What textbooks are good for teaching the new CCSSM? Part 2
In this series of posts I am discussing the Top Ten Things to think about when buying a new programs to teach the CCSSM.
Number 4: How are the teaching and using of the 8 mathematical practices woven throughout the program? Does each unit of study cultivate the mathematical practices – meaning the “habits of mind and ways of being” of the students. In what ways is this explicitly addressed in each unit?
Number 5: In the new CCSSM, students are expected to read, write, listen and speak about math? Does each chapter provide specific opportunities for students to read and think about each other’s work? What about writing across the domains-are there specific structures set up for this? How is it scaffolded throughout the program? In every chapter are there multiple opportunities for students to explain and justify their mathematical thinking with numbers, words and pictures? Do the lessons give talking points to the students? How is discussion cultivated in the lessons?