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Excel Math Blog

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Excel Math: Powerful in a Core or a Supplement Position

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Common Core Teacher Editions
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Excel Math builds student success when used in either a core or supplement position.

The Excel Math Common Core Teacher Editions contain lessons, discussion ideas, hands-on activities, teaching tips, and manipulatives that guide educators as they transistion to the new Common Core Standards.

In a recent EdSource post, Lillian Mongeau got right to this point, saying teachers are "unevenly prepared" to teach in this "dramatically different fashion."

Here's where the new Excel Math Common Core Teacher Editions can help.

Instead of leaving it up to the teacher to figure out new ways to teach, the new Excel Math Common Core Editions contain lessons, discussion ideas, hands-on activities, teaching tips, and manipulatives (such as fractions on a number line and coordinate grids) that address the new Common Core Standards.

Using Excel Math as a Supplement?

Here are a few points to remember:

Stick with Excel Math's Daily Pacing
There is no need to skip around with Excel Math. Follow the lessons as they occur in the Student Lesson Sheets and in the Common Core Teacher Edition.

Because Excel Math Lessons use a precise spiraling process, the concepts will occur taught in the lesson will reoccur at regular intervals for practice, review, homework and assessment.

We don't expect mastery the first time the concept is introduced.

Go with the Core
It doesn't matter if your Core curriculum has you teaching a different concept than appears on the Excel Math Lesson Sheets.

The Excel Math spiraling process has you covered! The spaced repetition of Common Core concepts ensures that your students will continue to have exposure to the concepts introduced in your Core curriculum.

Schools report that test scores increase after using Excel Math as a supplement to their Core curriculum. Read math success stories and rave reviews from administrators, teachers and parents on the successes page of our website.

Watch our video on the right to see more tips and best practices for using Excel Math in a supplement position.

Using Excel Math:
Core Program Connection [9:00 min]


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Mathematical Practices

Standards for Mathematical Practices
in Excel Math

Not only does each Excel Math Common Core Teacher Editions include new teaching tools, it also walks teachers through the new discovery methods of teaching math, no longer just having students memorize algorithms.

Discussion suggestions, hands-on activities and a variety of problem-solving methods are included throughout the new Edition.  

Mathematical Practices

Mathematical Practices, another new component of the CCS Standards, are woven into Excel Math lessons at each grade level.

Read more and download samples on our previous post, 8 Steps to Teaching Mathematical Practices.

Take a more in-depth look at how we've woven these Practices into the tasks and activities students will complete throughout the year when using Excel Math.

Download our correlations and view samples of our new Common Core Teacher Editions.

Excel Math lessons help students develop a growth mindset as they learn math with our unique CheckAnswer system—a natural feedback loop.

Excel Math has been effectively used in GATE classes as well as for remedial programs (both as a supplement and in a core position) for years.

Excel Math lessons give teachers the resources they need to help every child succeed and achieve (at high levels) in elementary mathematics.

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Some schools recommend that parents purchase this Intersession program for their students to bridge the achievement gap over the summer break.

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