Teaching Textbooks Math

Summary

Teaching Textbooks is a quality math program that provides computer based lessons and workbooks.  A student can use one or both to move through the lessons.  Instruction is clear and easy to understand and there are plenty of practice problems.  

Pros:

  • Student can do both workbook and/or online.
  • All instruction is given on the computer
  • Lessons provide clear instruction and quality practice.
  • Computer will auto grade each lesson, quiz and test
  • When an answer is wrong a pop up will appear that tells the student why

Cons:

  • Not aligned to the SBAC standards used for state testing of grades 3 – 8.   
  • Not being standards-aligned makes it hard to change to a new curriculum later without having gaps in knowledge.
  • Numbering system is not intuitive.  Teaching Textbooks 3 = 2nd grade curriculum;  Teaching Textbooks 4 = 3rd grade curriculum;  Teaching Textbooks 5 = 4th grade curriculum;  etc.

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Math U See

Summary

This is a hands-on math program that uses building through blocks and manipulatives to show and express math concepts. Best for students who like to work with their hands and for students who need to have repetition.

 

Pros:

  • Good hands-on manipulatives
  • Benefit from moving objects to represent numbers
  • For hands-on learners and students who struggle with math
  • Mastery based learning
  • Great online fact practice support
  • Lots of repetition
  • Comes with a DVD of instruction

Cons:

  • Avoid this one if you prefer a more traditional form of math.
  • Students sometimes complain about the repetitive nature of the problem sets.

 

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