Tag: Common Core State Standards

Is Faster Really Better?

“It’s not complicated, faster is better!”  If you believe the AT&T commercials faster is always better and for years we have taught math using that same theory!  We taught procedures and gave daily timed math facts tests to ensure students

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Calculators or No Calculators: That is the Question

I was recently contacted by an instructional coach from a school district where I work regularly.  She and her teachers were working on math units aligned to common core.  They were trying to determine whether students should be allowed to

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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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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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A Whole New Look

or teachers who are proficient at navigating their current state standards, the Common Core Standards may have a completely different look.  In the area of mathematics, the content of the document is divided into domains, clusters, and standards. Domains are

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Tidbits from NCSM

Last week I attended a meeting of the Kansas State Mathematics Leaders.  A good portion of our day was spent discussing the common core state standards and what is known about the future mathematics assessment.  Several of the members had

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What’s Behind the Common Core Math Standards

The release of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is a milestone in the standards movement that began more than 20 years ago when the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) published Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School. NCTM,

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Where Do We Begin?

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~Lao-tzu Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC) With every new task we undertake, there is the question of where to begin. Sometimes the first step is obvious and

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Focus on Fractions

The Common Core Standards for Mathematics, have focused on fractions, and for good reason.  In its comprehensive report on the state of math education in America, the National Math Panel said understanding fractions is “the most important foundational skill NOT

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