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The University of Arizona - Institute for Mathematics & Education The Common Core State Standards in mathematics were built on progressions: narrative documents describing the progression of a topic across a number of grade levels, informed both by research on children's cognitive development and by the logical structure of mathematics. These documents were spliced together and then sliced into grade level standards. From that point on the work focused on refining and revising the grade level standards. The early drafts of the progressions documents no longer correspond to the current state of the standards. It is important to produce up-to-date versions of the progressions documents. They can explain why standards are sequenced the way they are, point out cognitive difficulties and pedagogical solutions, and give more detail on particularly knotty areas of the mathematics.

Mathematics K-5 · CCGPS Mathematics Grades K-5 · CCGPS Mathematics Glossary Third grade teachers working on unit revisions at GaDOE (June 2013) Bill McCallum About Bill McCallum I was born in Australia and came to the United States to pursue a Ph. D. in mathematics at Harvard University, met my wife, and never went back. I am a professor at the University of Arizona, working in number theory and mathematics education.

Main Page Note: These links are grade specific to help students practice on explicit concept areas. As a teacher, you know that if a student doesn't understand a skill, they still will not know that skill, if students are placed on the computer to practice it. These skill practices are suggested to be used with adult or peer assistance until the student has a basic skill knowledge that can be improved with some extra practice. Teachers please review the website prior to working on it in class. Essential Strategies for Supporting Fraction Sense Interactive Support for the 10 Essential Strategies. Our fractions tools support the instructional strategies found in this innovative new book about teaching fractions. 10 Essential Strategies for Supporting Fraction Sense, Grades 3-5 Julie McNamara and Meghan M. Shaughnessy This excellent instructional resource with its 10 Essential Strategies offers a unique and insightful approach to helping teachers excel at teaching fractions. We have collaborated with Julie McNamara to support the strategies in the book with our dynamic software tools.

6 Free Common Core Resources for Teachers Always Prepped Blog The Common Core is here. Forty-Five states have officially adopted the Common Core Standards. These standards build upon the most advanced current thinking about preparing all students for success in college and their careers. These standards are meant to provide clarity and rigor. The Common Core Standards create collaboration across the states for curriculum and professional development. Most importantly, they create a fairer comparison of policies and achievement between states and districts.

The Five Strands of Mathematics (1) Conceptual understanding refers to the “integrated and functional grasp of mathematical ideas”, which “enables them [students] to learn new ideas by connecting those ideas to what they already know.” A few of the benefits of building conceptual understanding are that it supports retention, and prevents common errors. (2) Procedural fluency is defined as the skill in carrying out procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently, and appropriately. Problems of the Month Problem solving is the cornerstone of doing mathematics. A problem that you can’t solve in less than a day is usually a problem that is similar to one that you have solved before. But in real life, a problem is a situation that confronts you and you don’t have an idea of where to even start.

17 Free Tools for Creating Screen Capture Images and Videos When you're trying to teach people how to do something new on their computers having screencast videos or annotated screen capture images can be invaluable to you and the people you're trying to help. Here are some free tools that you can use to create screen capture videos and images. Vessenger, producers of a group messaging system, offers a free program for capturing and annotating images on your computer screen. The free program, called Snaplr, is available for Windows and Mac.

CCSS-Math Professional Development Mathematics is often referred to as the gatekeeper school subject. Careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) related fields are some of the highest wage, highest growth areas in Maine. Furthermore, STEM knowledge is a critical ingredient to developing informed citizens. By increasing understanding in these areas, the Maine Department of Education seeks to support gains in student mathematics achievement and aspirations to pursue STEM careers. As part of the Maine DOE’s commitment to supporting schools in the delivery of effective K-12 mathematics instructional programs, this site provides teachers, administrators, non-profits, higher education faculty, parents and community members with a broad range of resources reflective of Maine’s learning standards.

Problem Solving Decks (K-8) - Mathematics There are many commercial resources available to challenge students to become better problem solvers. This is a collection of favorite problems originally created by the members of the TEAM project. You might consider allowing students to work with partners. Common Core: 5 Technology Tools To Measure Text Complexity by Kellie Ady, District Instructional Technology Coordinator, Cherry Creek Schools I posted some time ago about finding accessible online text, but a recent blog post from Eye on Education (“How to Select Complex Text to Increase Rigor”) made me think about revisiting the topic. My original post was more about finding reading passages for differentiation purposes, but the Common Core’s approach to measuring text complexity has now elevated that need to a whole new level. This post specifically addresses one aspect of text complexity — what the Common Core terms “quantitative evaluation.” It’s important to recognize from the onset that other measures must be in place to adequately explore complexity. Common Core Resources: 5 Technology Tools To Measure Text Complexity

Sample Items and Performance Tasks Smarter Balanced sample items illustrate the rigor and complexity of the English language arts/literacy and mathematics items and performance tasks students will encounter on the Consortium’s next-generation assessments. The sample items and performance tasks are intended to help teachers, administrators, and policymakers implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and preparing for next-generation assessments. They provide an early look into the depth of understanding of the CCSS that will be measured by the Smarter Balanced assessment system. While the items and tasks are not intended to be used as sample tests, educators can use them to begin planning the shifts in instruction that will be required to help students meet the demands of the new assessments. The sample items and tasks can be viewed by grade band (grades 3-5, 6-8, and high school) or content focus.

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