MSMI: Building the Bridge to Algebra

      Why MSMI?

      We in the US are failing our students. We are failing to teach them elementary mathematics. 

      As a result, we are shutting off their ability to succeed in algebra and beyond. 

      Most elementary math textbooks in the US offer shallow, incoherent curricula filled with analogies and tricks rather than reasoning. They offer a glimpse at conceptual understanding, but deny students enough practice to achieve mastery. They contain procedural strategies without explanation. They contain labor-intensive discussions without defining mathematical terms.They fail to give students the knowledge of why a result is true. 

      MSMI exists to help teachers, schools, and parents ensure their students are prepared for algebra and beyond. We show how to teach your students that mathematics is a coherent, sequential set of truths that gives them the tools to reason. We show how to teach arithmetic, fractions, decimals, and pre-algebra in ways that makes sense, so students know that math is learnable with effort. We help educators increase their content knowledge and their confidence. We help schools adapt to changing standards and requirements. We help parents to know if their students have received the preparation they need for algebra and beyond.









      Math Q and A

      • We accept standards in sports...how about in quality math instruction? I have heard many parents and teachers echo the sentiment that standards, and using standards to choose a curriculum, is too restrictive. I've yet to meet a single person ...
        Posted Jul 29, 2013, 11:37 AM by allison coates
      • Math Puzzles for your Kids Just about everyone has now seen Sudoku, but there are another dozen similar and fun puzzles that teach even more math skills.  You can find many free versions of these ...
        Posted Jun 29, 2013, 8:54 PM by allison coates
      • Math Games to Play with Your Kids Summer is a time for fun, not necessarily a bunch of math worksheets. But you can increase mental math skills and practice number sense by playing games. Board Games ...
        Posted Jun 29, 2013, 8:33 PM by allison coates
      • What are "standards"? Are standards curricula? Q: Why do schools need standards? What are standards for? What do they have to do with curriculum?A: A set of standards is a *minimum set of requirements* that ...
        Posted Mar 28, 2013, 7:32 PM by allison coates
      • What's wrong with a spiral curriculum? Q: What's wrong with a spiral curriculum? Isn't distributed practice a good idea?A:  Nearly all US mathematics textbooks are incoherent. That is, they don't teach that ...
        Posted Mar 28, 2013, 7:30 PM by allison coates
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      Calendar of Events
      • Register now for What's So Great about Singapore Math? Saturday, October 12, 9 AM Register now for MSMI's October 12 talk, What's so Great about Singapore Math? 9:00 - 10:30 AM at Macalester College, Olin-Rice Science Center, St. Paul, MN ...
        Posted Oct 3, 2013, 9:58 PM by allison coates
      • Register now for Singapore's Primary Math strategies, October 26, November 9, and November 23 Register now for a 3-workshop event, Singapore’s Primary MathematicsThis is a 3 part series of workshops designed to introduce instructors and parents to the mathematical content and ...
        Posted Oct 3, 2013, 9:54 PM by allison coates
      • Register now for Saturday, September 7th MSMI talk What's So Great about Singapore Math, 9 - 11AM MSMI is pleased to presentWhat's So Great about Singapore Math?Saturday, September 7, 20139-11 AMRice Science Center, Room 350Macalester College,St. Paul, MNSingapore ...
        Posted Aug 30, 2013, 9:19 PM by allison coates
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