At our high school, we currently have a 9th and 10th grade math sequence for challenged students which covers the entirety of the algebra 1 curriculum in 2 years. This has some drawbacks, and we are considering modifications to this 2-year sequence for these students.
We'd like to investigate programs / resources that cover multiple "strands" (for example algebra, geometry, number sense, data analysis, probability) over the 2 years. But we are not sure that a true "integrated" program is the answer. "Integrated" math programs sometimes means multi-strand investigations. We may be interested in a more sequential coverage of the strands.
I notice that Glencoe has a product called MathMatters. It is classified as an "integrated math" curriculum, but the table of contents indicates sequential coverage of strands such as Data Graphs / Measurements / Geometry / Equations / etc.
Anyone have any feedback on this set of resources? Or, does anyone know of a different product that is similar?
I don't have a comment on the Glenco curriculum, but I have been working with a teacher who has been doing the same thing with challenged students. He is now moving away from this model and bringing the students back into the regular algebra class because he has found that using a hands-on inquiry based algebra curriculum to be very beneficial to all students. All can learn together with this. The product he has piloted this year is CPM (College Preparatory Mathematics). Don't let the title throw you off. It is excellent! http://www.cpm.org/
He plans to use this curriculum for Algebra through Calculus next year if approved by the school board. The students have loved it and are understanding algebra much better. We hope the scores show this when they take the state tests.