Common Core Corner

Welcome to our new series!

If you live in the United States, you’ve been hearing a lot about the Common Core State Standards. And if you teach in one of the 45 states and 3 territories that have adopted the Standards, then you’re probably starting to understand how they will affect your teaching. Since the Math Forum supports teachers and schools across the US, we’ve been studying the CCSS for a while now. We’ve been looking for ways to support teachers to connect the Common Core with what they already know about teaching students to be sense-makers and problem solvers — and to use the Common Core to push themselves to bring even more problem solving and student sense-making into the classroom.

Here’s what we’ve come up with so far:

• How to see which Common Core State Content and Practice Standards your favorite PoWs align with.
• How to find PoWs that relate to certain Content Standards. (available in our Write Math section with a Full PoW membership)
• How to find PoWs that support students to use certain Mathematical Practices.*
• How to use PoWs to support students learning problem-solving skills — and how those skills support their development of Mathematical Practices.*
• Making sense of the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice — what’s new and what’s familiar to teachers using the PoWs.*

* Math Forum’s Problem-Solving and Communication Activity Series, and how it aligns with the Common Core Mathematical Practices.

In future newsletters, this series will feature more tips on how to make the most of your PoW membership as a tool to support CCSS implementation. Stay tuned to:

• Max’s informal blog post in which he muses about how the Common Core Mathematical Practices align with popular Problem-Solving Strategies.
• Suzanne’s CMC ComMuniCator article [PDF] on what it looks like and sounds like to focus on students’ problem-solving practices.
• Classroom videos of Suzanne leading some of the activities and modeling some of the techniques she describes in the CMC ComMuniCator article.

See you back here next quarter!

Max, Suzanne, and the rest of the Math Forum team!