by Coy Holcombe.
If you have a child in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade, they may have told you about a new program that the district is trying in math. It is called Reasoning Mind. It is a computer based mathematics program. We are in the process of testing it now as a possibility for our 5th and/or 6th graders next year.
One of the strongest positives toward the program is that it individualizes lessons for students. Students work at their own pace and receive instruction based on how successful they are on the lessons. It is somewhat similar in its design and workings to the Read 180 program that we currently use in the Middle School and High School for students that are not on grade level in reading. Students not only receive instruction via computers, but also through small groups with their teacher. Teachers are also continually monitoring the students at the computers and are free to answer individual questions.
Another strong point is that if students have access to the Internet, they can work on their math lessons at anytime. As a parent of a 4th grade student, I have personally witnessed my daughter spending her Internet time working on math at home.
Of course, as with any technology based application, one area of concern is the dependence on the technology always being available for students. Internet outages will happen. Equipment will fail. As we are experimenting with the program now, we are also experimenting with the different technology configurations to make sure that the program works as well as possible.
Over the course of the next few weeks, we will be meeting and discussing about the use of Reasoning Mind for the 10-11 school year. I would certainly welcome any comments or feedback from parents. Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have comments, questions, or concerns about this program.
Baccalaureate services will be held tonight at the First Baptist Church in Eustace. The service starts at 7:00 PM.