I don’t evenknow if I have theener gy to writethis post. 🙂
Today I met with 2 of my colleagues to TRY and figure out the math common core standards. None of us have taught with them yet, and I’ve have never even taught math.
So the first thing we attempted to do was this little introduction activity that you can find at Achieve The Core. I would post the exact link, but I CAN’T FIND IT. I know-it surprises me too. 🙂
So here is what it looked like after we finished this activity.
We did it without looking at the standards-got about half right. 🙂 So there were 5 or 6 sets of colored cards (representing the strands)-we did THAT set and stopped!!
We then decided we would start reading the standards and discussing them. 4th and 6th grades because 2 of us will be in 6th and 1 in 4th.
Can we say RIDICULOUS??? WHY did they write the #ccss in such a DIFFICULT way??
OK-I’ll get off my soapbox now! I did get my memory refreshed a lot with math skills that I haven’t used since elementary/high school. But some of the stuff we had never heard of. So I’ll be googling away….
Oh yeah, one more thing I don’t understand. The common core is supposed to allow us to teach fewer standards in a deeper way instead of just skimming the surface.
6th grade has 29 standards with 47 skills. 36 weeks in school. Do the math. 🙂
HOW does that allow us to teach deeper? And what about those students who don’t even have the prerequisite skills for THESE skills? Or the fact that there will be a known gap for a few years?
Oooops…there went that soapbox again. 🙂
It helped that we went and ate Mexican for lunch. Brain break. Research based.
AND this helped!
Here’s an example of a 6th grade math standards:
8. Write an inequality of the form × > c or × < c to represent a constraint or condition in a real-world or mathematical problem. Recognize that inequalities of the form × > c or × < c have infinitely many solutions; represent solutions of such inequalities on number line diagrams.
Whaaaat? I swear a curtain falls down when I try to read something like this and INTERPRET it. Maybe I need a #ccss translator. Wait-strike the “maybe”. 🙂
With this being said, my next move is to dive into our textbook (that looks like a college textbook) and correlate the standards to the textbook content, create a pacing guide, and start WORKING OUT SOME PROBLEMS. 🙂
What are your thoughts on the Common Core Math Standards? Oh, you can’t think anymore since your brain is fried, too? Do I detect smoke? 🙂