I agree with needing to help elementary teachers with math content.
My district has tried to do that by hiring a math consultant for the past
five years. He runs a math mentor group which meets once a month in the
district and course for a week each summer. Many teachers are excited
about math. In the middle school we see a larger group of students that
are doing better in mathematics but we also see a larger group at the
other end and gap seems to be wider. I wonder why this is happening?
We are also moving to have more algebra in the 7th and 8th grade and
I am worried about this gap in abiltity levels.
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>You make a good point. We do need to pay more attention to the needs of
>our younger students in mathematics. One of my observations has to do
>the math content background of many elementary school teachers. It tends
>to be quite limited and therefore has a direct impact on the knowledge
>and instruction for young children.
>So, my thoughts are to work with elementary school teachers more closely
>around their mathematical background and giving them more professional
>development around mathematics.