Navigating instructional shifts in math
Instructional shifts in math center on improving essential skills, deepening understanding of concepts, and making math relevant to real-world situations:
- Focusing on essential skills and concepts: The Common Core Standards are designed to be a more rigorous set of standards that allow for a greater understanding because students focus on fewer skills and concepts but explore those skills and concepts at a deeper level.
- Creating a clearer sense of structure: The progression of skills from one grade to the next is apparent when you dig into the standards. This ensures that what a student learns in one grade will be used and built upon in the next grade.
- Infusing rigor into practice and application: Math isn't just about learning formulas and practicing procedures. To help students connect the dots between the theoretical and practical sides of math, the math standards include criteria that develop students' understanding of key concepts, related procedures, and areas where they can apply content to real-life situations.