Year: 2012

10 Things Jordyn’s Math Teacher Needs to Know About CCSS

Two months ago, Jordyn Marie was born.  Nothing can match the joy of having a child, unless it is the birth of a grandchild.  If you ask me, she is pretty darn perfect, and as a devoted Nee’Nee’ (my name

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M4: Midwest Mathematics Meeting of the Minds

I recently attended the M4 Conference in Kansas City, where math leaders from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, and Iowa met to discuss the Common Core Standards for Mathematics.  I was privileged to hear from Matt Larson the keynote speaker from Lincoln,

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I Couldn’t Have Said it Better

Are You Prepared for the Common Core Standards?  This is the question posed in the latest edition of Education Week Teacher. I encourage you to read how five classroom teachers  from around the nation answered that question.  Their responses include

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Common Core Math Curriculum: How Do We Know It’s Aligned?

As more and more teachers become familiar with the common core math standards, the question that is beginning to crop up is,  “What curriculum (ie. textbook) is going to be aligned to the common core?”.  My standard response has been

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When the Stars Align

Yesterday, it was as though the stars aligned and things I have been working on for over twenty years converged and crystallized in my mind. Years ago when my children were young, I was the public speaking leader for their

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Sense Making

One of the reasons I am so passionate about basic math understanding is a beautiful 24 year old girl named Cameron.  She was a wonderful student, but in her final years of high school she struggled with math.  In a

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Deep Not Wide

For years, teachers have bemoaned the fact that they were forced to teach a mile wide and an inch deep.  The new Common Core State Standards for Mathematics are designed to reduce the number of concepts that will be taught

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New…and Improved? Assessments

When it comes to discussions of the common core, the conversation quickly turns to the question uppermost in teachers’ minds,  “What will the new state assessment look like?”   The truth of the matter is, we aren’t sure yet. Initially, the

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