Teachers can help both parents and students transition to Common Core

When it comes to Common Core State Standards for math, many are beginning to question if schools will be up for the challenge of taking on more rigorous lesson plans. Although the new curricula will provide students with better preparation for college and 21st century careers, they will also have to get through a transition period. With new resources such as adaptive learning programs, it’s up to parents and teachers to help promote student readiness for new math skills.

Times are changing
One of the biggest changes most students will face with math learning comes with a greater focus on group assignments in the classroom. Upon walking into the classroom, students may even be asked to sit together and work their way through math problems, especially at the high school level.

Instead of simply answering the questions, kids will need to understand how they got to the solution. In order to promote career readiness, it’s important that educators help students understand the processes. The New York Times explained that this is an excellent way to highlight the creativity and collaboration that the Common Core is meant to bring to life.

Teacher action
Since CCSS doesn’t specify specific curricula or delivery, it’s in the hands of educators to find what works best. Many teachers will want to include real-world examples in their lessons to show students why this content is important. There are a number of ways in which topics like area and volume can be shown as relevant in everyday activities.

In order to make sure teachers are prepared to take on these changes, some schools are providing additional training, according to The Advocate. In Lafayette, La., teachers are learning what they’ll need to do to ensure their students’ parents are prepared to make changes when it comes to homework as there will be an increase to the amount of work done at the kitchen table.

Teachers will need to inform parents not to ask kids what they learned in school, but rather how they learned it. During math homework, it will also be important for parents to make sure that their children are able to come to answers in more than one way and explain each of the methods. So not only will teachers and students be undergoing a transition period, the parents will too. This is where parent-teacher interaction will play an important role in the success of CCSS.

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Neal Manegold

Producer, DreamBox Learning | MBA, Technology Management | NBCT, Middle Childhood