Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A new mindset for teaching Math CC

I have a confession: I haven't felt supremely confident about teaching math common core style.  It feels... messy.  And I'm ok with messy in a hands-on way: my concern was our messy work never matching "the answer" in the back of the book.
I'm having to rethink my preconceived notions, and it's entirely due to Dan Meyer's amazing TED talk. I love the idea of creating multimedia to intrigue students and draw them into the mathematical thinking process.  Having those grand math conversations and really having them get it- isn't that the point?  Deeper concept knowledge?  Real world applications?
I'm in.
Are you?

Check out this amazing website, NextVista, where students and teachers can submit educational videos.  I also love that they have video contests!

PS I would sooooo love to share the multimedia and problems that I'm doing in my class... if you will share yours too!  Promise?


Tina Moricz

Hi Ash,

Meyer is a genius. I've been teaching CC for the last two years and love it. You have to find the balance between helping kids obtain the skills they need and making sure they are doing that through a real world lens. I recommend checking out Jennie Magierra's site:Teaching Like It's 2099 and Jennifer Findley's site: Teaching to Inspire in 5th. Jennie is a huge Meyer follower and did some amazing real life learning in her class. Jennifer's TPT CC Math stuff is right on and will help you transition to teaching with the core in math. Good luck as you plan!


I don't know that anyone feels extremely confident teaching anything Common Core yet. lol
My principal and I watched this video just this past school year. It really makes you think about math instruction. I watched it again though because you have to hear things 7 times... lol
Thanks for sharing this! I will need someone to throw ideas back and forth with this coming up school year. Look forward to reading more from you.
Antoinette :)

Teacher and Life Long Learner

Thanks for sharing Ash! Yes, a shift in paradigm!
Smiles and stop by anytime!

Ashley Cross

Thanks for the comments everyone!
@Tina- Jennie is actually a real life (Nonvirtual? better wording?) colleague of mine from the Google Teacher Academy! However, I will have to go back and look at the specific resources you posted!

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