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Why Engage NY?

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Nicole Edwards

on 21 August 2014

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Transcript of Why Engage NY?

For the visual learners:
Expectations of CCSS?
Great mathematics content
Meaningful assessment
Data-driven instruction
Exciting, learning-friendly classroom experiences
Engage NY meets these expectations by approaching Math through a "Story of Units"

What is "
A

Story of Units?"
"A Story of Units"
interweaves all of the CCSS expectations into a sequenced and comprehensive educational program
Teaching Math as a
story
....hence the name: "A Story of Units"
and I quote..."The curricular design for
A Story of Units
is based on the principle that mathematics is most effectively taught as a logical, engaging story"
Curriculum Maps
Common Core Approach to Assessment
EngageNY offers multiple opportunities to assess students level of mastery both formally and informally.
Lesson Structure
4 Components to Ensure Instructional Rigor
Fluency Practice
Concept Development
Application Problems
Student Debrief
Differentiating Instruction
EngageNY believes that: "accommodations cannot be just an extra set of resources for a particular student; instead, scaffolding must be folded into the curriculum in such a way that it is part of its very DNA."
Specific resources in the curriculum highlight strategies that provide critical access for all students:
Scaffolds for English Language Learners
Scaffolds for Students with Disabilities
Scaffolds for Students Preforming Below Grade Level
Scaffolds for Students Preforming Above Grade Level
Individual lessons contain marginal notes to teachers that highlight specific UDL information about scaffolds that can be implemented during that portion of the lesson.
Why Engage NY?
Explains the creation and relationship of each unit (how they build upon each other like building blocks)

Provides meaningful assessment
Teacher Benefits= easy to identify student misconceptions of the content Student Benefits= assessments promote self-monitoring and self-improvement

The teacher that use to say, "
I
taught the standard to my students and I
hope
they understand it," can now say "
My students and I collaborated
on that standard until they understood it. Here, let
them
show you how they've mastered it."

Engaging lesson structure that helps teachers lead students through fast-paced practice, encourage perseverance, and foster thoughtful development of understanding.
The key to EngageNY's curriculum is that it's focus is to engage students in a mathematical story

Lets compare curriculum's:
U.S. Textbooks:
prioritize teaching procedures and employ a spiraling approach; meaning topics are partially taught and then returned to-sometimes years later-with the unrealistic expectation that students will somehow connect the dots

EngageNY:
Curriculum moves in sequential order similar to a story.

1) Introduction and review of the foundational concepts (character and setting)
2) Students learn new concepts that build upon prior knowledge (themes, plot, conflict)
3) Students practice and apply newly learned concepts (climax)
4) Students demonstrate mastery of concept through assessment (solution)

For example: At the elementary level, the story's
main character
is the basic building block of arithmetic, or the unit.
Themes
like measurement, place value, and fractions run throughout the storyline and each is given the amount of time proportionate to its role in the overall story. The story
climaxes
when students learn to add, subtract, multiply, divide fractions, and solve multi-step word problems with multiplicative and additive comparisons.

In order to follow sequential order,
each grade level begins
where the
previous grade left off
which can be thought of as a book series; Volume 1= Kindergarten Volume 2= 1st Grade Volume 3= 2nd Grade Grade Volume 4= 3rd Grade

Daily Assessments:
Problem Sets: these are geared towards concept development and can be done independently or with teacher guidance
Exit Ticket: quick assessments containing specific question about what was learned that day
(Two-fold purpose to exit tickets: hold students individually accountable for the work they have done and to provide immediate feedback to the teacher of both weaknesses and strengths which is vitally important for planning purposes and to guide instruction.
Mid-Module Assessment:
Specifically tailored to address the first half of the student learning outcomes for that module.

End-of-Module-Assessment:
Designed based on the standards identified in the module in order to assess the students' full range of understanding.
Year Long Overview (All Grades & Individual Grades)



Mathematical Practices
Mathematical Practice's describe varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students.
EngageNY identifies where these 8 practices' should be discussed throughout the lesson.
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