Being on the margins :(
Submitted by S Jones on January 5, 2018 - 11:46am
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I've been following the development of math OER and there's a neat one called Illustrative Math. It is not only open, but the activities tend to have a lot of solid concept-building in them as well as the procedural regular stuff. Some people are even making lessons using geogebra and desmos to go with the lessons.
Imagine my happiness when I was allowed to join the "review team" for the high school math they're working on... and that they were planning on including lessons for the NCTM-recommended "extra hour support" class that struggling students would benefit from.
There wasn't much to review... what they had was brief reviews of pre-requisite procedures for the lessons. they said they were going to do more with it later... so I commented on what was there and suggested that these learners -- given an extra chunk of instructional time -- could benefit from more intensive concept development. So, rather than just review the procedures for exponents, I suggested lessons that developed the exponent concepts.
We got the response to our reviews and ... the support wasn't even mentioned. I emailed and inquired, and it seems that might not get funded so they haven't invested any more resources into it.
Hey, it's not as if we have a problem w/ numeracy in theUS, right?
I wish I were more than one little voice from the margins...