FAQ about the Texas Math Solution
Misconception #1: The Texas Math Solution is not TEKS aligned.
The Texas Math Solution is fully TEKS aligned. However, it is important to note that our approach to the mathematics and the way in which students begin to understand the mathematical grade level concepts differ from more traditional mathematics curricula.
To better understand the story of the mathematics for each course that we offer, explore this article called, The Story of the Mathematics. This article provides a variety of documents to review to gain a better framework understanding to our approach to the mathematics, as well as course overview videos and a module by module walkthrough of the progress of the math. To further ensure that full TEKS coverage is provided by the TXMS, please reference the TEKS Dot Chart and note that an open circle in a lesson means that the standard is only partially covered in that particular lesson. When the circle becomes a closed (filled in) circle, the standard has been fully covered.
Misconception #2: The Texas Math Solution is a SCRIPTED curriculum
The Texas Math Solution is NOT a scripted curriculum. In the Teacher’s Implementation Guide there are sections labeled “Questions to ask”, it has been identified that some believe that these are part of the script of the curriculum and that all of these questions must be asked. This is incorrect. These questions are meant to guide your thought process and the thought process of your students. You, the Texas educator, know what questions you should ask to your class to move them forward in their learning. The key component to the Teacher’s Implementation Guide is to ensure that you are preparing the lesson in advance. With such robust facilitation notes, it is still necessary for you to be familiar with the math of the lesson, the flow of the lesson, and the purpose of the lesson.
You can learn more about our Lesson Internalization process here. This article will help you to better understand the pre-work that should go into your lesson preparation.
Misconception #3: The Texas Math Solution is too difficult for my students
At Carnegie Learning:
WE BELIEVE that quality math education is important for all students, to help them develop into creative problem solvers, critical thinkers, life-long learners and more capable adults.
WE BELIEVE that math education is about more than memorizing equations or performing on tests-it’s about delivering the deep conceptual learning that supports ongoing growth and figure development.
WE BELIEVE all students learn math best when teachers believe in them, expect them to participate, and encourage them to own their learning.
WE BELIEVE teachers are fundamental to student success and need powerful, flexible resources and supports to build dynamic cultures of collaborative learning.
WE BELIEVE our learning solutions and services can help accomplish this, and that by working together with educators and communities we serve, we guide the way to better math learning.
We know that if we can buy into student success and meet students where they are, we can still meet and deliver grade level mathematics in a logical way that will help all students.
Misconception #4: The Texas Math Solution goes beyond the grade level TEKS
The Texas Math Solution has undergone a rigorous review cycle and customization process with the Texas Education Agency to ensure that every book stays within the scope of the appropriate grade level TEKS. If a lesson should venture outside the scope of the TEKS, it is noted in the Scope & Sequence, Topic Pacing Guide, and at the beginning of the lesson and, those activities are optional.
To read more about the review cycle and our partnership with the TEA, please visit https://tea.texas.gov/academics/instructional-materials.
Misconception #5: MATHia days are hands off days for educators
MATHia is our adaptive virtual mathematics program and is what is intended when we refer to the “Learning Individually” days in our Scope & Sequences. While MATHia is a time for students to work on building up and solidifying their skills and understanding of the math. An engaged and productive MATHia classroom begins with an engaged educator. MATHia days are time for you to dig in and work in small groups or individually to reteach skills and standards that need to be addressed OR they allow you to pre-teach the upcoming lesson for students who would benefit from a pre-teach. You can read more about creating an engaged MATHia classroom here.