Common Core Math: A Glimpse Inside the Classroom

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Across the country, math teachers are having students collaborate and are encouraging students to work through solutions, in place of lecturing. In Ms. McPhillips’ class, students discuss questions in groups and then explain their reasoning in a larger conversation, a new approach supported by the Common Core. McPhillips says the standards aren’t perfect, but they are a big improvement over her state’s old learning goals. Educators across the country are helping students build stronger fundamental math skills by using multiple problem-solving methods, which help students build numbers fluency, in addition to traditional approaches. Parents too are seeing the results, and more schools are offering outreach to help families support their students.

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