At ECS we believe in developing students’ conceptual understanding of mathematics and reinforcing these understandings through practice in a way that promotes our ECS doings and beings, including reasoning, problem solving, communicating, collaborating, and developing a growth mindset. Through integrated, authentic learning experiences, we strive to raise student achievement and inspire passion for lifelong learning and future careers.
The Mathematics Common Core Standards may feel similar to how you learned or approached math. The methods of teaching and instruction of the content has changed, however, and may feel different or uncomfortable. The Common Core tackle three main principles that may deviate from your personal mathematics instruction:
- Greater focus on fewer topics. Rather than racing to cover many topics in a mile-wide, inch-deep curriculum, the standards ask math teachers to significantly narrow and deepen the way time and energy are spent in the classroom
- Coherence: Linking topics and thinking across grades. Mathematics is not a list of disconnected topics, tricks, or mnemonics; it is a coherent body of knowledge made up of interconnected concepts. Therefore, the standards are designed around coherent progressions from grade to grade. Learning is carefully connected across grades so that students can build new understanding onto foundations built in previous years.
- Rigor: Pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skills and fluency, and application with equal intensity. Rigor refers to deep, authentic command of mathematical concepts, not making math harder or introducing topics at earlier grades. To help students meet the standards, educators will need to pursue, with equal intensity, three aspects of rigor in the major work of each grade: conceptual understanding, procedural skills and fluency, and application. (read more about each of these critical areas here)
At ECS, we have taken the PA Common Core Standards for Mathematics and sequenced them to help parents and caregivers better understand how content flows and grows throughout the ECS math program. Check out our K-8 Curriculum Scope and Sequence to see what topics and content are covered from year to year. Additionally,we use this visual to show how concepts are sequenced over the entire program.
As in any change in public policy around education, there are facts and myths associated with the Common Core. Review here and here to build greater understanding of this change to how we teach and instruct in this subject.
Math Resources for Parents/Caregivers to support students