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Any tips on transitioning middle school students to the common core math standards would be great.

Sep 12, 2013 9:50am

Many students have been achieving great grades thus far from memorizing facts and procedures and now a lot more critical thinking and problem solving is required. Any tips on transitioning these types of students would be helpful.

  • Math
  • 6-8
  • Common Core


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    • Sep 12, 2013 9:36pm

      The Common Core requires a balance between conceptual understanding, procedural fluency, and application. One tip is to not drop procedural fluency work altogether, but do it in the areas the Common Core requires it. This will allow students who feel particularly successf with this type of math to still experience success. In addition, our job as teachers is to stet h their thinking and foster academic growth. I explain this to my students and let them know I'll be challenging them and asking them to do math in new ways, but that I'll help them and provide support. They know up front they'll have the opportunity to show their skill with procedural fluency, but also be challenged to do more problem solving. I also find that scaffolding tasks and problems in the beginning helps as a bridge to independence. A gradual release model of "I do," "we do," "you do" works well. Model it, do it with them, and then ask them to try it on their own.