I have to admit that upon first look into the CCSS I did not understand them. I read through them and just couldn't quite figure out what exactly I was supposed to be teaching. Each one was a couple of vague sentences that was not at all specific and I wasn't sure what they would actually look like in a classroom.
I saw these flipbooks all over twitter and blogs and pinterest and it only took me a glance through to understand why. For me, these babies have been the most helpful things ever.
Just in case there's anyone that hasn't already seen them, for every standard they give:
- a more complete explanation of what the standard means, this has been really helpful
- example problem(s) for every single standard
- instructional strategies with tips on good ways to go about teaching the standard, often including what students have learned before that you can expand upon
- common misconceptions surrounding the topic that may arise
I got excited about these within the last two weeks or so of school and wanted to share them so I sent a link to my principal and supervisor. Well after looking through them they agreed and my supervisor said to just let her know what I want and she would have them made up for all the math teachers in the district...on colored cardstock of my choosing. When I went in last week to start working they were all there done- printed, tabs cut out, and bound. How awesome is that?? In September all the other teachers should be getting theirs.
What we ended up doing was making three different ones for algebra 1, geometry, and algebra 2. The cover sheets I just typed up myself. Each one only contains the standards that are covered in that course. Each strand (number and quantity algebra, geometry, functions, statistics and probability) is printed on a different colored paper.
Another resource that I'm LOVING is shmoop and I am just disappointed that I didn't stumble upon this sooner. Has anyone else seen this??
If anyone that is like me and is having difficulty wrapping their head around exactly what we're supposed to be teaching with each standard then you need to go check this out like right now.
At the top of the page is a super easy to use drop down menu to get you to exactly which standard you need. And then they offer explanations of each one that is so easy to understand. And if that wasn't enough, for every single standard they also offer either a worksheet or quiz with practice problems.
For me, the problems have been so valuable. Formal language is great and all, but ultimately I just want to know what the kids need to be able to do. It helps me understand what's really going on.
You can also tell that whoever is writing for them is having fun with it, while still providing great content. Their explanations are often funny. I found one that relates functions to Justin Beiber and Megan Fox. At the bottom of every worksheet they write:
Shmoop will make you a better lover (of literature, math, life...)So yeah..you should go check that out right now.