For the past two weeks, I have been working on Chapter 0 An Introduction to the Mathematical Practice Standards.
Please look for the next release on Friday, September 13, 2013 or Saturday, September 14, 2013.
I didn’t write as much this past two weeks as I had hoped. First, I am now back at work full-time teaching. While that can serve as an inspiration, as it did in what chapter I decided to work on, it also uses up a lot of my energy, creative and otherwise. Also, my district has decided to focus on rolling out the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts first, not the standards for Mathematics.
I am puzzled by this, because my principal asked me to go to some professional development sessions sponsored by our district at the beginning of last year. I was trained on the new Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, and have since done some professional development with my colleagues at our school. It certainly seemed to me that the district was going to start with Mathematics first.
It’s only going to slow me down, not stop me. I am going to finish this book; I complete things that I start. However, I have to be honest in saying I was hoping I’d have more of a support system in my work as a teacher as I did the work of writing. Now, I have the challenge of teaching to the Common Core State Standards for Language Arts, while Mathematics is still in transition. And I’m attempting to write a book designed to help parents with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. More challenging than I thought it was going to be, but not impossible. A good percentage of the book is complete.
While my current students will not be graded using the new Common Core State Standards, I have already introduced the Mathematical Practice Standards in the classroom. While we have begun our first unit of study on prime factorization, we are simultaneously working on problem solving and mathematical reasoning. I have already referred to modeling with mathematics several times in class. I like these Mathematical Practice Standards. This year, for my current students and myself, it will be a blend of these new standards from the Common Core with the Mathematical Reasoning standards from the State of California’s standards.