Curriculum Central Math
The Common Core Learning Standards for Mathematics emphasize focus and coherence. The standards focus on core conceptual understandings and procedures starting in the early grades, thus enabling teachers to take the time needed to teach core concepts and procedures well—and to give students the opportunity to master them. The standards progress from grade to grade, coordinate with each other within a grade and are clustered together into coherent bodies of knowledge.
Our curriculum is being created and refined to respond to these instructional shifts. While evaluating and designing the unit plans, we concentrated on critical areas for each grade level. Each unit explicitly groups standards together in support of these focus areas. The curriculum also offers specific instructional strategies that align with the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students. These practices rest on important “processes and proficiencies” with longstanding importance in mathematics education.
- Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
- Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
- Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
- Model with mathematics.
- Use appropriate tools strategically.
- Attend to precision.
- Look for and make use of structure.
- Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning