twentyseven Posted April 29, 2012 Share Posted April 29, 2012 I doubt most people will care about this post but it's very important, especially for those who I mentioned in the thread title. In 2014 New York State will be radically changing their math curriculum to something called the Common Core Curriculum. On paper and probably in the long run this will be extremely beneficial for the students but for those first few years, the children will have trouble adjusting to it. The United States is trying to desperately keep up with a lot of the Asian countries in terms of overall math scores and are now adopting a system that is pretty similar to Singapore mathematics. As of right now, when we teach mathematics it is very straight forward and essentially just teaching algorithms and "how to do it". We skill and drill at times and sometimes touch on real world applications. However, come 2014 it will become more "why this works the way it does" and here is a real world application of the concept, now figure out how to do it. For example, in the past when teaching surface area we would say: SA of a rectangular prism = 2(lw +lh + wh) dimensions are length = 5, width = 7 height =2, what is the surface area? Now it will be something like: Jimmy wants to buy a fishtank for his room. He has a 12 inch square space on his desk. If 1 gallon of water = (some amount of cubic inches that I forget) and he buys a 5 gallon tank, what is the height of the tank? Jimmy doesnt want his cat to see the fish inside the tank so wants to cover the tank with contact paper. How much contact paper does he need? (This is a surface area question but it is tricky as the student is supposed to figure out he doesn't need to cover top and bottom thus altering the regular SA formula and testing the conceptual knowledge of the student) This is just for the surface area strand, there will be major adjustments for all mathematics content. Also, expect the statewides to do a lot of field testing on these types of questions. Essentially, field testing is experimental questions thrown into the statewide test but they are not counted towards the student's score. However, the student doesn't know this and could lose valuable time racking his brain on the question. Anyways, I hope some of you find this helpful :) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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