Math before the Common Core focused on computation, which is learning how to solve for the right answer. Students -in those days- were taught to memorize math rules and formulas. Most learners were never explained the purpose behind these math rules or how math works.
The Common Core Standards shifts this mindset. It recommends teachers instruct students on mathematical reasoning, communication, and computation. This type of instruction encourages learners to think like a mathematician to solve real-world problems within mathematics, or scenarios that can arise from science.
From now on, math educators will teach learners how to:
- Break down a math problem to its basic numerical structure;
- Find different mathematical approaches; and
- Justify and explain their computational strategies.
- Critique their own and their peer’s mathematical reasoning .
Learning math in this matter leads to deeper understanding of mathematics. This will allow students time to master important ideas and skills in a more organized way throughout the year and from one grade to the next.
- USA (2014). Common Core math is not fuzzy. Available at:http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/09/15/common-core-math-education-standards-fluency-column/15693531/
- Parent Roadmaps to the Common Core Standards-Mathematics (2012). Available at: http://www.cgcs.org/page/244
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