Math Rocks, Mission #3:
Our mission last week watching this talk, a ShadowCon2016 talk, by Graham Fletcher, and become inspired to look deeper into our state standards. As I read what teachers have written and shared, I have noticed so many writing about the process standards! How exciting! For teachers in Texas, the process standards tell us HOW the students will approach learning math. The teachers are now planning how to bring life to mathematics using the verbs found within the process standards! Yay! It is going to be fun!
Regardless of which standards we were digging into, the common thread was “I never noticed that ___________ was/was NOT in the TEKS before!” My own personal moment of clarity was regarding recall of the facts in 3rd grade! Now, we teachers are committing to including this new understanding in our teaching, whether it means that we are going to go deeper with our students, or “stay in our lane” because something that I have always done is actually found within the standards of a different grade level.
And this is just in math!
I’m wondering what would happen if as a collaborative group, we “dug deep” into the standards in every content area, and looked for those pearls of understanding?!?! How do we make the time for something so important? I’m still reflecting about that. More to follow.