# What textbooks are good for teaching the CCSSM?: Part I

People ask me all the time – What text books are good for teaching the New Math Common Core? Well, I think this is a really serious question that deserves time and consideration. In a 5 part series of upcoming posts, I will set out to answer that question.

Here are the first 3 Top Ten Things to think about when deciding on a new textbooks series for teaching the New Math Common Core.

1. In what ways does the textbook program address fluency? Fluency is the 3rd shift! It is super important. It is complex involving 3 major components – speed and accuracy, flexibility and efficiency. Does the program address all 3 of these aspects? In what ways? Is it ongoing or a one shot deal?

2. More specifically, what does the strategy practice look like? The core stresses the use of place value in teaching and learning arithmetic. Is the program aligned with this? Does it teach the strategies for the basic operations and then multiple strategies for operations with multi-digit numbers? How does it build this type of strategic thinking overtime?

3. What does the homework look like? How does it support strategic thinking? How does it support the parents/caregivers supporting their students? (Meaning is it all stuff that parents can’t do…if so, does it provide parent friendly letters explaining what is happening in the book).

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

I am looking forward to your commentary about how to choose textbooks. More important – I am hoping that teachers believe that a book is not the replacement for excellent instruction. Most districts invest a lot of money in textbooks and related resources, so your posts will be most useful. Thank you!

LisaMarch 21, 2013