I’m supposed to come up with a curriculum to address in school remediation1 for our low performing students.
I’m not even sure where to start with this.
These kids have already been through the classes once. I don’t think throwing the same stuff at them, with the same teachers, is going to improve them. Something needs to be different. At the same time, the curriculum also needs to focus on what they need to progress. A lot of that is going to be automaticity with simple math facts. I’m not even sure that the kids at this level will be ready for simple concepts like fractions or negative numbers. But, I believe there’s validity to both sides of the math wars – the constructivist aspects should probably also be addressed.
Then, along with this fog of being able to exactly nail down what I think should be addressed, any attempt to research this feels less like doing research, and more like subjecting myself to million dollar ad campaigns by people who’ve learned a bunch of buzzwords, but couldn’t teach their way out of paper bag. I can’t find decent advice on how to define their needs, much less on where to find a curriculum that will address them.
Finally, it needs to be something that’s idiot proof enough that any teacher with a rudimentary understanding of math can teach it, but that a skilled teacher won’t feel trapped into some cookbook hell.
I’m sure someone’s been through this before.
Does anyone have any advice?
1 “In school” as opposed to after school or weekend remediation, which we have difficulty getting the lowest performing kids to show up for.