It’s a Friday evening and I have just drifted off into the loveliest dream. I am the young and beautiful Julie Andrews falling for the dashing Christopher Plummer on the movie set of my favorite musical, “The Sound of Music”. Things are progressing right on cue. I have sung the opening theme song, met the Captain with his “ridiculous” whistle, set on the infamous pinecone, cut up the curtains to make playclothes, and then “Up in the nursery, an absurd little bird, is calling out to say “You’re” cuckoo, cuckoo….”
And we’re back! I’m Renee’ Smith again and I have a blogpost due in three hours. With the remnants of the dream still clinging to my consciousness, I decide to share “a few of my favorite things” for common core math.
Resources that I recommend for teacher training for common core:
Children’s Mathematics: Cognitively Guided Instruction – Carpenter, Fennema, Franke, Levi, and Empson
Extending Children’s Mathematics Fractions and Decimals: Innovations in Cognitively Guided Instruction – Empson and Levi
Elementary and Middle School Mathematics: Teaching Developmentally – John A. Van de Walle
Thinking Mathematically: Integrating Arithmetic and Algebra in Elementary School – Carpenter, Franke, and Levi
Virtually anything published by Math Solutions – Marilyn Burns
Resources that contain activities that support common core.
Teaching Student Centered Mathematics: Professional Mathematics Series K-3, 3-5, 5-8 – Van de Walle and Lovin
Investigations, Tasks, and Rubrics to Teach and Assess Math, Grades 1–6 – Lilburn and Ciurak
I’m sure there are other resources that address the common core but for now, these are my favorites. I feel my eyes beginning to sag and I’m starting to drift back to….”Girls in white dresses with blue satin sashes, snowflakes that stay on my nose and eyelashes, silver white winters that melt into springs, these are a few of my favorite things.”