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Topic: Algebra 1 Module 1 Thoughts?
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Jonathan Halabi

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Re: Algebra 1 Module 1 Thoughts?
Posted: Aug 29, 2013 9:21 AM
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With all due respect, there is progression K - 8.

High school math was a tag on, poorly executed.

There is no "major focus of the grade" - a defining element of common core
k - 8 math.

There is no clear progression.

This is a mish mash. A pile on. As wide as our curricula ever were, leaving
little room for depth.

Rather than alienate half the states, Coleman punted - his people wrote
this open-ended high school thing that would allow both
algebra/geometry/trig and integrated math states to participate, with no
particular sequence, and none of the common core sensibility from the lower

Jonathan Halabi
the Bronx

On Thu, Aug 29, 2013 at 8:58 AM, Kiernan, Katrina <>wrote:

> A major point about the CCLS for math is that it is a PK through 12
> progression of content and topics.
> When you look at just one grade level at a time you miss this idea.
> If you take the time to read the progression documents and read through
> the modules in the elementary grades you will see the progressions and how
> students are trained to understand how numbers behave. I do not profess to
> know enough to comment at great length but have spent a great deal of time
> on CCLS. There is so much more to learn as the progression documents are
> not finished in their entirety (but they are being worked on...TY Andrew
> Chen
> The horrible part about the next couple of years is that the students will
> not have started the CCLS from PK.
> We are being asked to give students the material from whatever starting
> point they are at which provides a great challenge.
> The only advice I will suggest is to read each lesson and pay attention to
> the questions posed in the lessons. If you just focus on the content of
> the lesson you will miss the purpose of how/why the authors progress
> through the material.
> Katrina Kiernan
> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> On Behalf Of Nick B
> Sent: Thursday, August 29, 2013 4:50 AM
> To:
> Subject: Algebra 1 Module 1 Thoughts?
> A team of teachers in my district has spent considerable time this summer
> reviewing the state's version of Module 1 and creating lessons based off of
> what the state has produced. As we delve deeper into the lessons, two
> observations come to mind:
> 1. Many of the lessons (in our humble opinion) lack coherence both within
> lessons and in how they relate to others. For example, students were
> expected to know how to solve x^2 + 8x + 15 = 0 without any instruction on
> how to factor x^2 + 8x + 15. The only factoring that was presented before
> this problem was how to factor something like x(x + 3) + 5(x + 3). To my
> knowledge, the only factoring students come into ninth grade with exposure
> to is factoring a GCF. Even if we are asking students to struggle with
> concepts and think less prescriptively, it seems like a stretch to expect
> the average ninth grader to factor x^2 + 8x + 15 with no formal background
> on how to approach it.
> 2. Many of the lessons are jam-packed with content. For example, there is
> one lesson on how to graph both a system of linear equations and a system
> of inequalities, including how to graph systems of inequalities with more
> than two inequalities. I understand that systems of equations are taught
> in eighth grade, but this seems like a torrid pace, especially considering
> that 70% or so of incoming freshmen scored 1's and 2's on the state
> assessment in eighth grade.
> There are many examples of these kinds of issues within these lessons, but
> I don't want to provide a huge listing. These were two glaring examples
> that stood out in my mind.
> We thought (perhaps we are wrong) that the point of this curriculum was to
> slow down the speed at which topics were being taught so that students can
> have the time to go deeper, which will aid in seeing the interconnectedness
> of various topics. I don't mean to be overly critical of the state's
> lesson plans, as this is the first time that I can recall teachers being
> given such overt guidance, but I'm left wondering if the algebra 1
> curriculum as it currently stands embraces the concepts of Common Core as
> we understand them. From the lessons that we've as a team have worked with,
> we see issues in many of the lessons both within the lessons in terms of
> pacing and the interconnectedness and "flow" of the lessons in terms of
> sequencing and introducing topics at the right time for kids to be prepared
> for future lessons. I don't want to look a gift horse in the mouth and I
> appreciate the efforts the state has made on our behalf, and I'm genuinely
> intrigued about how others view th!
> e lessons and are choosing to handle the upcoming school year. Perhaps we
> are missing the point, in which case we need guidance on how to view these
> lessons appropriately.
> I'm VERY curious to see what others have thought about the lessons in
> Module 1 and to get insight on both how others are handling the sheer
> amount of content in this course as well as how others are planning on
> using the lesson plans (i.e., are you "adopting, adapting, or finding
> completely new curriculum?")
> Nick Bianculli
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