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Why are we doing Common Core?
These standards are set at each grade level to assure competitive college and career readiness. They don’t dictate how to each, but they do lend themselves well to inquiry-based teaching methods.
Why isn’t math taught the way I learned it?
Research on current best practices tells us that the “stand and deliver” traditional teaching method does not lead to deep learning and retention. We want our students to be able to understand problems, have strategies for solving them, communicate their ideas and justify their reasoning.
So, what does that look like in a math class?
There is lots of group work, discussion and productive struggle.
Tell me more about productive struggle.
Productive struggle looks like students wrestling with ideas, trying different strategies, etc. It achieves results where students receive deeper understanding empowering them as mathematical thinkers. It can be very frustrating to adjust when you want the “Tell me what to do” method of teaching. It emphasizes understanding rather than speed. Teachers are facilitators of learning.
Where can I learn more?