On Friday, March 16, I had the opportunity to hear John Ewing’s keynote “Who Owns the Common Core Standards?” at this year’s Long Island Mathematics Conference, *Limaçon 2012*.

His message resonated with me for several points that he made:

- describing the standards as having a focus on the
**practices**as well as**understanding**mathematics - there are
**dangers**if we only focus on data driven education because student achievement cannot only be measured in test score data - education is complicated with many goals intertwined (facts and skills, understanding, creativity, attitude, curiosity, lifelong learning) and it is that
**broad view**of education that is important to us as teachers/students

He ended on a positive note:

“This is your opportunity to show…

…that teaching is a profession

…and that teachers are in charge of that profession.”

He encouraged us not to miss this opportunity.

On the blog The Opportunity Equation, you can read a post by John Ewing on this topic: **The Common Core Math Standards: Implications for Teacher Preparation. **

If you agree with Dr. Ewing and you are looking for opportunities — I offer you this one if you are a Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, or 5th grade teacher or if you work with teachers working with students at that level. Visit the Math Forum’s new blog:

## Elementary Mathematics Practices

**What do you notice?** (leave a comment) **What do you wonder? **(leave a comment with a question). Don’t miss the opportunity!