Fall 2011 News for Western 1 Region
Richard Seitz, Western 1 Regional Director
Fall 2011

The Latest News - Common Core State Standards

The latest news for the Western Region is clearly the adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). As of November 2011, all states except Alaska in our Western Region 1 has jumped on the bandwagon. Montana approved the standards on November 4th and added Indian Education for All as a part of its document. The commitment reflects Montana's decision to make the heritage of our native students an integral part of all curriculums. Both Alaska and Montana decided to take a measured, slow look at the CCSS. Look for workshops in Montana and Alaska by the NCSM Western 1 Regional Director this spring.

One exciting initiative from NCSM is the development of "Great Tasks", a handbook of sample activities of lessons that illustrate the standards for practice. Look for a copy of this document to be handed to people attending the annual NCSM conference in Philadelphia. There will be a rollout section for the "Great Tasks" handbook on Tuesday morning at 11:15 at that meeting!

What matters in the CCSS? The standards for practice!

Teach students to:

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  4. Model with mathematics.
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  6. Attend to precision.
  7. Look for and make use of structure.
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

The simple fact is that if your students are exhibiting the above practices, they will be engaged skilled citizens for the earth we are handing them.

Math makes sense out of chaos!

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