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Teachers in Catawba County Schools have a new way to teach math this school year.
The school system will implement a new conceptually based math program for students in kindergarten through fifth grade.
The new programs, Math Expressions and Math Connects, center around conceptual teaching instead of learning only math algorithms.
“It’s based on the way children learn,” said Leslie Barnette, CCS elementary education director. “It’s going to help them make connections with what they already know.”
A new subject program is adopted every five years, and this was the year for a math adoption. Catawba County elementary schools implemented two math programs, which are certified by the National Science Foundation.