Monday, November 19, 2012

Curriculum Confusion

I'm really interested to see how many of you out there use an adopted curriculum?  We adopted one 2 years ago, and I keep wondering to myself who wrote these lessons?  Teachers? Administrators? Writers? College Professors?  Just fess up, and I won't hold it against you, but do you really think about how a 4th grader is going to understand what you are trying to teach them in the order you are trying to teach them?

For the last couple of weeks, I've been teaching division.  I looked at the curriculum and lessons before I started, and I knew it was going to be rough. It is such a difficult and abstract concept to ask students to work backwards from multiplication when they don't even know their multiplication facts.  So to say the least there were some struggles and some tears.  We have managed to come out the other side with smiles, and confidence, but not after a few frustrations.  We used our whiteboards, our journals, the curriculum, and technology to help us understand.  Here are a few good sites I've found to help the students be successful. Let me know if you have any to add to this list or any good suggestions you have that have helped you in the past.


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