Math Success Team

December 5, 1005 Meeting

Members Present: Murray,
Mercer, Lampe, Christiansen, Curtis, Clancey, Worsham, J Robertson, Jones, Stuber

Member excused: Karcher

Meeting convened at 1:00 p.m. Agenda reviewed by Mr. Curtis

Mr. Curtis has been unable to get math data sub-sets from
the state but will work with Mrs. Heiss to get the refined information he needs
for HS and MS.

Mr. Curtis distributed web site addresses for math
resources: REAL, Math Instructor, and
Data Driven Decision Making.

Mr. Curtis also announced that Jerry Tindal
(UO Professor,

The team then went by building to get a sense of “where we
are.” EL noted a desire to see some
best-practices literature, that no specific math strands stand out as poor,
that the K-5 program would benefit from a common language (text series), that
each grade level seems to have different ideas on what they want for curriculum
material, that from the 3^{rd} grade on the math performance seems to
“dive,” and that retention was a major issue.
HS noted weaknesses in probability and statistics strands, and will re-look
their curriculum for more emphasis on probability. MS is seeing some improvement in some areas
and credits Accelerated Math as being beneficial, and
their strategy of providing the first 5 minutes of class on basic skills is a
retention benefit. MS wants to make a
bigger push to get students into general math to prepare them for pre- or
algebra, they want to spend more time with word problems to help students
decode the problem and set up the calculations (many students can work the
calculations but cannot frame the math problem from the prose), the want to
explore more practical applications of math, and they note that probability and
statistics strands are low. It was a
revelation for the HS that prior to the scope/sequence 4 years ago some MS math
teachers did not teach fractions.

The team discussed the concept of bringing math users into
the classroom for practical demonstrations and also field trip possibilities,
i.e. to a Corps of Engineers dam.

Next Meeting. Mr. Curtis is going to research for trends in
best practices and case specific research on retention. Mr. Curtis will present a Private Universe
lesson/demonstration to familiarize the group with the strategy. Mr. Curtis will attempt to get the research
he wants for HS MS from ODE, will bring a couple teacher-to-teacher resources.
Homework assignment was made for Private Universe exercise.

Next meeting: January
20, 2006 at 1:00 p.m.

Adjourn at 3:00 Total
contact time 2 hours