Hi, my name is Mari and I’m an educator with 21 successful years under my belt in the classroom teaching mostly great students. Can we talk? The concept of Common Core State Standards is a great one: “The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live.” However, many educators regarding their expected performance of conveying CCSS’s lessons can feel the pressure to perform and measure up breathing down their necks.
Many educators I’ve worked with or read articles about point out that they feel CCSS is a great concept but feel a bit overwhelmed when it comes down to conveying the Standards in an entertaining, engaging, and effective student-friendly manner within the expected completion time limits as outlined by the Curriculum Maps. First, the most important thing is understanding the CCSS provided materials and then conveying the concepts effectively to students. Well, even after 21 years teaching, occasionally I have to take a minute to figure out how some of the answers are derived. If you fall in this category also, just take a knee and nod your head in silence with me and know I feel your pain. It’s not that we’re not up to the task of teaching CCSS, or heaven forbid, have gotten dumber; it’s more the time constraints of everyday teaching coupled along with the expectations placed on us because it’s our job to help our little darlings understand new CCSS math problems like in this example:
Honestly, some CCSS explanations are real head-scratchers. Granted there was a lot of money and effort spent by school districts on CCSS materials for us to be ready for the embrace of CCSS, however, much of the supplied materials’ explanations of given subjects to be introduced to students seem to be written for those who have advanced degrees in understanding gibberish or can understand the “Klingon” dialect for the “Trekies”. But guys, we’re into CCSS four years and the explanations haven’t gotten any better. What about those confused, lost, uninformed parents? Those who want to assist their struggling child with homework, once seeing some of the CCSS material, take on a deer in the headlight type stare over how vague the explanations are.
In order to gain a solid footing with CCSS and convey it so I could feel I wasn’t short-changing my students by not giving them my best, I’ve spent many nights and weekends searching for outside digital resources dealing with CCSS Math. I feel there are some good outside resources available to teachers that can save time and effort when wanting to reinforce lessons, but there are few that pull it altogether.
These are critical areas to pay attention to when purchasing teaching supporting resources:
Do I like the product?
Is there a free sample available or by request?
Is it grade level and age appropriate?
Does it address / reinforce what I’m teaching?
Is it visually engaging?
Are explanations easy for students understand and follow?
Does it encourage conceptual thinking?
Does it encourage critical thinking to reach conclusions?
Can all my related math classes use this product?
Can the product be useful in various classroom group settings?
While following the curriculum sequence is a normal factor in everyday teaching, CCSS added more urgency to get things done on the set time tables of Curriculum Maps. In addition to the pressures of learning, perceiving, transmitting, and assessing new standards for teaching old subjects, teachers now are required to teach their students a new way of learning these old subjects and insure that their students have a grasp of these new ideas so they will be able to ‘Meet or Exceed’ the annual springtime standardized testing. As mentioned, the plight of gathering useful material for those completely new, difficult, and confusing standards is in itself time-consuming and mindboggling. With this notion in mind, TeachersKorner CCSS Math resources was started. I put the difficult and hard-to-find critical point areas in one place to save teachers time when looking for great CCSS Math resources. Our “See the Lesson in Action” concept addresses visual, auditory, and tactile/kinesthetic learning encouraging critical thinking and problem solving skills development.
Our Common Core State Standards Math resources are continually being used in the classrooms of many elementary and middle grade level teachers and are getting great reviews and praises for their ability to engage and motivate students. Students also gain a sense of pride in their ability because they now “See the Lesson in Action”. If you’d like to check out why teachers are excited about our products or get on my safe mailing list for new product releases, just email me here at email@example.com
by: Mari Parson B.A., M.Ed.
Math Intervention Specialist
21 year classroom teacher veteren
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