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Monday, September 10, 2012

Top 10 Reasons to Use Excel Math as a Companion to Technology

Here are the top 10 reasons to use Excel Math as a powerful companion to the technology in your math classroom.

TOP 10 REASONS 
YOUR STUDENTS WILL THANK YOU FOR USING EXCEL MATH

1. Excel Math lessons go deeper. 
Excel Math lessons are much more than just worksheets. Our lessons present concepts in a more complete and complex manner so students learn higher-order thinking skills. See a lesson sample.

2. Your lessons will have increased rigor. 
With the Excel Math True Spiraling of concepts, lessons move smoothly from one to the next, gradually building on existing layers. Each Lesson Sheet is made up of problems that incorporate review along with introduction of new skills. Students are continuously challenged with new material, yet given the chance to master previous concepts.

3. Students have a built-in feedback loop. 
Our CheckAnswer system lets students correct their own work. Feedback is immediate. Students demonstrate understanding and mastery of math concepts as they build proficiency. Using strategically placed spaced repetition, Excel Math gives you a proven approach to teaching math concepts that stick for the long term. 

4. There's no busy work. 
Student Lesson Sheets eliminate the need for students to copy problems out of a book, but they give space for students to show their work. Since this is not an online curriculum, no keyboarding skills are necessary. The unique page layout makes Excel Math especially adaptable for resource students and students with special needs. Increased rigor and flexible lessons make it equally appropriate for GATE and advanced classes.

5. Your lessons will combine math with literacy. 
Create A Problem exercises on the back of test pages along with word problems and stretches combine math with literacy and help students develop higher-order thinking skills.

6. You’ll interact more with your students. 
Guided Practice after the daily lesson lets teachers help students individually while other students work independently. Activities and manipulatives in the Teacher’s Edition provide hands-on learning and problem based learning opportunities. 

7. You can use technology you already have in your math classroom.
Projectable Lessons provide slides for 155 lessons on CD so you and your students can focus together on the concepts for the day using a white board, overhead document projector, interactive white board, or simply a wall or screen. 
Use these slides with your student response system (clickers) for class challenges. Online Timed Basic Fact Practice give students a fun way to practice math facts on their computers. (Or, if your students don't have computers, use the Basic Fact Practice included in the Excel Math Student Lesson Sheets and on the Projectable Lessons.)

8. You’ll have built-in tools for assessment. 
Homework is included on 4 out of 5 lessons and you get weekly quizzes, quarterly tests, and end-of-year tests. Your Teacher’s Edition shows when tested concepts were initially taught so you can see at a glance where your students need more help and where they’ve achieved mastery.

9. Your test scores will go up. 
Schools across the country report consistently improved test scores when they use Excel Math. Our unique Spiraling Process (see illustration below) and regular assessment ensures concepts are mastered and retained for the long term. (See the testimony below.)

10. You’ll save money! 
Excel Math Student Classroom Sets cost just $11.00 per student (Individual Padded Student Sets are only $19.00 each). Excel Math is a proven approach to teaching elementary math! Learn more.


For ideas on using technology in your math classroom plus links to a variety of websites and blogs, visit our previous post: http://excelmathmike.blogspot.com/2012/07/math-20the-intersection-of-math.html.


Excel Math's Unique Spiraling Strategy
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Here's what teachers are saying about Excel Math:


"I just had to call you! We used your curriculum for the last two years and our scores were phenomenal. Would you believe, this year both 4th and 5th grade got 100%! The parents love it because it's consistent. It's just an awesome program and very teacher friendly. So, hip . . . hip . . . hooray!"
— Marilyn, 4th Grade Teacher in Utopia, Texas

"We are using Excel Math in the primary grades. We love it! By using it across grade levels, it allows us to differentiate by grouping out students according to their ability, not just their grade. It also allows us to keep the higher students challenged and grade level students right on track while allowing plenty of review for the lower students. Excel Math is an excellent program for any school."
— Risa, 2nd Grade Teacher in Aptos, California

Excel Math is extremely teacher friendly and is fully correlated to Common Core (CCS) and State StandardsRead more from teachers here. We love teachers and we love serving you! Any time you call, we’re happy to hear from you. We’re willing to do whatever we can to make your experience with Excel Math a pleasure. Visit our Excel Math website at excelmath.com for lots of math resources including a Quick Start Guide to help you start using Excel Math in your classroom today.