The idea of doing “real world” problems in math class is not a new one. But, as this post from an excellent math blog (with a great name) explains, maybe the shift to the Common Core will help make this idea more of a reality, instead of just something teachers say they want to do.
At All Things Common Core, they have taken a tour of the 8 standards of mathematical practice that are embedded within the CCSS. This post details #8, but has links to the other 7. They’re thoughtful, practical, and worth checking out.
This post gives a great overview of the shifts that are expected from the CCSS. Paying attention to these as you move forward will be critical. For us, a big shift will be the elementary level expectations of a balance between literary and informational text.
I appreciate the critical analysis Dr. Fryer provides in this article. There is so much to think about when it comes to the Core. Blind buy-in won’t work, nor will vehement opposition. Let’s look at all sides and move forward in a way that best suits students. Dr. Fryer is correct, this should NOT include huge emphasis on high stakes testing.
It’s important to consider all viewpoints when looking at the CCSS. This article takes a critical look at the fact that, according to one survey, so many teachers feel “prepared,” while other surveys indicate otherwise.
Twitter can be a great resource for educators working on the Common Core. This article reviews a recent #teaching2030 chat (an awesome chat to follow). The topic was the CCSS. Using social media to connect and collaborate as we move forward toward full implementation is a great idea. Please follow and use the #CCchat hashtag for even more Common Core resources.
I learned about this site from Eric Sheninger’s blog, A Principal’s Reflections. It allows you to search Facing the Future’s resources by Common Core State Standards. Great potential here when it comes to integrating global education into the Common Core.