6th Grade Common Core Math

Tips and Support for Common Core Math Implementation


As part of the AJUSD plan to support teachers in implementing Common Core, K-6 teachers will receive a weekly email (blog post) chalk full of tips and ideas from your colleagues. Attached to this first email (post) you will find an essential map/pacing guide outlining those concepts and skills that are expected to be taught in your grade level. These pacing documents are meant to be a support to you in planning and delivering instruction this year, but are not intended to take the place of classroom level assessments and decisions based on those assessments. Pre-tests and formative assessments should be the driving forces behind the ultimate pacing decisions in your classroom with the understanding that all concepts represented in these pacing documents must be taught to students over the course of the year.

This blog will host those email supports to promote discussion and as a reference.

Purpose of the blog format

Blogs exist for the purpose of having conversations, sharing ideas and resources, while transparently learning together. The author(s) of the blog posts are not experts in this area, but they are another set of eyes to look at Common Core implementation, to help us think about different resources and mathematical practices. Please share your ideas and resources on this blog as we implement Common Core Math Standards.

This is the format we will typically follow

Next Week’s Major Objectives: (grade level specific)

Weekly Tip: Make sure you’ve created a Successnet account. There are many resources there, and this makes it easy to use a projector to teach from the enVision program. If you don’t know how to get set up, please reference an earlier email from Linda Gering.

Double Dose: In order to give students and teachers time for reteaching and differentiation, last year AJUSD set a goal to provide 90 minutes of math instruction daily to students. 60 minutes is the core instruction focused on the weekly major objectives. The additional 30 minutes may be during a different chunk of time (morning message, 30 minutes after lunch, etc.). During this 1st quarter, the recommendation for this time is to focus on cyclical review of previously taught topics (using IE information on previous grade level topics), and using math routines such as those from Kim Sutton, etc. Later in the year we will pre-teach “singleton” concepts drawing from data & analysis, probability, problem-solving, etc. to provide more flexibility and time during core instruction for deep focus on math concepts from numbers & operations, geometry, and other major focus areas.

Math Practices: The math practices highlighted throughout enVision lessons are intended to help students develop “habits of mind”. We want students to think like mathematicians. So, keep in mind that these speak to student behaviors, not teacher behaviors. That being said, there are many things we can do to promote the development of these habits of mind. Tips will be shared throughout this year to help us find ways to encourage students to be thoughtful, precise, strategic mathematicians.

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