This news article points out how the Math Common Core Standards will introduce some math topics at an earlier grade, push aside other topics to teach fewer topics to greater depths, and ask students to engage in eight "mathematical practices" to show their understanding, from making sense of problems to reasoning absstractly and constructing viable arguments.
Education Week: Big Shifts Ahead for Math Instruction (April 23, 2012)
What strategies are you discussing at the NCTM Conference and which you plan to use to address the "deeper learning" that will prepare your students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their rapidly changing world?
I know that the Education Arcade at MIT has thought about ways to engage students in the critical thinking and problem-solving. We hope that our free, online game, Lure of the Labyrinth, that was developed in partnership with Maryland Public Television and FableVision will support teachers efforts to get students thinking more deeply about math. All of the puzzles are aligned with common core math standards If you are interested in taking a "test-drive" with your middle grades students, enroll them in the Labyrinth Challenge running now through June 15th. It's a great way to end the year with a bang, try out something new that could support your teaching in the fall AND earn prizes like Lenovo ThinkPad Tablets, FV software, books and art. The grand prize -- a trip to Boston for the winning teacher. Check it out at http://bit.ly/HkhCNu
What about a super math game to help students estimate length and angles, fractions, decimals, and the use of the virtual ruler and protractor? Virtual golf offers a challenging workout that requires students to estimate the angle they want to hit the ball and how far they want to hit it. There are sand traps, water hazards, and trees to avoid.
Do you know other gaming resources that reinforce Common Core standards?
Math Live is a great website designed to present students with animated stories that teach mathematics lessons. There are 23 lessons for elementary school and middle school students. The lessons are divided into four categories; Number, Patterns and Relations, Shape and Space, Statistics and Probability. Each animated lesson is accompanied by a mathematics worksheet that students complete either while watching the lesson or after viewing the lesson.
Math Live provides students with some real world examples of the uses of mathematics. In addition to the student worksheets, Math Live provides teachers with downloadable teaching guides. For parents who would like to help their children with mathematics, Math Live offers parent guides.
How can you use this resource to help students learn math skills?
In the state of South Dakota, the Dept. of Education has made it their mission to help teachers with the shifts in ELA and Math. They are providing module trainings throughout the state including:
They are now moving to trainings on Standards Based Report Cards and Science. They are also setting up online courses for teachers who have missed the face to face sessions above. It is a huge project and I think the teachers in SD are using the Common Core Standards in their classrooms with greater knowledge and understanding.