Friday, February 28, 2014

Engage NY - Devil's Advocate

Engage NY Math is quickly becoming a hot topic across the country. NY Department of Education developed curriculum to support Common Core and published it online for free. Our district has adopted the math portion. I would like to play devil's advocate and see what everyone thinks about Engage.

Pros:
~It is free online
~It dives deep into numbers, both composing and decomposing and makes our kiddos think differently

Cons:
~It is only available online which means everything must be printed, no materials can be purchased pre-made
~ Each lesson is an hour long of direct instruction
~ The first grade lessons include a lot of papers, typically three double sided pages each day if you do the homework

Questions:
~ Does it say anywhere that it is research based?
~ Why hasn't a publishing company picked it up?

Post your thoughts in the comments.

3 comments:

  1. Our Kinder team saw it at the end of last year, thought it was fabulous and decided to use it at the beginning of this year. We started it, but it was huge amounts of prep ahead of time and lots of worksheets that weren't that great. After about 1 week, I stopped using it because it was just too much prep for each lesson.

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  2. I'm curious to see opinions on this as well. Our district is looking at the Georgia Math, which is similar to the NY Math. The teachers are very concerned about all of the info. being online, having to dig for info., having to print worksheets, etc. We have worked so hard to make supplemental materials for the Common Core. I can't imagine the amount of prep this would be!

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  3. EngageNY modules can be found at this site: http://greatminds.net/maps/math/home

    They have bundled Student pages into two different sets.

    They also offer print copies for purchase.

    I am personally excited to try it.

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