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The Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core

The Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Game-based learning is a topic we have revisited numerous times on EmergingEdTech. The implications it has on student engagement and learning are powerful and cannot be overstated. If you have not already experimented with game-based learning with your class, make 2015 the year you do!

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I haven't personally given this a test drive yet, but apparently several teachers and students like it!

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25 Common Core-Aligned Math Apps for Middle School Students

25 Common Core-Aligned Math Apps for Middle School Students | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Not all educational apps are created equal. Some are more fun than others. Some are more pedagogically sound than others. And some are better for certain age groups than others.

 

In the App Store, it is difficult to find out which apps are best for a particular age group, like, say, middle school students. Fortunately, technologists like South Carolina math and engineering teacher Chris Beyerle actively curate collections of apps. Here is his collection of math apps that are appropriate for middle school students. They all fit within the Common Core Standards of Mathematical Practices as well.

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I think this is beneficial in really having an impact on raising the math academic levels in the school system.  Having an app on the phone allows the students to practice math skills related to what their learning in school in route to do even better in school.  The way technology devices are used these days, it is just another bonus to help facilitate learning outside the hours of school. 

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Are American class periods too short for Common Core? - The Hechinger Report

Are American class periods too short for Common Core? - The Hechinger Report | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

As districts across the country implement Common Core, educators – such as these in Elverson, Pennsylvania, Calistoga, California, and Wilmington, Delaware – are calling for a restructuring of the school day so that students spend more time in each class. Instead of the typical class period of about 45 minutes, schools are lengthening classes to upwards of 90 minutes to cover all the material and allow teachers to change the way they teach to meet the new requirements.

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What Common Core Looks Like In A Second Grade Classroom

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The Common Core State Standards in reading and math have generated lots of attention and controversy, but what do they look and sound like in a classroom? Michigan Radio's Sarah Alvarez offers a peek at the standards at work in a second grade math class.
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Common Core confusion: It’s a math, math world | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Common Core confusion: It’s a math, math world | The Thomas B. Fordham Institute | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Here’s a puzzler: Why are the Common Core math standards accused of fostering “fuzzy math” when their drafters and admirers insist that they emphasize basic math, reward precision, and demand fluency? Why are CC-aligned curricula causing confusion and frustration among parents, teachers, and students? Is this another instance of “maximum feasible misunderstanding,” as textbook publishers and educators misinterpret the standards in ways that undermine their intent (but perhaps match the interpreters’ predilections)?  Or are the Common Core standards themselves to blame?
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The Common Core Sanity Check of the Day: Estimation Is Not a Fuzzy Math Skill : Education Next

The Common Core Sanity Check of the Day: Estimation Is Not a Fuzzy Math Skill : Education Next | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Oops, he did it again. Eric Owens, the infamous Daily Caller “reporter” who has never seen a silly math problem he wasn’t willing to ascribe to the Common Core (the truth be damned!), has published yet another howler deploring a math problem purportedly of Common Core lineage. But this time he trades his trademark dishonesty for mathematical ignorance.

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SFUSD is using a better way to teach math

SFUSD is using a better way to teach math | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

No one can argue with the fact that our world is rapidly changing. A kindergarten student today will need job skills that we can’t even conceive, but we’re working on it.

 

What we teach and how we teach is evolving to keep pace with the expectations our future graduates will face.

 

The way we have been teaching math isn’t working, not just in the San Francisco Unified School District but across the nation, as is evidenced in international tests of math achievement.

 

But here’s the really big shift: When it comes to education, rigor actually means depth of understanding. In fact, this is how we are now looking at all aspects of how we teach students.


So now, as we move into the Common Core State Standards in math (CCSS-M) we’ll see dramatically increased rigor and alignment in K–12 mathematics.

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K–5 Elaborations of the Practice Standards

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Illustrative Mathematics, with the assistance of Mary Knuck, Deborah Schifter, and Susan Jo Russell, has been working on developing grade band elaborations of the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Here is a draft of the K–5 document.


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Great guidance provided from smart professional!

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Using creativity to meet rising standards, teachers find ways to put fun in learning - The Buffalo News

Using creativity to meet rising standards, teachers find ways to put fun in learning  - The Buffalo News | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
“Coach” Karli Sullivan calls out orders to her players, directing the moves they should make in the next round of competition.Their goal: to earn more points than their rivals and advance to the next round of the tournament.And what do they get for the win? A ȁ... - The Buffalo News
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Paying Attention to What Kids Do: The Common Core State Standards

Paying Attention to What Kids Do: The Common Core State Standards | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
The United States is poised on the verge of momentous change. The new Common Core Standards may be thought of as just another list of mathematics content areas, but they are much more than this. For the first time teachers are being asked to pay attention not only to what students know, but to what they do.
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Achievethecore.org :: Shifts Mathematics

Achievethecore.org :: Shifts Mathematics | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The Standards call for a greater focus in mathematics. Rather than racing to cover topics in a mile-wide, inch-deep curriculum, the Standards require us to significantly narrow and deepen the way time and energy is spent in the math classroom. We focus deeply on the major work of each grade so that students can gain strong foundations: solid conceptual understanding, a high degree of procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to apply the math they know to solve problems inside and outside the math classroom.

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Does the Common Core say 3 times 4 is 11?

Does the Common Core say 3 times 4 is 11? | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
Do the Common Core State Standards really tell you to teach 3 times 4 is 11? Or is there more to the hype?
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Although most of my study and interest focuses on K-12 ELA Common Core, this article was too good to pass up.


Why do I like it? Because the teacher took the time to determine where the misconception, misunderstanding, or in this case, the miscount took place.  Time consuming, yes, but the way we teach students to THINK, not just memorize


And when I read the comment on the bottom, I just HAD to scoop the article. Really? Common core substituting classic literature with statist propaganda? I think that concern has been met head on several times. 

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Engaging All Students In Common Core Math

Engaging All Students In Common Core Math | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
In this video series, see four teachers who are committed to making sure all of their students succeed in high school math. This includes their Special Education students.
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Who was behind the Common Core math standards, and will they survive? - The Hechinger Report

Who was behind the Common Core math standards, and will they survive? - The Hechinger Report | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

NEW YORK – Every Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Jason Zimba begins a math tutoring session for his two young daughters with the same ritual. His youngest, Claire, 4, draws on a worksheet while his oldest, Abigail, 7, pulls math problems written on strips of paper out of an old Kleenex box, decorated like a piggy bank with a pink snout on one end and a curly-cue tail on the other, and adds the numbers as fast as she can. If she gets the answer “lickety-split,” as her dad says, she can check them off. If she doesn’t, the problem goes back in the box, to try the following week.

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CCSS Math: Core Truths

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Diane Bars, President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), addresses the common misconceptions surrounding mathematics in the Common Core and dispels two myths.

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Khan Academy

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Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more. Khan Academy is a nonprofit with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.
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Math, Science and ELA intersections in the CCSS Classroom

Math, Science and ELA intersections in the CCSS Classroom | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

Relationships and convergences among the mathematics, science, and ELA practices

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What does effective mathematics teaching look like? | The Reflective Educator

What does effective mathematics teaching look like? | The Reflective Educator | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

The definition of what effective mathematics teaching looks like very much depends on what purpose we assign to teaching mathematics. A classroom where the primary objective is to teach students a specific set of mathematical skills for them to use later will look much different than a classroom where the primary objective is to teach students how to think mathematically, although there is obviously overlap between those two classrooms. For a good description of the type of classroom which achieves the first goal but fails at the second goal, see When Good Teaching Leads to Bad Results by Alan Schoenfeld.

 

I will describe a classroom where the primary purpose of the classroom is to encourage mathematical reasoning, with a secondary benefit of students practicing mathematics skills they have developed.

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Common Core in Action: Screencasting in the Fourth Grade Math Classroom

Common Core in Action: Screencasting in the Fourth Grade Math Classroom | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

When it comes to solving word problems in the math classroom, children should be able to explain their thinking. This includes identifying the strategies they used and the thought process behind their decisions. Students should use grade-appropriate math vocabulary and models that demonstrate the steps they took to solve a problem. In this post, we're going to take a look at howscreencasting can be used in a fourth grade classroom to meet a Common Core State Standard while addressing a 21st century skill: communicate clearly.

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Thinking about the thinking... I like it!

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Interview with Bill McCallum, lead writer of Math Common Core

Interview with Bill McCallum, lead writer of Math Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

This is an interview I had on 2/4/2014 with Bill McCallum, who is a University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and member of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Arizona. Bill also led the Work Team which recently wrote the Mathematics Common Core State Standards, and was graciously willing to let me interview him on that.

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I wonder if these folks ever get tired of being asked the same questions (and giving the same answers). Isn't anyone listening out there?

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Montana Presidential Award-winning teachers support Common Core

Montana Presidential Award-winning teachers support Common Core | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

We are a group of Montana educators who are leaders in the improvement of math and science education. We have all had the honor of receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching – the nation’s highest award for math and science teaching.

 

We are committed to seeing our students succeed at the highest level. Collectively, we support Montana’s Common Core State Standards. We strongly believe in the Common Core State Standards and their promise for all students. We have signed this letter because we believe the Common Core State Standards are worthy of our students and worthy of our support.

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Directors of local school systems back Common Core push

Directors of local school systems back Common Core push | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it

“It took me awhile to get here,” said RCS Director Don Odom. “I am for continuing with the standards because they’re rigorous, and we’ve seen results from what we’ve implemented. What really pushed me to this decision is that when we really started teaching Common Core in math, we saw an incredible increase in student achievement.”

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How implementing Common Core State Standards has changed my classroom

How implementing Common Core State Standards has changed my classroom | CCSS News Curated by Core2Class | Scoop.it
by Cicely Woodard, 8th grade math & Honors Algebra I teacher at Rose Park Middle Magnet Since implementing Common Core State Standards in my middle school mathematics classroom, my role as teac...
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