I agree with Brandon, that when you first attempt to sample a Dreambox lesson (many of them in fact) in isolation, it can be confusing at the very least. I initially dismissed Dreambox when I first researched RTI programs.

My district has been using it now for a few months, and I am the biggest supporter here. I am doing whatever I can to win over my colleagues because I agree with Tim, that it absolutely would continue to help build mathematical understanding (for adults as well as students).

There are often many layers to lessons that so many overburdened teachers don’t have the time to appreciate in the fleeting moments they have to give “yet another new thing”

I agree with Brandon that I would LOVE to see how Dreambox could implement the “solve a simpler problem” strategy. It was often the basis of how I taught math. Start with a vivid image of what you DO know deeply. (I have seen the program “backtrack” to a simpler problem, but not in an isolated lesson that returns to the exact problem that stalled the learner, validating the use of the strategy in more situations.)

My biggest concern is that for the “800 points of data” analysis, I have a hard time efficiently gathering or authentically using any specific data. There are absolutely a few things I hope to see added. It seems they have been quite responsive to our requests so far! Even with a few simple tweaks, the results could be more helpful.

Overall, I am extremely pleased with Dreambox! I have witnessed NUMEROUS MATHEMATICAL EPIPHANIES with students in my K-5 school!! ðŸ™‚ I hope I can convince everyone else in my district that this is a worthy adoption.

Kristine

]]>As far as NCTM, I just wanted to showcase what we were doing in class and the school itself. That’s the thing I think I miss the most – taking ideas from others and showcasing implementation.

And no worries about the old articles, I know you’re a stalker at heart. I’ll try to post something fresh after graduation.

]]>Didn’t know you spoke at NCTM. That’s awesome ðŸ™‚ How’d you land that?

Also, probably seems like I’m blog stalking. I just discovered Feedly so I have like 20 blogs all coming into one place and when nothing new comes up, I check out some folks old stuff ðŸ™‚

]]>Even though I got my cert. through Texas Teachers, I have the same thought when I see that billboard.

It’s been almost a year since this post. You’re almost done with the masters program! Enjoyed reading this and appreciated your candor.

]]>That’s a typo. The text I’m referring to is the textbook “Discovering Geometry” from Michael Serra. I think I had mentioned his work in a previous post. I was using the first edition of his work, but I think the 4th or 5th is out now. I got to take one of his workshops at last year NCTM summit and I can’t recommend it enough if you get the chance.

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