K-12 Math Resources Review

Recently, the Georgia Department of Education announced that the 2012 K-12 Mathematics Review of Learning Resources/Instructional Materials would take place this summer. During the second week of June, approximately forty publishers of math materials or their representatives made presentations to a committee comprised of math teachers, math coordinators and business and community members. The materials presented include traditional textbooks, workbooks, consumables, as well as online, web based programs. The range of materials supports core math subjects at all levels for the day-to-day classroom as well as students in need of remediation.

Review sites have been set up all around the state in each of Georgia’s 13 Congressional Districts. Mathematics educators and parents are encouraged to visit one of the Evaluation and Review Sites between June 25 – July 12, 2012 to provide feedback on the K-12 Mathematics learning resources and materials that are on display.

DeKalb County is fortunate in that the review site for the District 4 area is Druid Hills High School at 1798 Haygood Drive, N.E. Atlanta 30307. The resources will be on display in the cafeteria Monday through Thursday June 25 – July 12 from 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Schedule may vary with July 4th holiday.) When facing the school, the entrance to the cafeteria is located directly behind the new addition and is easily accessed by a walkway from the parking lot.

After the review process, the committee will meet at the end of the month to officially make recommendations as to which mathematics resources should be on the purchasing list for the State of Georgia Department of Education. Depending upon textbook budgets and purchasing cycles, it is the responsibility of each local system to determine which materials suit their needs best, and to make purchases accordingly.

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4 Responses to K-12 Math Resources Review

  1. teacher/taxpayer says:

    Taxpayer Me says: Another approach to teaching math and even more money spent on books, manipulatives , and cute stuff that makes the sales pitch more inviting?
    Teacher Me says: Might be worth it if it can keep teachers sane. Just don’t give us the materials and training just before the kids hit the door! (Like it always happens!)
    Jusat to enlighten those readers who do not teach, here is the method we use in DeKalb elementary schools now.
    Preparing math lessons is like ordering from a Chinese menu. Search all over the parts of the math curriculum center. Check the standards, see what the Basic Usage Guide (BUG) provides, look over the associated sections of the Teacher’s Edition for Math Georiga and Math Expressions. Select a worksheet and/or homework from Document A, a performance task from document B, a quiz or test from Document C plus search the internet for other ideas. Prepare all the materials and copy any handouts.
    (For those who think teachers have so much free time, imagine how long it takes to do all this! And we don’t do it when children are in the room!)
    And then we get to actually teach it, assess, and reteach. It is SO wonderful when the kids get it! Hooray! Let’s do it again for next week!

  2. Former DeKalb Teacher says:

    When, oh when, will district officials realize that books don’t teach students, TEACHERS TEACH STUDENTS! I was with DeKalb for eight years. In my time with the county we had McGraw-Hill Math, Math Investigations, Everyday Math, Math Expressions, and Math Georgia. The millions upon millions of dollars that were spent on those would have been MUCH better spent on reducing class sizes! I can count on one hand the number of times I taught a lesson from any of those texts! Yes, I did use singular things here and there to support my lessons, but never did I teach a lesson from a textbook and then assign homework out of it. All the textbooks just gathered dust on the classroom bookshelves. It’s the 21st century and it’s time everyone realizes that textbooks are no longer necessary. Invest in web-based site access, classroom computers (that don’t take 30 minutes to start up), tablets, copiers that work, enough paper for teachers to be able to make copies with, etc. While they’re at it, everyone needs to stop acting like the Common Core GPS are some new revelation that everyone needs new materials for. Are they different here and there? Yes. Do we need to completely reinvent the wheel because something is a little different? No.

    It breaks my heart that this is what main points of conversation are within the district. These kids aren’t doing well because the higher ups are too worried about how things look and who is talking about who. These kids needs people that care about THEM, that want to help THEM. I would have stayed with DeKalb forever if it were for my students. Unfortunately, I could no longer work for a system that is so misguided and corrupt.

    Ok, venting over 🙂

  3. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    Check out this TED-Ed channel online! Fun lessons online for kids — We’ll add the link to the side panel for safekeeping – but here it is:

  4. bettyandveronica1 says:

    Sounds to me like you are saying the books don’t nearly represent what the curric. says although it’s got all those standards listed throughout the books. If it’s not accurate, up to date, advocate for better information. I have looked at the books and I understand, particullarly in elem. books there is way too much crap in it, too many pictures, english/science in a math book. I end up feeling like a schizophrenic after I read one of those because the information is related so poorly.

    All I know is more and more kids are being taught by worksheet and I think this is appalling. What’s wrong with answering the questions in the book? This being said, I think actually expecting a kid to read the book is the best course. Assigning math homework out of the book, expecting kids to write the problem down and answer it. I know it’s old school but it worked, I just don’t see why these kids aren’t expected to think anymore. Copying a question down or answering problems from the book employs many different parts of the brain and makes the kids think. It makes them part of the lesson, the part that is supposed to be reinforced at home. Do your experiments, work on the promethian board but use the books, we pay for them. Stop teaching by worksheet. I actually had a teacher say to me we don’t want them to spend time learning how to take notes, so I just give them their notes. When are they supposed to learn this tool that will be used for the rest of their lives. Unless we get back to teaching kids how to study, how to take effective notes, and how to think we are not moving anywhere fast in this state. Something tells me the CCS is not going to be the savior we hope for in GA. It all falls on the implementation and judging from how Dekalb implements, we are sunk.

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