What textbooks are good for teaching the New Math Common Core? Part 4

Posted on March 25, 2013. Filed under: Common Core | Tags: , , , |

In this series of 5 posts we are discussing the Top Ten Things to Think about when considering a new curriculum textbook for teaching the new CCSSM.

Number 8: WHAT IS THE FRAMEWORK THE PROGRAM USES FOR WORD PROBLEMS?  DOES IT MATCH THE CORE’S ADAPTION OF CGI? Does it match the levels designated in the CCSSM Progressions on page 9? How are students encouraged to answer word problems?  Are they open and rich?  Are there opportunities to contextualize (to go from words to numbers) and decontextualize (typical word problems-numbers to words)? Are they micro-wave problems that can be answered in 2 minutes or are they rich problems that require that students know the content and use the practices to answer the questions?

Number 9:  What does assessment look like?  Is it balanced?  Do the assessments assess both the content and the practices? Do they assess all the components of fluency? Are the tests a mix between multiple choice, short answer and extended response?  Do they emphasize the use of precise mathematical language and double-checking? Do they look like any of the exemplars on Illustrative Mathematics ( a site by the people who wrote the CCSSM).

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki


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