ERIC Number: EJ975978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: N/A
Everyday Math: Offering Options, Opinions, and Challenges
Veronda, Cynthia W.
Understanding Our Gifted, v17 n2 p14-17 Win 2005
"Options". "Opinions". "Challenges". These are the key words used by a group of gifted 3rd- and 4th-grade students when asked what they want out of math. Although not surprised by the desire for challenges, most of the author's colleagues are intrigued by the students' wishes for options and opinions in math. After all, this is not persuasive writing or current events, but mathematics. Finding a commercial curriculum that fits these needs can be difficult, but in Kankakee, Illinois, they have succeeded. Kankakee District #111 adopted the University of Chicago's Mathematics Project, "Everyday Math," five years ago. This non-traditional approach to mathematics offers all students choices of algorithms, encourages the development of advanced math vocabularies through engaged paired and small group discoveries, and challenges all students to move beyond computation. The "Everyday Math" curriculum offers not only opportunity for growth and challenge, but the opportunity for students to challenge themselves by exploring options for problem-solving and sharing their opinions with their peers.
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 3, Grade 4, Academically Gifted, Mathematics Instruction, Student Attitudes, Curriculum, Teaching Methods, Student Needs, Cooperative Learning, Group Activities, Mathematics Curriculum, Problem Solving
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4
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Identifiers - Location: Illinois