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Common Core Math Curriculum: How Do We Know It's Aligned?

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As more and more teachers become familiar with the common core math standards, the question that is beginning to crop up is,  "What curriculum (ie.

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When the Stars Align

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Yesterday, it was as though the stars aligned and things I have been working on for over twenty years converged and crystallized in my mind.

Years ago when my children were young, I was the public speaking leader for their 4-H club. I taught 4-Hers how to write and deliver interesting and engaging speeches. They learned how to hook the audience by peaking their curiosity, deliver the bulk of the message in the body of the speech, and end in a clever way, usually leaving the audience wanting more.

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New and Improved? Assessments

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When it comes to discussions of the common core, the conversation quickly turns to the question uppermost in teachers’ minds,  “What will the new state assessment look like?”   The truth of the matter is, we aren’t sure yet.

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When Five Plus Five Equals Eight

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For the last several months, I have been privileged to work with hundreds of teachers as they unpack the Common Core State Standards. In each session, which have been held in grade level groups, we have worked through the meanings of the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice and each time one point becomes extremely obvious.  These eight standards, or measures of student behavior, are inextricably linked.  It is no surprise really, as they were developed using information from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM

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Persistent Problem Solving

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A question I have been asked frequently is, "What should the common core look like in practice?"  In my opinion there is no one right answer to that question.  However, the common core's eight standards for mathematical practice suggests that it should not be business as usual.

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All For One and One For All

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Seven entities with vested interest in the area of mathematics and common core state standards have agreed to lend their collective expertise to the formation of a new coalition called MC3.  The organizations include the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM), the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC), and the Partnership for the Assessment of Re

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Good Advice From the Top

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I just read a blog post by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics President, J. Michael Shaughness, about the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

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Tidbits from NCSM

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A few weeks ago,  I attended a meeting of the Kansas State Mathematics Leaders.  A good portion of our day was spent discussing the common core state standards and what is known about the future mathematics assessment.  Several of the members attended the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics national convention and reported back to the group.  Here are some of the things they shared.

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New... and Improved? Assessments

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When it comes to discussions of the common core, the conversation quickly turns to the question uppermost in teachers’ minds,  “What will the new state assessment look like?”   The truth of the matter is, we aren’t sure yet. 

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Where Do We Begin?

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A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. ~Lao-tzu Chinese philosopher (604 BC – 531 BC)

With every new task we undertake, there is the question of where to begin. Sometimes the first step is obvious and other times there are various options. Moving to the Common Core State Standards could be equated to the journey of a thousand miles, in that it requires new learning for the majority of teachers in the nation.

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