These resources deal with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM).
March 21, 2016
This article from Scientific American dissects one of many homework assignments that have outraged parents recently, often with blame falling to the Common Core State Standards.
The over-politicization of math education is a major cause for United States students' ongoing struggles with math in school.
What is the quality of the instructional activities that students will be engaged with everyday? Diane Briars explores this question.
Diane Briars differentiates between the learning goals of a particular lesson and the Common Core State Standards associated with it.
In this video from NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), Executive Director Rhian Evans Allvin describes their new white paper about developmentally appropriate practice within Common Core State Standards.
Results from PISA suggest that the highest achievers are the students who view math as a set of large, connected concepts, while those who utilize rote memorization for math facts and procedures are the lowest-achieving.
When teaching students math, we often do so in a way that doesn't help them make sense of the subject. We teach the steps to take to get an answer, rather helping them understand why those are the steps to take.
While many believe that students learn math on a straight-forward, linear path, they actually pull ideas from many different sources when completing a problem. The challenge for the teacher, then, is to take these students, all in different places, and help them reach the agreed-upon standards.
Phil Daro explains that the main cause behind the United States' lagging academic performance, particularly in math education, is not the students, the teachers, or the schools, but rather the curriculum, specifically in its attempt to cover too much material.
This article from The New York Times looks in depth at the United States' less-than-perfect history of math education reforms and suggests that for any reform to be truly successful, stronger teacher support is necessary.