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Madeline Ahearn, school administrator in Eugene, Oregon, wrote recently that the Common Core standards offer students a better chance at success in math.
Stanford Education Professor: Math is more about deep understanding than memorization — Hechinger Report
In an article for the Hechinger Report, Stanford mathematics Professor Jo Boaler argues that, contrary to popular belief, true math skills come from deep understanding rather than memorization. This erroneous assumption is widespread and detrimental to math learners who come to believe they simply aren’t “math people.”
The Common Core math standards do, she says, recognize the value of conceptual learning in math, opening the door for more math learners:
Common Core math standards too challenging for little kids? This teacher and early childhood expert says, “Not at all!”
Critics of Common Core often argue that the standards–particularly the math standards–are too challenging and are developmentally inappropriate for children. Indeed, it was the basis of several testimonies to the House and Senate Education Committee when they were considering bills on standards and testing in this legislative session.
But Douglas H. Clements, an expert on early childhood education (holder of the University of Denver’s Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and serves as the Executive Director of the Marsico Institute of Early Learning and Literacy), disagrees. In an article featured in Preschool Matters, he and his co-authors say that people use the phrase “developmentally appropriate” as a “Rorschach test for whatever a person wants to see or argue against.” (more…)
Here’s a great video by Vox, the news website that’s all about the bottom line reality of issues in the news. In other words, the video is not from an advocacy group. And it shows in 3 minutes and 11 seconds why the Common Core standards want our second graders to understand more about subtraction than “borrow the one.” (more…)
Here is a wonderful piece by Stanford math professor Jo Boaler. I offer it not as part of the Common Core debate but because it lives in a world so far beyond that debate. Whether or not you are a math person, so to speak, you will enjoy this. (more…)
Middle school math teacher Jamie Sirois explains Common Core rigor: “I’ve made big changes in how I prepare for my classroom.”
Jamie Sirois, Stratham Cooperative Middle School teacher and Learning Area Leader, along with two of other colleagues from Bow Memorial School and Winnisquam Regional, gave a great workshop on the Common Core math standards at the NEA-NH Spring Instructional Conference at Bow High School on April 5th.
Among other things, she said,
“Rigor requires conceptual understanding, procedural skill, fluency and the ability to apply math to real problems. It is an equal balance of these three that creates rigor.”
Drs. Milgram and Stotsky have made a career of traveling the country opposing the Common Core on the basis that all the other participants are engaged in a conspiracy and that only Milgram and Stotsky know how to teach math and English.
They both submitted testimony to the New Hampshire House Education Committee making those very points. Here is James Milgram testimony to NH House Education Committee and here is Stotsky’s. (more…)