Monday, December 30, 2013
Common core math
Many disagree with common core... It's like everything else in life; there are pros and cons. This post is not to discuss either in detail, but it is merely to brag on Mollye.
Common core math requires thinking past just the answer. It requires defending your answer. It requires showing your answer in many different forms. It requires lots of mental math and LOTS of thinking!
I, for one, personally hate this because I believe math is a simple answer. Unfortunately, i was taught that way... there was only one way to solve problems and only one answer. I would DIE if i had to take a CRA test. However, I love the opportunities it gives my students, and I LOVE watching the mental math involved. For this reason, I do enjoy common core math! You would be amazed at the problems my students can answer in mere seconds using nothing but their brain! And no, they are not writing the problem out in the air trying to "see" the answer. They truly have a more in depth knowledge of numbers than I ever had! I bet many of my 7 year old students could answer quicker than most adults at answering problems such as 47+39.
Common core you come with good and bad, but I am thankful that in today's world, where calculators appeared to be the only method for many, my 5 year old is beginning to have a deeper understanding of numbers! Today she rocked this word problem all on her own! Great detail! Bring it, kindergarten CRA! Ha!