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 information on the importance of the 8 Mathematical Practices; the importance of sequence, pace, and support resources; how critical teacher collaboration will be in the implementation of the standards; and how the standards encourage us to let go of the control, thereby creating student centered classrooms and independent learners.

I really couldn’t have said it any better!

Hi, I am Renee' Smith and I began teaching math in, of all places, a maximum security prison. “I was 21 years old and 99 lbs. soaking wet. Some of my students were convicted murderers and as scary as it sounds, it was incredibly sad. Many of those men had failed in the school system and then turned to crime.” That early experience with public school dropouts, cemented my resolve to help future students understand and succeed in the area of mathematics. To that end I dedicated 16 years to the classroom, teaching 5th grade math through algebra. After obtaining my Masters in Education from Baker University, I joined the ESSDACK team in 2007. I have presented at the local, state, and national levels but my most worthwhile experience at ESSDACK has been working to take the fear out of math for teachers and students alike. Although my primary focus has been providing professional development in mathematics, I also devote time to podcasting and creating materials for teachers to use in their classrooms. My podcasts include, By the Numbers, Just Desserts and Math Snacks. Working at ESSDACK has provided me the opportunity to do many of the things I love. “I have the time to research current educational practices, I get to be creative, collaborative, and I meet tons of new people."

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