Today, we know that average isn’t good enough for our kids, who are losing out to students in other countries as jobs rapidly evolve.
… anyone who uses numbers to make decisions needs to look beyond the calculations and be able to discern what the numbers are telling them.
The tasks created by Exemplars are excellent examples of rich problem-solving that naturally elicit the Practice Standards. Below we will look at the Grade 2 task “Barnyard Buddies” and discuss how it elicits each of the eight Mathematical Practice Standards.
Jay McTighe and Grant Wiggins have written a “must read” paper – “From Common Core Standards to Curriculum: Five Big Ideas,” in which they offer key ideas to guide the work of transforming the Common Core Standards to a functioning curriculum in a school or district.
That first year we implemented the program, our math scores increased by over 30 points to well above passing while decreasing the disparity gap to within 10 points. That was five years ago, and Exemplars is still thriving.
Please share these with your colleagues. We suggest trying our problem-solving tasks in your school and discussing the student work as a team to see how your students approach them.
With the new standards and learning expectations outlined in the Common Core, anchor papers can be a useful tool for helping your teachers and students see and understand what meeting the new standards will “look” like in their classrooms.
As you begin preparing your staff to integrate the Common Core this year, rubrics should play a key role in terms of helping your teachers and students achieve success with the new standards.
To fully prepare for the implementation of the Common Core, teachers must have an understanding of what problem solving is, why it is important and how to go about implementing it. For many, the successful teaching of problem solving will require real pedagogical shifts. What do teachers need to know?
…the use of a well-designed mathematical performance task like those developed by “Exemplars” may reveal how well a student has grasped and applied the math concept in an intervention or lesson(s).