Secondary math instruction & assessment in light of the Common Core: the Mathematics Assessment Project
To truly meet the demands of the Common Core State Standards it is not sufficient to simply revise the list of mathematical content covered in the curriculum. The Standards' emphasis on Mathematical Practices require students to be able to think mathematically, and apply the techniques they have learned to rich problems in diverse contexts. Achieving this requires changes in the way mathematics is taught and assessed in most schools.
The Mathematics Assessment Project has developed the Classroom Challenges to exemplify the types of activities needed to supplement traditional classroom practice and support the Standards. This professional development series has been designed to help teachers with the practical and pedagogical challenges faced in implementing these lessons.
This professional development series focuses on
- introducing the model of formative assessment used in the lessons, its theoretical background and practical implementation
- exploring the planning around the two types of Classroom Challenges in detail
- exploring two crucial pedagogical features of the lessons: asking probing questions and collaborative learning
This professional development series is activity-based; built around a collection of example classroom lessons aligned to the Mathematical Practices and Content called for in the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Groups of teachers will be engaged in constructive discussions about their own practices and how these could change. Teachers will be provided with time to plan to teach a lesson using these ideas in their own classroom, and meet again to reflect on their experiences.
Principals: attend with your teachers to watch, learn, plan, and support the implementation of the Common Core with fidelity.