Background from OER Project Review Team
The textbook materials from the Utah Middle School Math Project were created in response to the Math Materials Access Improvement solicitation issued by the Utah State Office of Education in June of 2012. The materials are a collaborative work with contributors from University of Utah, Utah State University, Snow College, and Weber State College; Jordan, Granite, Davis and Salt Lake City School districts; and many teachers throughout Utah.
This curriculum is very well developed and you can tell that they had the common core in mind when writing it. There is a very clear progression of ideas throughout the curriculum from chapter to chapter. Great mix of types of problems that get more complex and use a variety of skills. Material is easily accessed.
If assessments were created for the curriculum, this curriculum could be used by any level of teacher who can write their own lesson plan.
The only assessments are self-assessments in the student workbook.
There are no concessions for ELL or differentiation listed in the curriculum.
Develop formal assessments that go with the curriculum and make them available to teachers.
Add supports for ELL and differentiation.
Teacher materials are great with explanation! They state exactly what students should learn in regards to the topic and why students need to master something for the next grade level. Answer keys to the practice are detailed.
This resource would be good for a beginning teacher learning student deficiencies. The experienced teacher could also use the materials to assist in the learning process.
The only assessment is self-assessment.
Materials based on average student and do not include anything for low or high preforming achievers.
Include multiple opportunities to assess student learning.
Include more for lower achieving and higher achieving students.
This would be a good resource for a class of students that did not have a varying degree of abilities. There is quite a bit of support for teachers in terms of explanations and suggestions for instruction, so even an inexperienced teacher would find the lessons fairly straight forward.
There were no summative assessments.
There was little if any material to offer support to ELL or below grade level students. Also little opportunity for the more advanced student to learn at a deeper level.
addition of mid-unit and end-of-unit assessments.
addition of materials to support a more broad range of learners.
Student materials are presented with a variety of models and representations. Overall, very well organized and written.