That most elementary teachers were not math majors or minors in college, were not trained in mathematics education but rather in common branches, and have weak mathematics skills, often surviving by keeping one chapter ahead, and by putting the onus on the teacher, CCSSI perpetuates the endless cycle of poor mathematics preparation. Secondary teachers are math specialists at least in terms of focusing on one topic, but the percentage of math teachers who are not only sufficiently prepared to teach math, but are also able to write the curriculum, is low enough that we are shooting ourselves in the foot to send this major responsibility back to the classroom level. Teachers don't necessarily want the flexibility that CCSSI brags it is empowering teachers with. Teachers, particularly in the elementary grades, want adequate guidance. We read blogs, too; we’re not missing the buzz.
Harvest, filter, deliver. Three words I never thought was one of the best options to building leadership for implementing the Common Core (CCSS). But now I'm sure of how this could be a game-changer. What if we studied our ...
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This is so amazing and exactly what teachers need to see in order to be encouraged, realize how simple it can be AND how much fun they can have. If this doesn't make you smile and scratch your head, I think you might need to see if you're still alive!!!!
Several of you expressed the wish to be more creative. There are many ways to be creative. This website only addresses a few. But maybe it's a start?
The Daily Creative is an exercise in the continual practice of spontaneous creativity through short exercises. Each “assignment” should take no more than 15-20 minutes. There are no registrations, no prizes, just a community of people producing art daily.
We encourage you to challenge yourself to create something new each day instead of pulling photos or videos that are already saved on your phone or computer. We’ve made the assignments short to motivate you to do this. Also think about trying several different approaches to each assignment if time permits. Often your first instinct might not always be your best work. Experimentation is key, and as always, the one hard and fast rule is MAKE ART DAMMIT!