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The Reverting of Math; New Curriculum More Engaging For Students

Quinn Malisow, Senior Staff Writer

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  Wayzata is continuing the switch from the Integrated to the Core Connections math curriculum. Introduced and rolled out last year, the Core Connections curriculum introduced classes such as Algebra and Geometry to replace former classes such as Integrated Math 1 and 2. Core Connections provides consistency from middle school into the high school. The curriculum focuses on applying teaching strategies recommended by the The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics according to Curriculum and Instruction Director Shelly Nelson.
  “We’re trying to make the [new curriculum] accessible and more engaging for students,” said Nelson.
  One way the curriculum is making class time more engaging is with the use of study teams.
  “Study teams consists of groups of four students,” said math resource teacher Courtney LaRoche. “Each student has a own role within their group, which gives students a more hands-on approach to activities.”
  “Classes are also structured in a way where each lesson has a brief intro and problems are jumped into immediately,” said LaRoche
  “For every course taught, there is seven to eight days of training,” said Nelson. “During training, we work on teaching effective strategies, such as the use of study teams and how to encourage more questions in activities.”
  Homework has also changed under the new curriculum.
  “We have a ‘review and preview’ system,” said LaRoche. “Questions on homework include topics and concepts from previous units and lessons. We want to make sure students aren’t forgetting how to do certain problems because they all build upon one another.”
  Each student’s ebook contains homework help pieces to help students understand how to complete problems on the assignment according to LaRoche.

  “If kids get stuck they can look at a step by step guide in the Ebook.”
  For now, Wayzata is focused on continuing to grow the curriculum according to Nelson.
  “Last year we rolled out Algebra 1 in the first term and rolled out Geometry in the second term. This year we’re rolling out Algebra 2 in the first term and Pre-Calc in the second term.”
  Students who have started taking integrated mathematics courses, will finish taking them, leaving many unaffected. according to Nelson. Incoming freshmen will not be able to enroll in any integrated mathematics courses.

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