Teachers in Detroit say students’ attitudes about math have changed dramatically since they implemented a 15-week program in which teachers pepper students with questions — allowing them to back up their answers — rather than giving them the solutions. The program is operated through the nonprofit Project SEED, which sends trained math specialists to teach high-level math in urban districts where students may be struggling with the subject. 

Look inside one Detroit elementary school classroom and see the unexpected: kids excited about math. It’s a squirm-in-your-seat kind of enthusiasm with students eager to raise their hands, stand at the chalkboard and solve problems with each other as they tackle equations.

Educators credit the sea change in attitude among youngsters to a 15-week intensive math program in Detroit Public Schools called Project SEED.

In this class, teachers don’t offer solutions to problems. Instead, they constantly question students to get them to think for themselves and explain their reasoning as part of their answer.

Project SEED is a national nonprofit company that sends specially trained mathematicians into urban classrooms — places where students typically are several grade levels behind in math comprehension — to teach high-level math.

From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130103/SCHOOLS/301030371#ixzz2H4lOdLKr

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