We have made it through first trimester with soaring success! We have had a wonderful turn out during parent/teacher conferences so far with over 90% parent participation. Parent/teacher conferences were a great time for parents to hear about our instructional changes with the new implementation of the Common Core Standards. To improve student learning the new Common Core State Standards are different from the old ones. These changes are referred to as shifts. Our teachers are working incredibly hard to seamlessly implement the Common Core math shifts in their classrooms. With these shifts come many questions. What are the Common Core math shifts? What should I be looking for? What can I do to help my child? The chart below addresses these questions.
CommonCore Math Standard Shifts
What is Shifting?
What to look for in the Backpack?
What can you do?
Your child will work more deeply in fewer topics, which will ensure full understanding.
(less is more!)
Look for assignments that require students to show their work and explain how they arrived at an answer.
Know what concepts are important for your child based on their grade level and spend time working on those concepts.
Your child will keep building on learning year after year, starting with a strong foundation.
Look for assignments that build on one another. For example, students will focus on adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing. Once these areas are mastered, they will focus on fractions. Building on
that, they will then focus on Algebra. You should be able to see the progression in the topics they learn.
Be aware of what concepts your child struggled with last year and support your child in those challenge areas moving forward.
Your child will spend time practicing and memorizing math facts.
Look for assignments that ask your child to master math facts such as addition groupings up to 20 or multiplication tables.
Help your child know and memorize basic math facts. Ask your child to “do the math” that pops up in daily life.
Your child will understand why the math works and be asked to talk about and prove their
Your child might have assignments that ask her or him to show or explain their mathematical thinking -to SAY why they think their answer is the right one.
Talk to your child about their math homework and ask them to teach you new concepts. Help them figure out ways to explain their thinking.
Your child will now be asked to use math in real-world situations.
Look for math assignments that are based on the real world. For instance, homework for 5th graders might include adding fractions as part of a dessert recipe or determining how much pizza friends ate based on fractions.
Provide time every day for your child to work on math at home.