For years, my district has been using Everyday Mathematics as our basic math program. There are loads of things I like about it, but a few things I don't like about it.
Before that, we used Mathland. There were loads of things I liked about it, but a few things I didn't like about it.
Before that, I've used Addison Wesley, Math Their Way, and absolutely nothing but teacher made materials. There were loads of things I liked about all these programs, and a few things I didn't like about each of them.
Because we are adopting the Common Core standards, my district is looking for a math series that closer aligns with the Common Core.
I am lucky to be one of the elementary teachers who is piloting one of the new programs: enVision Math!
Another group of elementary teachers is piloting Math in Focus.
The rest of the elementary teachers are continuing with Everyday Mathematics.
All the piloting teachers met on Friday for some serious discussion on both series, hoping to lead to some decisions.
Here's what we found:
- Both series cover the Common Core standards beautifully. The Scope and Sequence for both programs are nearly identical, although the concepts aren 't necessarily taught in the same order.
- enVisions has homework and centers that are easily differentiated.
- Math in Focus tends to be a tad more challenging, especially at the beginning of the year.
- Both programs are accessible online. (The Math in Focus people weren't sure how accessible because they were still having some issues getting there.)
- enVisions has tests online which gives nice print outs for parent communication. It also has cute videos to introduce every lesson.
- Math in Focus is based on the well-known Singapore Math. The Common Core Standards for math are also based on Singapore Math. The enVision program is based on the Common Core Standards.
- enVisions has easily differentiated materials, but none of the teachers using it felt it was differentiated enough for the highest students.
- Children in classes for both programs are feeling good about math and having success.
Clearly, no decision has been made yet for next year. What do you think makes a good math program? What would you want to see?