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Content Expert Reviewer
Dr. Maggie Myers is a lecturer at The University of Texas and a mathematics education consultant. As a mathematics content specialist with the SEDL National Center for Quality Afterschool, she observes promising afterschool programs to identify effective practices, guides materials development for disseminating research-based supports, and conducts training. Maggie has a Ph.D. in Mathematical Statistics and extensive experiences in mathematics education, from developing educational materials for young children and their families to teaching high school through graduate-level mathematics. She was the site director for Family Math in Austin, Texas, a math coach, and the creator of materials for informal settings as well as materials for the implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Mathematics, the curriculum for the state of Texas. Recently, she led a writing team for revising the grades 3-5 Washington State Mathematics Standards.
- Everyday Mathematics is a comprehensive mathematics program that is designed for day school programs.
- The content is accurate and is designed and validated by research.
- Algebra and uses of variables
- Data and chance
- Geometry and spatial sense
- Measures and measurement
- Numeration and order
- Patterns, functions, and sequences
- Reference frames
- These are not explicitly addressed by the curriculum.
- Taking turns, working together cooperatively.
- Communicating ideas to solve problems.
Alignment to Standards
- The curriculum covers all of the mathematics content and process strands described in the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics Principles and Standards for School Mathematics.
- The standards likely provide good coverage of expectations for any given state, and are grade level specific.
- Assessment handbook with Blackline Masters are used to track individual progress.
- Students are continually assessed with competitions, games, worksheets, portfolios, as well as periodic and standardized tests.
- Suggestions for how to recognize student achievement are also included.
- This curriculum is structured but flexible with many options and choices based on students needs and interests.
- Instructors are provided many options and given direction to help them choose between the options.
- Topics are entirely defined by the curriculum, but many activity options are given and instructors have a good deal of flexibility in which activities they choose to use.
- The curriculum is a balance of teacher-directed instruction with opportunities for open-ended, hands-on explorations, long-term projects, and on-going practice.
- Some activities could be considered student-directed because there are teacher choices based on student responses, as well as choices made entirely by students.
Addressing Diverse Student Needs
- The curriculum gives suggestions for adjusting activities and differentiated instruction.
- There are supports for English language learners, readiness, connections, enrichment, extra practice, creating learning centers, and using technology.
Learning Styles Addressed
- Addresses elementary school mathematics at each specific grade level. It clearly tailors to the developmental needs of each individual student.
- Activities are all developmentally appropriate.
- The curriculum consists of a variety of activities that may appeal to different learning styles.
- Movement/spatial learning: Some activities address this. For example, kindergarteners may act out counting down to zero.
- Interpersonal learning: Students often work in large and small groups, and can be assigned suggested “jobs.”
- Artistic learning: The curriculum addresses this by connecting math with art and music and encouraging creativity. For example, students may sing number songs, or explore patterns through art projects.
- The curriculum consists of a variety of activity choices.
- Research suggests that it has been successful in reducing achievement gaps.
- Beyond this, the curriculum does little to explicitly address students’ diverse backgrounds.
Strengths and Challenges
Challenges and Drawbacks
- The curriculum describes math routines, centers, games, projects, and family connections.
- Activities and structure are promising practices in mathematics.
- Lessons connect with other academic areas.
- It would be optimal if the school day classroom and afterschool program could coordinate when using this program.
- Curriculum is not scripted, the flexibility could be problematic for instructors who are not comfortable making decisions to guide student learning.