A: Yes! Most teachers tend to teach the way they were taught. Adopting a different stance requires support, and the more types of support, the better. This curriculum offers support in a few ways. The teacher books for each unit list open-ended questions designed to keep the math on track. In the Lesson Commentary sections, Math Background helps teachers deepen their understanding of a concept. In addition, the Lesson in Action sections provide examples of student work with comments that illuminate the underlying mathematics.
The best support often comes from a colleague. If no one at your site is currently teaching EMPower, join the Adult Numeracy Network. Attend your regional NCTM conference. Look for others who are integrating NCTM principles and standards through the use of a curriculum such as Investigations through Number, Data and Space, Connected Mathematics, or Interactive Mathematics Programs