Yippers. I'm ready. I think.
Oh, and good luck with all the new math programs. We have a lot of terrified kids and parents so far.
I'm as ready as I' m gonna be.Honestly, I think the new math program is going to work fine at my school (80-95% of our students have multiple computers at home). But I've been saying, since the day I was "trained" on the program, that some schools are going to struggle with it. I've taught at several schools where at least 25% of the students have no internet access at home. How are they going to do their homework, when it's all online? Oh, go to the library? Riiiight! A good percentage of them won't do their homework when they have a book right there in front of them, and now the district expects them to come home, eat dinner, clean up and then go out to the library and wait in line to use one of those computers. Not gonna happen. And thusly, the very students that they are supposedly targeting to help are going to be even more disadvantaged. Bleah! So much for helping the kids that need the help the most.
Yes, we have that problem, too. But even worse in my view is how math teachers have now lost a whole chunk of their autonomy. You WILL teach exactly this way, in this order, on this day. And you will give up 35% of your teaching time for testing. 35%! Who was it who said that line about "you can't feed the cow if you're too busy weighing it"?
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