Web-Based Russian Math Curriculum Shows Positive Results
A Web-based program modeled on a Russian math curriculum is showing positive results, especially among the economically disadvantaged schools and districts using it
George Tudor's 2nd graders sit quietly staring at white MacBooks at Mayo Elementary School here in Compton, a city in the geographic center of Los Angeles County with a history of high rates of poverty and crime.
One student works on double-digit addition and subtraction equations. Another tries to solve a math riddle. Another attempts to understand a word problem requiring basic division. An interactive blue "Genie" filters around the students' screens, guiding some through instructional lessons, others through step-by-step solutions to problems, and commending many on providing correct answers to questions.
All students transcribe notes from their screens into black-and-white composition notebooks, organized into categories titled “objective,” “definition,” “remember,” and “problems.” One girl excitedly runs to the front of the room to ring a bell. She met a class-set target number for answering correct problems in a...
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