Finding the Good in the Common Core
In general, I don’t like the Common Core State Standards (#standardizethat), but today I think I may have found a use for them.
I was looking for a student-friendly reading on what makes a good mathematics learner. My plan is to run a Socratic seminar prior to developing class norms and beginning our real mathematics work (we don’t start school until after Labor Day, and spent the first week and a half building school-wide culture…so we won’t even be starting “math” until Monday). I felt like my search was coming up short.
Then I remembered the Standards for Mathematical Practice within the CCSS. As it turns out, that part is not too bad – although it is a bit lacking on some things I consider important, like learning from mistakes and risk-taking.
I re-phrased, re-worded, and deleted my way to what I think will be a decent, short read for learners leading into a text-based seminar. Here it is…I’d love to hear what you think (is it still over a ninth-grader’s head? will it help spark meaningful discussion? is it just garbage warmed over?).
(the formatting is a little screwy…I think because I wrote it in Pages).