“Core” Ideas to Follow

When looking for math activities, information, or new ideas  I have a few “core” people I follow.

Here is the short list:

Bill McCallum:  http://commoncoretools.me/author/wgmccallum/

Donna Boucher:  http://mathcoachscorner.blogspot.com/

Dan Meyer:  http://blog.mrmeyer.com/

Marilyn Burns:  Math Solutions

Jennifer Bay Williams: Pearson

The “core” publications I turn to are:

Carpenter’s Work:      Children’s Mathematics:  Cognitively Guided Instruction

Thinking Mathematically:  Integrating Arithmetic and Algebra in the Elementary School

Levi & Empson:         Extending Children’s Mathematics:Fractions and Decimals:Innovations in CGI

Van de Walle Series:  Elementary and Middle School Mathematics:  Teaching Developmentally

Teaching Student Centered Mathematics: Developmentally Apporpriate Instruction for Pre-K-2

Teaching Student Centered Mathematics:  Developmentally Apporpriate Instruction for Grades 3-5,

Teaching Student Centered Mathematics:  Developmentally Apporpriate Instruction for Grades 6-8

Parrish:  Number Talks:  Helping Children Build Mental Math and Computation Strategies

NCTM’s Series:  Developing Essential Understandings (all grades)

The “Core” Sites and Resources I commonly refer to are:

Arizona Progressions

K-8 Flipbooks

Georgia Frameworks K-5

Georgia Frameworks 6-8

Illustrative Mathematics

Math Solutions

This list is by no means exhaustive but if you are looking for quality math materials aligned to the “Core”, it is a good place to start.


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