connections to Language Arts • Lessons emphasize reading, writing, and oral communication • Original stories • Trade books recommended to accompany lessons • Journal and discussion prompts for every lesson • Measurement • Length, area, mass, time, volume, money

    7. Guiding Principles for Assessment in Math Trailblazers • We assess what we value • Assessment is integrated with instruction – guides the educational experience • Assessment gauges progress over time due to the “spiraling” nature • Multiple sources of information improve the validity of judgments about student learning • Assessment activities should be balanced to reflect all aspects of the curriculum

    8. Assessment ComponentsGrades K-5 • Portfolios • Discussion Prompts • Observational Assessment • Written Assessments • Assessment pages • Math journals • Assessment ideas for every lesson • Assessment lessons integrated within • Assessment labs • Assessment units • Open-ended problems • Tests • Facts assessment

    9. Rubrics • Student rubrics appear beginning in grade 3 • Knowing • Telling • Solving • Multidimensional rubrics for teachers to use to score one or more areas

    10. Stages of Computation in MTB • Developing meaning for the operation • Inventing procedures for solving problems • Learn multiple strategies through discussion and modeling • Becoming more efficient at carrying out procedures • Lack of emphasis on rote work and timed tests • Developing mathematical power • The ability to understand when and how to apply computational methods to solve problems.

    11. Multi-Year Approach • Facts and concepts are not “gatekeepers” so students are not held back from trying something new until one concept is mastered. • Mental math and estimation is encouraged.

    12. Working with Parents • Parent letters with every unit • Home practice with every unit • Parent brochures, letters, and homework instructions in English and Spanish • Materials for parent involvement • A Just for Families page on the Web site

    13. Professional Development • Customized Implementation Plan • Initial Training Institute • Administrator Workshop • Assessment Workshop • Strategic Planning Institute • Math Mentor Development Workshop • Customizable On-site Training

    14. Additional Support • Electronic Teacher Community • Online Message Boards • Live Chat • Forum to ask questions • TIMS Listserv • Newsletter – “Voice” • Website: www.mathtrailblazers.com

    15. Teacher Components • Teacher Implementation Guide • Reference guide for teachers • Unit Resource Guide (URG) • All the lessons broken up into unitsbooks • Teacher Resource CD-ROM • A Spanish set of Letters Home • Blackline Master Book • Essential Literature Titles (Optional)

    16. Student Components • Student Guides • Discovery Assignment Books • Adventure Books • Collection of illustrated stories • Manipulatives • Chain links, connecting cubes, square inch tiles, pattern blocks, 3-D geometric shapes, coins, bits, skinny’s, and flats, graduated cylinders, scales, etc…….

    17. Cost • K-5 Teacher Materials Kit - $395 per class • Materials Kit - $400-1200 per class • Student Guides - $30 consumable • Adventure Book- $6non-consumable • Discovery Assignment Book $10 non-cons. • 4th grade classroom (28 students) = $2800 • http://www.kendallhunt.com