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Friday, September 12, 2014

Visit us at the AIE Conference in Austin

Bob at Conference
Visit Excel Math in Austin

The week of September 23, 2014 Bob and Brad will be traveling to Austin for the AIE (Advancing Improvement in Education) Conferenc, giving participants a chance to check out our new Grades 2-5 Texas Teacher Editions!

If you'll be at the conference, be sure to stop by booths #27-28 and take a look at our new books (at the Austin Convention Center).

Bob will be presenting on Instructional Strategies: 7 Proven Methods. Here's a brief summary of his session:

"Presenting Instructional Strategies for effective direct instruction, attendees will learn tips to engage and reach all students regardless of their learning style. Using a well-balanced Mathematics curriculum with seven successful strategies, teachers will be able to track the successful development of student learning. This facilitates development of knowledge and skills as specified in TEKS standards."

One of Bob's handouts will be a lesson from the new Grade 2 Texas Teacher Editon. Take a look at Grade 3 by clicking on the book cover below. You can see more details about Bob's session on the conference website at

Speaking of Texas, we just got wonderful news from our friends in Lake Worth Texas. Students at N.A. Howry Intermediate School have been using Excel Math this year. Seventy-nine percent of the 5th grade students passed the first round of STAAR testing in 2014. That's a 25 percent increase! Way to go teachers and students. Impressive.

Lake Worth students increase STAAR Test scores 25%   

Read more and watch the video:

Excel Math is designed to combine math worksheets with hands-on activities and active learning. Our unique spiraling process helps students retain the math concepts for the long term.

Grade 3 Texas TE
Grade 3 Texas Teacher Editon

For over 35 years Excel Math has been helping students build solid math skills. And those rigorous math lessons continue to help students today, as these Texas test results show.

However, things are changing in Texas. With the rollout of new TEKS for the new 2014-2015 school year, concepts that were once taught in Grade 7 are now moving to Grade 5.

Angles, decimals and equivalent fractions are being introduced in Grade 4. Major shifts in the standards and in Mathematical Processes are happening from Kindergarten through middle school and beyond.

As a result, our new Texas Teacher Editions have revised lessons, discussion suggestions, plus new activities and manipulatives to guide you through the transition to the TEKS. (We do not have a personal financial literacy component, but we have built into the lessons lots of practice with coins, money, making change, etc.)

Our Texas Teacher Editions for Grades 2-6 will also include a Budget Worksheet and lessons explaining how to record income and expenses, calculate interest (for the older grades), etc.

Do you have some insights or concerns about the new TEKS? Leave a comment below.

You can take a look at sample lessons on the Texas page of our website:

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Texas Sample Packet

Texas Sample Pack
(TEKS aligned)

New to Excel Math? Preview elementary math lessons that really work for Kindergarten through Sixth Grade on our website:

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