Information included in this Math Kit comes from many websites that reference additional materials, including some from other states, since sharing resources across state lines exemplifies the spirit of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). The intended use of this kit is to provide a compilation of materials and resources designed to increase the knowledge and understanding of the shifts in mathematics instruction according to the CCSS. Some suggested uses: share within professional learning communities, staff meetings, grade level meetings, informational parent sessions, etc.
The Mathematics Kit was designed to give teachers and administrators background information on what is expected for student achievement with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
Each kit has many items suited for job-embedded professional development to assist teachers/schools/districts with implementation of the Mathematics Common Core State Standards. The kits include three separate topics and one key shifts guide. The Table of Contents for each topic lists the specific components including videos, webinars and websites for the shift.
Focus is the few key concepts addressed in the standards at the beginning of each grade. Several standards are needed to cover these key concepts.
Mathematics is like a puzzle, and it becomes logical when the right pieces are connected together. It takes more than one piece to get the whole picture. Coherence is the connections that exist between grades, between standards, between domains, between clusters, and between content and practice.
Rigor is the equal balance of conceptual understanding, application, and procedural skill and fluency. Conceptual Understanding means students understand the mathematics inside and out and can explain it to someone else. Application means using mathematics in an age appropriate real-world context. Procedural skill and fluency means students can see a problem, know what to do to solve it, solve the problem without second-guessing or stumbling, and arrive at the correct answer.
The following pages include a variety of resources that are located online. The link for each website is included. Resources are broken up into the following categories: general, for the classroom, and for parents.