Problem Solving: Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Teaching, Curriculum Development and Research
Columbia, SC (PRWEB) January 20, 2009
The nation's #1 ranked mathematics program, Scott Foresman-Addison Wesley enVisionMATH, is one of the six listed programs for adoption in the state of South Carolina. This recommendation paves the way for students and teachers throughout South Carolina to benefit from the research-based enVisionMATH program developed by education publisher Pearson and authored by a team of the Nation's most respected authorities in math education.
The #1 math curriculum in the US in 2008, enVisionMATH is authored by three nationally-recognized experts who were part of the writing team that developed the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Curriculum Focal Points. They are: Dr. Randall Charles, Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics at San Jose State University and past vice president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics; Dr. Francis "Skip" Fennell, a member of the President's National Mathematics Advisory Panel and immediate past president of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; and Dr. Jane F. Schielack, Associate Dean for Assessment and PreK-12 Education, Texas A&M University who chaired the Focal Points Committee. South Carolina's math standards are based on the NCTM Focal Points and Dr. Schielack was consultant to the state in developing the South Carolina Academic Standards.
Dr. Charles said, "An independent efficacy study issued last month by PRES Associates Researchers validates enVisionMATH's success in the classroom. Curriculum efforts must be based on research, and this study identifies -- even celebrates -- our program's focus on conceptual understanding, proficiency, and problem solving."
The research report indicated that students learning with enVisionMATH achieved greater improvement than control students across three standardized assessments -- the Group Mathematics Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation (GMADE), the Balanced Assessment of Math (BAM), and the Metropolitan Achievement Test (MAT8 Math Computation). Additionally, the study reports that enVisionMATH students demonstrated significantly greater improvement in math performance as compared to control students across several different areas of math, including: 1) math computation; 2) math problem-solving and communication; and 3) math vocabulary.
Dr. Charles recently conducted a Professional Development session in Greenville for Math Coaches and Administrators. In his presentation "Problem Solving: Lessons Learned from 30 Years of Teaching, Curriculum Development and Research," Dr. Charles explains how foundational mathematics principles can be applied in the 21st century classroom. His workshop focuses on teaching problem-solving strategies and the use of bar diagrams to help students "see" the math and understand which operations to use to solve problems.
Dr. Charles links mastery of algebra and math skills to the long-term fiscal health of our economy and future generations. He said, "Virtually all of the research in recent years confirms that in order for our students to compete in the global 21st century economy, they simply must improve significantly in their understanding of math concepts and skills. Mathematics is a significant obstacle for many students, and this is no longer acceptable."
The print and digital components of the enVisionMATH program address the crisis Charles refers to with innovative, proven, scientifically research-based solutions based on lessons learned from the worldwide TIMSS studies and other research.
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This first-of-its kind curriculum blending digital and print content includes daily differentiated instruction and was developed in collaboration with a team of math teachers. In response to teachers' demands, the program is organized into 20 focused topics at each grade level using a revolutionary, easy-to-use teaching system that places all of the materials for each topic in one place. Animated topic tutorials, video topic openers, whiteboard-ready resources, eTools and online editions help students of all learning styles and abilities access content and allow teachers to easily customize instruction. With assessment and prescriptions embedded throughout enVisionMATH, teachers can individualize instruction for students, ensuring they grasp each concept before moving on to the next lesson. The teacher's manual maps to state learning standards and benchmarks, helping teachers to stay on track to meet learning goals
In 2008 enVisionMATH was the leading math program in the U.S., adopted by more than 13,000 schools for two million K-6 students.
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