General PTO Meeting, Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - enVision Math Curriculum was presented to the general members. Parents attending were taken through a 5th grade math lesson, taught by Mrs. Kelly Burnett. The parents were asked to watch a video on the lesson, then participate in the worksheets for that lesson. They were given the math tools needed. Mrs. Burnett did an excellent job teaching to the roughly 40 parents attending. The following are questions submitted that Ms. Long and Mrs. Burnett simply did not have the time to answer that evening.

How are the students given the information about the math changes? (Flagstaff Teachers, Admin and Staff Rock!) Students were not told directly about the change in mathematics curriculum because their minds are very open at this age, and they easily adapt to new instructions, as long as it is taught consistently, which it has been. In general students are not having issues in class with the math instruction. I think teachers find this math helpful because it teaches to the high level learners as well as the low level learners. (ex. those that get the topic quickly vs those that need more help) I feel like the faster learners are being short changed even though they are able to do "projects", which seem like a way to fill the time. Can't they just move to the next lesson? We want our children to not move on quickly through the material, but to fully gain mastery. It is one thing to quickly cover something, and have that child move on to the next thing, it is true learning to cover something, and have a child gain a deep understanding of it. Students in the advanced classes go deeper into the conceptual portion of math, which sets them up for greater success in the advanced math classes in High School and college. I would like to be sure there is enough information for the parents (to) learn this method of learning math, including Vocabulary etc... If they stay in enVision can they get into AP classes at Niwot? Yes. | Comment: Thanks. I really appreciate the time and effort you all put into the meeting. Thank You, we really appreciate you taking the time to attend the meeting and learn more first hand about the enVision math curriculum. -Flagstaff PTO After hearing the 3rd grade parents' concerns tonight, it almost sounds that "No Child Left Behind" is nothing more than slowing down advanced students so the rest can catch up. True? If not, why not? What additional training sessions for parents will you offer? The school is trying to set up additional nights like this for parents who have interest. I still have no idea what a complimentary number is. The decimal number system that we use every day has 10 digits {0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9} and so it is Base-10. A complementary number, in number theory, is the number obtained by subtracting a number from its base. For example, the complement of 7 in numbers to base 10 is 3. http://www.mathsisfun.com/definitions/ or another way to look at it. Definition: Base 10 refers to the numbering system in common use. Take a number like 475, base ten refers to the position, the 5 is in the one's place, the 7 is in the ten's place and the 4 is in the hundred's place. Each number is 10 times the value to the right of it, hence the term base ten. Base 10 blocks are often used in early education in math to help students grasp number. Base 10 blocks have a cube to represent one, ten cube strip to represent ten and a 100 cube block to represent 100. enVision math is not necessarily a new way of math. Much of math today is the same as in the "old days", there is new terminology for much of it, and students seem to be learning different aspects of it earlier. Getting past what terminology is used and also understanding that there is not just one way of finding an answer as many of us were taught is one of the first steps. Some methods just click for some students, while other methods click for other students. This math curriculum is teaching them different ways of getting to the same place. |