Curriculum Evaluation Project Several comprehensive mathematics curriculum programs have been developed to support teachers in reform-oriented, standards-based instruction while specifically addressing the NCTM Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics (1989) and the Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (2000). Your job is to investigate, in pairs or individually, one of the following curriculum projects: NSF-funded programs – specifically developed to address NCTM standards • Contemporary Mathematics in Context http://www.wmich.edu/cpmp/ (in COE Curriculum Library) • Interactive Mathematics Program http://www.mathimp.org/ (in COE Curriculum Library) • MATH Connections: A Secondary Mathematics Core Curriculum http://www.its-about-time.com/htmls/mc/mcall.html (in Math dept. library) • Mathematics: Modeling Our World http://www.comap.com/highschool/projects/mmow/introduction.htm (in Math dept. library and Prof. Guerrero’s office) • SIMMS Integrated Mathematics http://www.montana.edu/~wwwsimms/ (in COE Curriculum Library) Other non-traditional standards-based curriculum programs • College Preparatory Mathematics http://www.cpm.org/ (in COE Curriculum Library and Prof. Guerrero’s office) More information on the NSF funded programs can also be found at… http://www2.edc.org/mcc/PDF/CurricSum8.pdf to find information about the 5 high school NSF- funded mathematics curriculum programs http://www2.edc.org/mcc/about/default.asp to find information about the K-12 Mathematics Curriculum Center, a center that supports schools, districts, and states to support and implement curricular change. This site contains all information about the 12 NSF-funded K-12 curriculum projects as well as more information about reform oriented instruction. Be sure to check the curriculum library to see if they have copies of these curriculum. Also, google searches may yield more information than that given in the URL links above. Finally, you can also check the specific publisher sites to see if they have excerpts from any of the texts/books. THE INVESTIGATION & PRESENTATION: Your investigation should summarize the overall goal(s) and purpose(s) of the curriculum program, then focus specifically on how the algebra and geometry content/curriculum varies from more traditional curricula. Some questions to consider while doing your investigation: • What are the guiding principles of the curriculum program? • Who developed this program? When? • What specific purpose in the secondary math curriculum market does this curriculum program serve? Is there a specific audience? • What does this curriculum offer that others don’t? • Is there any research on the strengths/weaknesses of this curriculum program? • What are some specific characteristics of this curriculum? When focusing on specific algebra/geometry materials, you may want to consider: • How does this presentation of algebra/geometry vary from traditional texts? • What is different about the algebra/geometry instruction in this curriculum? What is different about the curriculum itself? • Provide specific examples (if at all possible) of algebra and/or geometry curriculum materials that demonstrate your findings. You will give a brief (10-15 minute) presentation to the class sharing what you learned about your curriculum program. To aid in your presentation you may want to (1) use overheads and/or a PowerPoint presentation, (2) bring in a sample of the curriculum, and (3) provide the class with a learning experience that demonstrates the intent of your curriculum project. Your presentation needs to include background information on the program itself as well as specific examples within algebra and/or geometry. You will present your findings, in class, on Tuesday March 13. There will be no class on Tuesday February 27 to allow you time to gather and compile information.
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