The new Common Core Standards will refocus the concepts taught, mastered, and introduced in the classroom. As we are knee deep in learning about these changes........what impact will they make in our classromms? How can we best adapt technology to integrate into our lessons? I am curious as to how others feel about this????
I think that for secondary math, my teaching area, that the common core is still a mile wide and an inch deep. I feel that I am focusing on abstract knowledge that will help only a few math minded students that will excel at mathematical professional jobs, but the majority of my students will be left with a lack of practical math skills that the avereage family will need.
Examples would be how to file personal taxes; how to compare mortage company rates; how to do basic construciton on a backyard shed and advanced budgeting. Currently I can go over these, not because they are official common core items, but because I can dance around an implement it, but it is only a focus for a week at a time. Then it is time to move onto completeing the suare so that i can find zeros for a quadratic function. Why are we not spending months on the application of practical, math, not the abstract math
By implementing graphic organizer instructional tools, I have composed a newsletter with www.feedblitz.com, and a survey assessment with www.surveymonkey.com. My question to an organization that I am associated with asked, If an entire elementary grade level class can be taught with graphic organizers.