Great mathematics curriculum is hard to come by and many teachers and schools have strong beliefs about how mathematics should be taught. The introduction of Common Core standards and how these are implemented within the classroom has added to the controversy and difficulty in designing and teaching mathematics curriculum. To adequately prepare students for mastery of the standards it is critical to first understand the intent behind and construction of the Common Core Standards.
In an essay titled The Structure is the Standards, the authors tell the following story:
You have just purchased an expensive Grecian urn and asked the dealer to ship it to your house. He picks up a hammer, shatters it into pieces, and explains that he will send one piece a day in an envelope for the next year. You object; he says “don’t worry, I’ll make sure that you get every single piece, and the markings are clear, so you’ll be able to glue them all back together. I’ve got it covered.” Absurd, no? But this is the way many school systems require teachers to deliver mathematics to their students; one piece (i.e. one standard) at a time. They promise their customers (the taxpayers) that by the end of the year they will have “covered” the standards.
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The following mathematics curriculums have been designed by teams of educators and experts and are used in classrooms across the United States with great success. One size doesn’t fit all, so some of the most effective uses of these curriculums may be to piece them together and make it your own. Enjoy!
Secondary Mathematics Curriculum
Coherence across grade levels
One of the most useful tools in understanding the Common Core Standards in Mathematics is the Coherence Map. This tool allows you to see the progression of standards and how they support and build upon each other as students work towards mastery.