New Way to Teach Math Adopted

February 1, 2006

An article in the Washington Post this week points to data that student math scores on Virginia state exams are improving in one elementary school whereInvestigations in Number, Data, and Space was implemented last academic year.

Neabsco Elementary School Principal Linda Texler is quoted as saying, "We've just been so used to teaching algorithms without any real explanation of why we do them in a certain way. But we get at more fundamental knowledge of math this way. We talk and we write about math. The kids love it. They're just not memorizing stuff."

The math department supervisor stated that Investigations "quickly became popular, making the traditional way to teach math seem dated and out-of-touch."

Find the full article at the Washington Post site.