By Christina Hank
A few months ago I was invited by Student Achievement Partners (achievethecore.org) to become a “Common Core Advocate” with 100 other educators across the nation.
3 Math Shifts
1. Focus: Focus strongly where the standards focus
- This is the HUGE shift–the Biggie!!!! You have to get this one first
- Tradition has been that K-12 would focus on all four areas: Numbers and Ops, Measurement and Geo, Alg and Functions, Stats and Probability
- Must change "coverage mentality"
2. Coherence: Think across grades, and link to major topics
- The idea that you’re connecting the learning from this year to the learning from prior years.
- You are always working on the major work of the grade even when you are getting into specifics.
3. Rigor: In major topics, pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application.
- The CCSS aren’t about always getting the right answer, it’s about understanding the processes
- The fact that you know your multiplication facts is great, but you need to understand what they mean and why we have them.
- Misconception: “Rigor means physically more difficult or harder”; some people think that each standards requires and equal amount of rigor.
- Fluency in math means you can do it accurately and quickly. Fluency increases in level K-12. It doesn’t matter how you do it or how you get to the answer, but you can do it.
- Mathematical practices–in addition to the content standards, there are mathematical practices.